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USC's star may be fading

The Trojans' second heartbreaking loss in a row diminishes the USC mystique

Updated: October 10, 2010, 6:49 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The 62 yards worth of field goals that have beaten the USC Trojans in the dying seconds of the past two games might look like the reason nobody is taking this team seriously.

They're just the symptoms, pock marks on the skin. The illness is inside and it's burning this team up.

If a guy hits the ball with his ankle instead of his foot -- exactly what Stanford's Nate Whitaker did on the extra-point attempt he flubbed just before his winning 30-yard ...

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