Saturday Night College Football

Season 6 Episode 8

(4) Stanford at (20) USC

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2011 on ABC
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(4) Stanford at (20) USC

The #4 Stanford Cardinal (7-0, 5-0) travel to the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California to face the #20 USC Trojans (6-1, 3-1) in Pac-12 play.
Final Score: Stanford 56 USC 48 (3 OT)

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  • Absolutely Amazing!!

    This is one of the best regular season college football games I've seen in my life. From start to finish, these two went at each other up and down the field and it continued through three overtimes. Were is not for the USC fumble in OT #3, who knows how long this would have gone on.

    Despite the interception, Andrew Luck cemented his #1 draft status in front of a national TV audience and Matt Barkley showed that he too is a first rounder, if he chooses to enter the draft. The defenses were very good also - especially in the first half - when the score was 10-6. Even though there were 52 points scored in the second half, both defenses made plays. By the overtime, it looked like both defenses were totally worn out and both sides were scoring with relative ease.I think the difference, albeit subtle, was USC's lack of depth. This is a school that used to be able to run second and even third stringers that could start on a majority of teams in the country. With the transfers and loss of scholarships, they can't do that any more and against good teams - especially great ones - that matters.moreless

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    • (on Andrew Luck's interception with 3:08 left in the game that cornerback Nickell Robey returned for a touchdown to give USC a 34-27 lead)
      Stanford Coach David Shaw: One thing you can't forget about Andrew is he's the most competitive guy on the team. When he makes a bad play, he can get down, but then he flushes it. He was so mad at himself, he was not going to let that be the play that lost the game for us. He was so upset for about 45 seconds. Then he flushed it and moved on and then made the plays.

      Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck: I was very disappointed in myself for a couple of seconds. I wanted to find a big hole and bury myself in it. But the guys believed in me and for that I am grateful. It was a relief that there was still time on the clock.

      Stanford Safety Michael Thomas: I always have faith in our offense. I never doubted they would score. It was just a little adversity.

    • Stanford Coach David Shaw: Hopefully, we showed to a national television audience that we're not just one guy. We're not just Andrew Luck. We've got really, really good college football players - and we've got a lot of them.

      Stanford Coach David Shaw: We talked about fighting adversity. I didn't know there was going to be this much adversity, but the kids fought through, and I love them to death for it

    • (on Andrew Luck)
      USC Coach Lane Kiffin: Outside of the one interception, he was fantastic. The stats aren't going to show the plays he made, but he's a really special pocket passer and makes plays with his feet. It's why he'll be the first pick in the draft.

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