College football saw its second major upset in as many weeks today as Stanford topped the second ranked USC Trojans 21-14. USC’s high powered offense was stymied all evening, as QB Matt Barkley was held to 253 yards passing, no TDs, and 2 picks. USC managed only 276 yards of total offense. It was a stunning disappointment for a team many had pegged to be a national title contender.
The offense fell absolutely flat for USC. The team went 0-12 on third downs, and was penalized 8 times for 84 yards. The Trojans turned the ball over 3 times, losing 1 fumble in addition to Barkley’s 2 interceptions. Stanford won the time of possession battle, as USC’s ground game was nonexistent. The Trojans managed to rush for a mere 23 yards.
The loss likely crushes any hopes USC had for the title game. It will need other top teams to lose along the way. There are several strong contenders that could go undefeated, including #1 Alabama, #3 LSU, #5 Oklahoma, and #6 Florida St. The Trojans will also have to deal with #4 Oregon down the road. USC joins Arkansas in the upset department. The Razorbacks lost to Louisiana-Monroe last week.