Stanford and USC have regularly given us some of the best games of the year out West and the two California rivals are well on their way to doing so once again this season.
Well, unless you like defense that is.
The Trojans managed to hold onto a 28-17 lead going into halftime of a WAC-esque shootout at the L.A. Coliseum that will send all four coordinators involved back to the white board at halftime to come up with something new.
A week after everybody wondering what was wrong with Heisman favorite Sam Darnold, the young quarterback responded in a big way by completing 11 consecutive passes to open the contest and finishing the first two quarters with 225 yards and three touchdowns. He wasn’t the only one who looked impressive in cardinal and gold though, as the run game was hitting on all cylinders between Ronald Jones (29 yards, one score) and freshman Stephen Carr (62 yards).
But for everything the Trojans could do, so could the Cardinal. Bryce Love became the latest tailback to torment a Southern California rival as he rushed for 137 yards and a score — most coming on an untouched 75 yard scamper that set the tone for the offense early in the game.
Everybody expected this to be the one of the biggest games of the year and the Pac-12 opener has certainly lived up to that early billing after one half in Los Angeles.