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Tre Madden’s season, USC career ends because of injury

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Injuries have plagued Tre Madden throughout his time at USC, and now another medical issue will bring a premature end to his 2015 season — and his collegiate career for good measure.

Saturday, head coach Clay Helton confirmed that Madden underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this past Monday. As a result, the running back will be sidelined for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin.

Additionally, because he’s in his final season of eligibility, Madden will have played his last game as a Trojan.

Madden had been dealing with a knee issue for a sizable portion of the 2015 season. In fact, the injury cost the senior all or parts of more than half the games this year.

This season just continues a frustrating health trend for the talented tailback.

After moving from linebacker to running back in the spring of 2012, Madden missed all of that season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Hamstring issues slowed him down for a handful of games in 2013, then he missed the entire 2014 season because of turf toe.

Madden will finish his collegiate career with 1,155 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in what essentially amounted to one full season of play.  When healthy, he was also a threat out of the backfield as he caught 32 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns.

Stanford leads No. 6 USC at the half, 24-21

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Good Kevin Hogan has led to a really good first half between Stanford and No. 6 USC.

Hogan completed 13 of 17 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, including a 17-yard strike to Devin Cajuste with three seconds before halftime to stake Stanford to a 24-21 lead at the L.A. Coliseum.

The Trojans led 14-7 after the first quarter and 21-10 midway through the second quarter, but the Cardinal – who struggled mightily to move the ball at Northwestern two weeks ago – marched 162 yards in 17 plays on its last two possessions to take the lead. Stanford has gained 322 yards in the first half to USC’s 279.

Cody Kessler connected on 10-of-12 throws for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and Tre Madden added nine rushes for 64 yards and a score. JuJu Smith-Schuster notched three grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Stanford will receive to open the second half.