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Stanford stuns No. 2 USC 21-14

Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still has every answer for Matt Barkley and USC. Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach...

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STANFORD, Calif. — Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still has every answer for Matt Barkley and USC.

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 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.

Coming out of a two-year bowl ban, USC had national title hopes this season. Now the Trojans will have to climb out of another hole to get there.

A sold-out crowd at Stanford Stadium rushed the field, tossing streamers and jumping in a wild celebration at midfield with Cardinal coach David Shaw and players caught in the middle of the mess. Stanford (3-0, 1-0) is 3-0 for the third straight season for the first time since 1970-72 and has its longest winning streak ever against USC in a rivalry that dates back to 1905.

"I love the energy and I love the enthusiasm," Shaw said. "But we are not surprised."

Barkley has beaten every conference team but is 0-4 against Stanford. The only chance the senior quarterback and possible No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft has for revenge against the Cardinal now is a rematch in the Pac-12 title game.

Stanford's Jordan Williamson missed field goals of 47 and 23 yards and had a 51-yarder blocked by T.J. McDonald. With a defense that flustered Barkley and a new quarterback that found his footing late, the kicker who missed three field goals in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma state last season could smile in the pile with everybody else.

Except for the Trojans, that is.

A year after Luck led Stanford back in a 56-48 triple-overtime thriller at the Coliseum, a new crop of Cardinal players delivered another moment to savor.

Taylor took a short screen pass and scurried 23 yards for a tying touchdown late in the third quarter. Nunes scampered 12 yards on a third-and-10 from midfield in the fourth and then delivered the strike to Ertz, who juked a defender and dove into the end zone to give Stanford a 21-14 lead and send the home fans into a flurry.

In the end, USC had a 10-yard holding penalty, then Trent Murphy sacked Barkley, followed by a 5-yard false-start penalty on the Trojans and a sack by Chase Thomas before Barkley's final heave out of bounds.

Nunes threw for 215 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 15-for-32 passing in his biggest game yet. In the end, all that really mattered to Luck's replacement was the win.

USC 7 7 0 0 14
Stanford 7 0 7 7 21
First Quarter

USC — Redd 1 run (Wood kick), 9:40.

Stan — Taylor 59 run (Williamson kick), 6:43.

Second Quarter

USC — Redd 1 run (Wood kick), 11:19.

Third Quarter

Stan — Taylor 23 pass from Nunes (Williamson kick), :10.

Fourth Quarter

Stan — Ertz 37 pass from Nunes (Williamson kick), 10:20.

A — 50,360.

USC Stan
First downs 15 22
Rushes-yards 28-26 37-202
Passing 254 215
Comp-Att-Int 20-41-2 15-32-2
Return Yards 34 4
Punts-Avg. 6-42.5 5-42.4
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-73 8-68
Time of Possession 28:05 31:55

Rushing — USC, McNeal 7-37, Redd 13-17, Lee 0-8, Vainuku 2-6, Barkley 6-(- 42). Stanford, Taylor 27-153, Nunes 3-33, Young 1-11, Wilkerson 2-9, Hewitt 2-6, Team 1-1, Montgomery 1-(- 11).

Passing — USC, Barkley 20-41-2-254. Stanford, Nunes 15-32-2-215.

Receiving — USC, Lee 8-100, R.Woods 4-38, Telfer 4-20, Agholor 2-28, Henderson 1-49, Grimble 1-19. Stanford, Taylor 5-60, Ertz 3-71, Toilolo 3-47, Montgomery 2-13, Terrell 1-13, Hewitt 1-11.

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