Saturday, November 14, 2009
Final: Stanford 55, USC 21
By ESPN.com staff
LOS ANGELES -- The news coming into the game was the legitimacy of Stanford's hopes of winning.
Don't recall seeing anyone predicting a blowout.
At least one delivered by Stanford.
Say it now: USC will not win or share the Pac-10 title in 2009. That hasn't been said since 2001.
The Trojans run is over.
Also, this is:
- The first Nov. loss under Pete Carroll (had been 28-0)
- The first homecoming loss under Pete Carroll (had been 8-0)
- The worst loss of the Pete Carroll Era -- two weeks after Oregon set the mark with a 47-20 win.
It also ends a 12-game home winning streak. USC has won 47 of 49 at home. But both losses came to Stanford.
As for the Cardinal, they conclude their Pac-10 schedule next week at home in the Big Game with California.
The Cardinal (7-3, 6-2) will be watching everyone else the final two weekends of the season. Why?
To find out if they're going to the Rose Bowl.