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Game Thread: Stanford welcomes USC in rematch of Pac-12 Title game

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It’s a massive showdown on the Farm.

San Diego State v Stanford Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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Bryce Love already looking like himself with a touchdown after a 24-yard run puts the Stanford Cardinal in the red zone. The Cardinal lead the USC Trojans 7-0 following the opening drive.

Alijah Holder with a tackle for loss in the first quarter to help celebrate his return to the lineup.

Joey Alfieri strips USC’s J.T. Daniels and Bobby Okereke scoops up the loose ball! Fumble recovered by Stanford for the game’s first turnover.

Stanford takes a 14-0 lead after a Colby Parkinson toe-tapping score. The touchdown gives the Cardinal a two score lead as the clash goes to the half.

USC finally gets on the board in the second half with a Chase McGrath field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.

Stanford has struggled to run the ball inside, with USC’s linebackers playing over the inside gaps. But Love finally breaks free on the outside for a 59-yard scamper that helps the drive end in a field goal. The Cardinal lead 17-3 in the third quarter.

Stanford’s Malik Antoine ices USC’s two final drives with his first and second career interceptions. The 17-3 victory is head coach David Shaw’s 75th as head coach (program record) and gives the Cardinal their first PAC-12 win of 2018.