Stanford stuns No. 2 Trojans

Southern Cal running back Silas Redd, a transfer from Penn State, is taken down in the second quarter. He fumbled and was injured onthe play. USC was held to just 23 yards rushing.
Southern Cal running back Silas Redd, a transfer from Penn State, is taken down in the second quarter. He fumbled and was injured onthe play. USC was held to just 23 yards rushing. (San Jose Mercury News)
Posted: September 16, 2012

Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still has every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California.

Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and No. 21 Stanford, playing at home, upset second-ranked USC, 21-14, on Saturday night for its fourth straight win in this series.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley threw for 254 yards and two interceptions while completing only 20 of 41 passes. He was sacked twice on the final drive for the Trojans (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) and threw out of bounds on a final, desperate heave on fourth and 39 from USC's 25-yard line.

The Cardinal (3-0, 1-0) are 3-0 for the third straight season.

Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 - Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns, and the No. 1 Crimson Tide forced five turnovers in a win over the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark. The win is Alabama's 21st straight to open conference play. The Razorbacks played without quarterback Tyler Wilson, out because of a head injury he suffered in last week's loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

The shutout was the second straight for the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). Arkansas (1-2, 0-1) had just 137 yards of total offense for the game.

LSU 63, Idaho 14 - Ronald Martin and Lavar Edwards each intercepted deflected passes and returned them for scores, and the No. 3 Tigers (3-0) rolled to a victory over the 0-3 Vandals in Baton Rouge, La.

Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14 - Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before the No. 4 Ducks (3-0) pulled their starters against the 2-1 Golden Eagles in Eugene, Ore. The Golden Eagles have never defeated an FBS-level team in 28 tries. The game against the Ducks was the Ohio Valley Conference team's first against a Pac-12 opponent.

Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0 - A year after he suffered a broken back during a loss at Wake Forest, the No. 5 Seminoles' Chris Thompson ran for 197 yards on nine carries in a pasting of the Demon Deacons (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) in Tallahassee, Fla.

Thompson scored on runs of 74 and 80 yards on successive first-half carries that sparked No. 5 Florida State (3-0, 1-0) to a 38-0 halftime lead.

Georgia 56, Florida Atlantic 20 - Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and two touchdowns, and also scored twice on short runs, and the No. 7 Bulldogs bounced back to rout the Owls in Athens, Ga.

South Carolina 49, Alabama-Birmingham 6 - Connor Shaw went 8 of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder as the No. 8 Gamecocks (3-0) beat the 0-1 Blazers in Columbia, S.C.

West Virginia 42, James Madison 12 - The No. 9 Mountaineers (2-0) made Redskins Stadium their home for a day and put up numbers that would be the envy of any pro offense, marching quickly to score on their first four possessions and piling up 569 yards over the Dukes (2-1) in Landover, Md.

Clemson 41, Furman 0 - Tajh Boyd threw for 310 yards and three touchdown passes, Sammy Watkins had a 58-yard touchdown run in his season debut, and the No. 11 Tigers (3-0) won their 30th straight over the visiting Paladins (0-3).

Kansas State 35, North Texas 21 - Collin Klein threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score, and the No. 15 Wildcats (3-0) eased past the pesky Mean Green (1-2) in Manhattan, Kan.

Texas Christian 20, Kansas 6 - Casey Pachall threw for 335 yards and two TDs, both of them to Brandon Carter, and the 16th-ranked Horned Frogs (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) overcame four turnovers in a win over the host Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1).

Florida 37, Tennessee 20 - Jeff Driskel threw two TD passes, and Trey Burton rushed for a pair of scores as the No. 18 Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) scored the final 24 points to beat the No. 23 Volunteers (2-1, 0-1).

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