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No. 11 USC beats No. 14 Stanford 31-28 for Pac-12 title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) With the Pac-12 championship hanging in the balance, Southern California delivered a goal-line stand followed by a 99-yard drive that gave the Trojans their first conference title in nine years.

Sam Darnold's 54-yard pass to Michael Pittman Jr. keyed the long drive after Uchenna Nwosu preserved the lead with the defensive stop that led No. 11 USC to a 31-28 victory over No. 14 Stanford on Friday night.

''It was time to dig deep and win a championship,'' coach Clay Helton said. ''When you're trying to win one, those are the plays that are going to define you and define your football team.''

The Trojans (11-2, No. 10 CFP) led 24-21 when the Cardinal (9-4, No. 12) drove down the field in position to tie the game or take the lead.

But facing a third down from the 2, Stanford kept star back Bryce Love on the sideline with his gimpy ankle to rely on short-yardage back Cameron Scarlett instead. Scarlett ran on successive plays, gaining 1 yard on third down and then being stopped just short of the end zone on fourth.

''The bottom line is we had opportunities and we didn't make enough plays,'' coach David Shaw said. ''We made enough plays to keep it close but not enough plays to win. The sequence of fourth-and-1 to take the lead in the Pac-12 championship game, there's no hesitation at all. That's what we're going to do.''

Shaw figured at worst, Stanford would come out of that situation with a defensive stop and good field position on the ensuing drive but those hopes ended when Darnold delivered the offensive play of the game.

After Ronald Jones gained 1 yard on first down, Darnold dropped back to pass and quickly was under pressure. He stepped up and appeared ready to run before launching a pass to Pittman to get USC out of trouble.

''That's kind of what you expect from Sam, to make those crazy plays,'' Pittman said. ''That's why he's one of the best players in the country.''

Jones finished that drive with an 8-yard run that made it 31-21 to cap a productive night where he ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns to give USC its first Pac-12 title since 2008.

Darnold was 17 for 24 for 325 yards with TD passes to Pittman and Tyler Vaughns to lead the way for USC.

The win gives USC a season sweep against Stanford and will likely send the Trojans to the Fiesta Bowl. USC still holds out hope for a spot in the four-team playoff if there are several upsets in other conference title games on Saturday but the chances appear to be remote.

''However we get ranked is not up to us, but we're just going to continue to compete, and that's all we can do,'' Darnold said.

THE TAKEAWAY

STANFORD: Love ran for 125 yards and had his FBS-record 12th run of at least 50 yards that set up K.J. Costello's 11-yard TD pass to Kaden Smith that cut USC's lead to 24-21 late in the third quarter. Costello added a 28-yard TD pass to Smith with 2:09 remaining but wasn't nearly consistent enough to keep pace with Darnold. Costello finished 10 for 22 for 192 yards.

USC: The Trojans had a balanced offensive performance with Pittman catching seven passes for 146 yards and Jones doing solid work on the ground. The defense came up with the big stop at the goal line. But it probably won't be enough to overcome the earlier losses at Washington State and Notre Dame to lift the Trojans into the playoff.

CLINCHER

USC still needed one more play from Darnold to put the game away after Stanford's onside kick went out of bounds. On fourth-and-2 from the Cardinal 32, Helton called for a pass and Darnold hit Josh Falo for a 15-yard gain that allowed the Trojans to run out the clock.

''We were playing for a Pac-12 title, and there was no question in my mind that we were going to go for it and end the game right there,'' Helton said.

MAKE A CASE

USC might need Wisconsin and Oklahoma to lose Saturday in their title games to have a shot at the playoff. But the Trojans would have to jump over several teams to do that, including Ohio State if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten, and Alabama, which is in fifth place with one loss but didn't make the SEC title game.

''I think we will be in the conversation,'' athletic director Lynn Swann said. ''We're the Pac-12 champions so whenever that conversation is I think we'll be in it. Whether we're going to be in the top four or not, that's not our decision. We'll live with whatever they decide.''

UP NEXT

Both teams will get their bowl bids on Sunday with USC likely headed to the Fiesta Bowl and Stanford expected to go to the Holiday or Alamo bowl.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:09
26-J.Toner extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
31
Touchdown 2:09
3-K.Costello complete to 82-K.Smith. 82-K.Smith runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
100
yds
02:13
pos
27
31
Point After TD 4:22
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
31
Touchdown 4:30
25-R.Jones runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
99
yds
3:12
pos
21
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:31
26-J.Toner extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
24
Touchdown 2:37
3-K.Costello complete to 82-K.Smith. 82-K.Smith runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
67
yds
1:27
pos
20
24
Point After TD 4:49
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 4:52
25-R.Jones runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
61
yds
2:09
pos
14
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:34
26-J.Toner extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 0:34
22-C.Scarlett runs 1 yard for a touchdown. Team penalty on USC Offside declined.
9
plays
75
yds
02:28
pos
13
17
Point After TD 3:02
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 3:10
14-S.Darnold complete to 21-T.Vaughns. 21-T.Vaughns runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
97
yds
2:11
pos
7
16
Field Goal 9:50
40-C.McGrath 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
91
yds
05:05
pos
7
10
Point After TD 14:55
26-J.Toner extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 14:55
20-B.Love runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
73
yds
04:26
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:38
40-C.McGrath extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 4:38
14-S.Darnold complete to 6-M.Pittman. 6-M.Pittman runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
105
yds
04:34
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 18 22
Rushing 8 9
Passing 7 10
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 6-12 6-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 2-2
Total Net Yards 347 525
Total Plays 61 70
Avg Gain 5.7 7.5
Net Yards Rushing 151 185
Rush Attempts 38 45
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 4.1
Net Yards Passing 196 340
Comp. - Att. 11-23 18-25
Yards Per Pass 8.5 13.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-7 1-4
Penalties - Yards 7-73 9-76
Touchdowns 5 7
Rushing TDs 2 4
Passing TDs 3 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 4
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 4-4
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 5-45.6 3-32.3
Return Yards 118 -5
Punts - Returns 1-2 1--5
Kickoffs - Returns 4-116 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/4 5/5
Extra Points 4/4 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
12 Stanford 9-4 0147728
10 USC 11-2 7107731
196 PASS YDS 340
151 RUSH YDS 185
347 TOTAL YDS 525
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Costello 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.8% 203 3 0 165.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.5% 1372 12 2 141.0
K. Costello 11/23 203 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Love 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 125 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
237 1973 17
B. Love 22 125 1 52
C. Scarlett 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 21 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
86 385 8
C. Scarlett 7 21 1 6
C. Wedington 5 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 57 0
C. Wedington 1 5 0 5
T. Speights 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 127 0
T. Speights 1 1 0 1
K. Costello 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 99 3
K. Costello 6 0 0 14
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Smith 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 91 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 425 6
K. Smith 5 91 3 28
J. Arcega-Whiteside 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 87 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 720 6
J. Arcega-Whiteside 2 87 0 45
C. Wedington 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 202 0
C. Wedington 2 9 0 5
D. Schultz 9 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 204 3
D. Schultz 1 8 0 8
T. Irwin 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 444 2
T. Irwin 1 8 0 8
D. Stewart 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 131 0
D. Stewart 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Okereke 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
B. Okereke 6-0 0.0 0
J. Reid 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 5 0.0
J. Reid 6-0 0.0 0
Q. Meeks 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 2 0.0
Q. Meeks 6-1 0.0 0
H. Phillips 66 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.5
H. Phillips 5-2 0.5 0
J. Swann 51 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
J. Swann 5-0 0.0 0
P. Kalambayi 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
P. Kalambayi 5-0 0.0 0
D. Jackson 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Jackson 4-0 0.0 0
A. Murphy 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Murphy 3-0 0.0 0
F. Buncom 5 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
F. Buncom 3-0 0.0 0
A. Holder 13 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
A. Holder 1-0 0.0 0
J. Alfieri 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Alfieri 1-1 0.0 0
M. Branch 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Branch 1-0 0.0 0
K. Palma 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Palma 1-0 0.0 0
M. Tyler 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
M. Tyler 0-2 0.5 0
M. Williams 57 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Williams 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Toner 26 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
20/24 50/50
J. Toner 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Bailey 14 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 45.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 45.1 2
J. Bailey 5 45.6 2 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Scarlett 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 29.0 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
34 26.0 33 0
C. Scarlett 4 29.0 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Irwin 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 8.5 2 0
T. Irwin 1 2.0 2 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72% 344 3 0 227.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.8% 3806 27 12 152.0
S. Darnold 18/25 344 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 149 4
SEASON ATT YDS TD
244 1495 20
R. Jones II 32 149 4 26
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 363 3
S. Carr 7 42 0 20
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 100 5
S. Darnold 4 1 0 7
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
D. Burnett 1 -5 0 -5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 146 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 335 2
M. Pittman Jr. 7 146 1 54
S. Mitchell Jr. 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 66 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 644 4
S. Mitchell Jr. 2 66 0 49
D. Imatorbhebhe 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 119 0
D. Imatorbhebhe 1 48 0 48
T. Vaughns 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
52 709 6
T. Vaughns 4 45 2 19
J. Falo 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 65 2
J. Falo 1 15 0 15
T. Petite 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 305 3
T. Petite 1 9 0 9
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
74 975 9
D. Burnett 1 9 0 9
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 187 1
R. Jones II 1 6 0 6
S. Carr 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 189 0
S. Carr 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Hawkins 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 1 0.0
C. Hawkins 8-2 0.0 0
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
Ca. Smith 6-0 0.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
R. Green 4-0 1.0 0
I. Marshall 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
I. Marshall 3-0 0.0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
U. Nwosu 3-0 1.0 0
M. Tell III 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 3 0.0
M. Tell III 3-1 0.0 0
J. Houston Jr. 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
J. Houston Jr. 2-0 0.0 0
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
A. Harris 2-0 0.0 0
O. Tucker 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
O. Tucker 1-0 0.0 0
Ja. Jones 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 4 0.0
Ja. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
M. Dorton 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Dorton 1-0 0.0 0
J. Iosefa 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Iosefa 1-0 0.0 0
I. Langley 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Langley 1-0 0.0 0
I. Pola-Mao 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
I. Pola-Mao 1-0 0.0 0
B. Pili 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Pili 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. McGrath 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
12/16 57/58
C. McGrath 1/1 24 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Budrovich 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 32.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 42.5 2
R. Budrovich 3 32.3 2 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Harris 27 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -5.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 5.8 0 0
A. Harris 1 -5.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:42 STNFRD 19 1:22 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:32 STNFRD 32 4:26 12 68 TD
9:46 STNFRD 25 3:48 7 17 Punt
3:02 STNFRD 25 2:28 9 74 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 STNFRD 37 1:27 4 0 Punt
9:12 STNFRD 17 1:53 3 9 Punt
4:41 STNFRD 33 2:10 5 67 TD
2:22 USC 45 1:33 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 USC 33 5:59 11 21 Downs
4:22 STNFRD 10 2:13 9 90 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 USC 25 4:10 10 32 Punt
9:12 USC 30 4:34 10 70 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 USC 25 5:05 15 59 FG
5:46 USC 3 2:44 7 93 TD
0:34 USC 25 0:00 1 5 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:14 USC 4 3:54 8 14 Punt
7:07 USC 39 2:18 6 61 TD
2:31 USC 25 0:00 1 20 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:42 USC 11 0:00 3 -8 Punt
8:00 USC 1 3:38 8 99 TD
2:09 STNFRD 40 2:01 5 22