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Saturday, October 29, 2011
1Q: Stanford 7, USC 3

By Kevin Gemmell

LOS ANGELES -- Tough start for Stanford. On the opening kickoff, tight end Zach Ertz came limping off, leaving the Cardinal without one of their "Big 3" tight ends. By the end of the first quarter, he had a brace on his right leg and he was on crutches.

But that still didn't stop Andrew Luck from completing his first five passes on an opening drive touchdown march that spanned 83 yards and ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Tyler Gaffney.

Stanford has thrived this season with its three tight end formations. Will be interesting to see how they move forward the rest of the game and what this does to their overall offensive scheme.

USC -- after punting on its opening possession, moved deep into Cardinal territory but were turned away (and the Cardinal might have gotten away with a pass interference) so the Trojans settled for a field goal.