USC vs. Stanford final score, results: Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison shine as Trojans move to 2-0

USC vs. Stanford final score, results: Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison shine as Trojans move to 2-0

The home crowd was buzzing, energized after Stanford capped off a possession with a touchdown. Given the way that the Cardinal had moved the ball on offense, you couldn’t blame onlookers for being pleased.

That didn’t faze Caleb Williams, though. The USC quarterback responded by looking downfield, flicking his wrist and sending a ball toward the heavens.

And as had been the case all night, Williams found his target: Jordan Addison. Addison calmly tip-toed into the end zone, a back-breaking 75-yard touchdown that pushed the Trojans’ lead back to double digits.

It was a taste of what was to come for the Cardinal’s defense Saturday. Williams and Addison were on point all night. And that duo proved vital to No. 10 USC’s 41-28 victory.

Williams’ assault on Stanford’s defense was unceasing. The Oklahoma transfer dotted the ball all across the field as he racked up 341 yards and four touchdowns passing for the game.

Addison was his favorite target. The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner was a menace in bump coverage, finding gaps across Stanford’s overmatched defense. He snagged seven passes for 172 yards in a display that was eerily similar to the ones he put up while enrolled at Pitt.

For all of Williams and Addison’s exploits, it wasn’t quite a perfect night for the Trojans (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12). Although USC forced four turnovers, Stanford (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) cut through the defense with ease at times. The Cardinal gained 441 yards of total offense and 33 first downs. If not for the miscues, it could have been a much closer game.

But the miscues did happen, and, buoyed by Williams and Addison, USC’s offense just couldn’t be stopped. The Trojans put up 505 yards of total offense.

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The Sporting News provided live updates from USC’s clash with Stanford. Below are the results and highlights of the game at Stanford Stadium.

USC vs. Stanford score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
USC 21 14 6 0 41
Stanford 7 7 0 14 28

USC vs. Stanford live updates, highlights 

(All times Eastern)

FINAL: USC 41, Stanford 28

11:11 p.m.: …Stanford couldn’t get the job done. USC holds on to defeat the Cardinal, 41-28.

11:05 p.m.: David Bailey and Stephen Herron pile drive Williams into the turf. With a little under three minutes, the Cardinal might have a sliver of a chance…

11 p.m.: USC recovers the onside kick. With a little over five minutes left, it’s hard to see how the Cardinal can get back into this.

10:55 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Stanford makes the score a little more respectable after McKee creeps into the end zone on the QB sneak. If the Cardinal can recover an onside kick, things could get interesting.

41-28 USC

End of third quarter: USC 41, Stanford 14

9:50 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Despite the early-quarter aerial assault, Stanford holds. Freshman Denis Lynch splits the uprights from 45 yards to add to the Trojans’ lead.

38-14 USC 

9:46 p.m.: USC wants to pour it on. Williams and Addison link up again, gaining 48 yards in the process. Williams is approaching 300 yards passing, while Addison is approaching 200 receiving yards. That’s some serious production.

Halftime: USC 35, Stanford 14

  USC Stanford
First downs 17 21
Third downs 1-1 4-8
Fourth downs 0-0 1-2
Total yards 366 319
Passing 13-15, 244 yards 12-21, 148 yards
Rushing att-yards 18-122 26-171
Penalties-yards 4-35 3-27
Turnovers 0 3
Time of possession 12:57 17:03

9:24 p.m.: After a sack and a penalty, USC takes into halftime with a 21-point edge. Very impressive display by the Trojans’ offense early. And their defense has three turnovers, two of which came on the goal line.

USC is sitting pretty through 30 minutes.

9:20 p.m.: Williams and Addison are looking in sync today. The Trojans hurler slips a pass into Addison’s gloves for 15 yards, getting the ball to USC’s 27. Stanford desperately needs a stop here.

9:17 p.m.: For the first time today, Stanford punts the ball away. That’s the first punt of the game for either side.

1:08 left for Williams and the Trojans to add to their lead. Oh, and they get the ball back in the beginning of the second.

9:14 p.m.: SACK! After a bright start to the Cardinal’s two-minute drill, McKee gets swarmed by a sea of Trojans. Looks like Nick Figueroa gets the final touch.

9:08 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Williams saw a hole begin to open up in the secondary. And he made the Cardinal pay. The Heisman hopeful audibles to a read option before handing off to Dye, who walks into the end zone untouched.

Five possessions, five touchdowns for the Trojans. This offense is electric.

35-14 USC

9:05 p.m.: Caleb Wiliams has looked every bit as good as advertised so far. Stanford’s defense just can’t handle him. He hits Addison on a screen play for 13 yards, Addison already over 100 receiving yards on the day.

USC’s offensive stars are coming to play early.

9:04 p.m.: It appears EJ Smith is headed to the locker room. He’s had a real standout display so far, so Stanford’s coaching staff will be hoping for the best.

9 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Smith trots in from five yards away. That will punctuate an efficient drive for the Cardinal, who showed that they can move the ball down the field with relative ease against the Trojans.

If they can keep it within a few scores, you never know what could happen.

28-14 USC

8:58 p.m.: It’s been a weird day for Stanford, who have carved out huge chunks of yardage despite being comfortably down at the moment. McKee hit Michael Wilson for an 18-yard gain before grabbing 15 yards of his own by way of scramble. Looks like the Cardinal are surging.

8:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! The Williams-to-Williams connection proves effective once more, this time from 15 yards out. Caleb Williams is absolutely on fire so far.

28-7 USC

8:50 p.m.: Williams airs it out once more. This one was a bit underthrown. But Mario Williams does well to find the ball before going down. That’s another huge gain: 43 yards in the blink of an eye.

8:46 p.m.: Williams and the Trojans create a little more space between themselves and their own end zone. After a pass interference and a pair of 10-yard Dye runs, the ball is on USC’s 40.

8:43 p.m.: FUMBLE! For the second time today, the Cardinal throw away a golden chance on the goal line! Smith did some great work early, selling an inside run before making his way outside his tackles. However, Williams crunches him with a huge hit, sending the ball to the turf. Williams then shows the presence of mind to find the ball, giving the Trojans yet another goal line stop.

8:40 p.m.: McKee puts the ball on a rope for Tremayne, who is able to outmuscle Blackmon to put the Cardinal on the brink of another touchdown.

8:39 p.m.: McKee slings a 15-yarder to Yurosek. Stanford is right outside the red zone.

8:37 p.m.: Smith gashes USC’s front seven open once again to lead off the second quarter. The Cardinal are in USC territory.

End of first quarter: USC 21, Stanford 7

8:34 p.m.: Don’t let the scoreboard fool you; Stanford has been able to move the ball today. Case in point: McKee dots a pass right into Elijah Higgins grasp for 23 yards before the end of the first.

8:30 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Whatever you can do, I can do better! Williams shows off the arm strength, firing an absolute rocket right into the path of Addison. The Pittsburgh transfer keeps his composure and spins away from a would-be tackler to take it in the end zone.

That’s a 75-yard touchdown pass. What a response from the Trojans!

21-7 USC

8:26 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! McKee finds Smith, who is able to walk into the end zone from three yards away to get Stanford on the board.

14-7 USC

8:25 p.m.: And that’s what happens when you make mistakes like that. The very next play, Benjamin Yurosek busts it open on a short pass. It’s a 50-yard gain and in the blink of an eye, Stanford is on the brink of a score.

8:24 p.m.: McKee airs it out looking for Tremayne. Although the ball sails over Tremayne’s hands,  Blackmon is called for a pass interference. That will bring the ball to Stanford’s 44.

8:22 p.m.: Smith with another decent scamper. He has a very respectable 61 yards on eight carries so far.

8:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Trojans put another six on the board, this time courtesy of a combination between Williams and reigning Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison. USC’s pass game can’t be denied so far; Williams is 5-of-6 with 67 yards through the air. Oh, and he’s got the two touchdowns.

14-0 USC

8:15 p.m.: Another impressive throw by Williams, who finds a wide open Brenden Rice with the flick of the wrist. It seems like the sons of Pro Football Hall of Famers are feeling themselves early. First, it was Emmitt Smith’s son. Now, Jerry Rice’s.

8:13 p.m.: USC hoping to take advantage of another Cardinal turnover. Lincoln Riley’s squad certainly trending in the right direction so far, with Williams making a pair of zipped passes before scampering over the first down marker for another first down. Solid stuff by the Oklahoma transfer early.

8:10 p.m.: INTERCEPTION!  McKee was looking for the fade, but Mekhi Blackmon was having none of it. Deflects the pass up then picks it off! Carries it to the 15 before going down!

That’s the Trojans fifth interception off a deflection this season. It’s been two games!

8:08 p.m.: Offsides puts the ball on the two-yard line and it looks like Shaw is going for it again! Another gutsy call from the Cardinal!

8:07 p.m.: Looks like Stanford will kick a field goal after a pass from McKee is batted away.

8:04 p.m.: The Cardinal appeared to get on the board after an impressive snag from Brycen Tremayne. However, after a lengthy review, the officials rule that his heel just touched the sideline before getting down. It will be third and goal.

8:02 p.m.: Smith with another big play, this time out the flat. He reels in a ball from McKee and takes it to the three-yard line! Wonderful play from Smith.

8 p.m.: And it pays off! First down, Cardinal! The end zone is in sight.

7:59 p.m.: Big call by David Shaw here. He’s keeping the offense on the field on 4th and 1.

7:57 p.m.: Smith’s carries got Stanford into USC’s territory. And it seems the run game is proving effective early for the Cardinal. Casey Filikins getting the ball over the first down marker, pulling Stanford ever so closely to the red zone.

7:55 p.m.: After a pair of penalties, Smith shakes through a gap for an 18-yarder. Great start by Emmitt Smith’s son.

7:52 p.m.: After a shaky first possession, the Cardinal are finding much more success this time around. EJ Smith starts things off with a 15-yard gain on the his second carry of the day.

7:50 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Relatively easy trip for USC. Williams and Travis Dye combined got the Trojans to the doorstep of the end zone with a trio of positive plays. And Williams finishes it off in style, finding Lake McRee from five yards out. That’s exactly what you want in a hostile environment if your the Trojans.

7-0 USC

7:45 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Wonderful start for USC’s defense, with defensive back Max Williams plucking Tanner McKee’s pass and taking it 32 yards to Stanford’s 33. Great chance for Caleb Williams and company early.

7:40 p.m.: The ball is kicked off and away we go!

What channel is USC vs. Stanford on tonight?

  • TV channel: ABC
  • Live stream: ESPN app, ESPN+, fuboTV

Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally on ABC. Rece Davis will call the play-by-play action. He’ll be joined by color commentator Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Holly Rowe.

Cord-cutters can watch the action with the ESPN App and ESPN+, as well as with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

USC vs. Stanford start time

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 10
  • Kickoff time: 7:30 p.m. ET

USC vs. Stanford is slated to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif.

USC vs. Stanford odds

  • Spread: USC -8.5
  • Over/under: 67
  • Moneyline: USC -333 I Stanford +260

USC is an 8.5-point road favorite in Saturday’s matchup. The over/under stands at 67 points, per Caesars Sportsbook.

USC schedule 2022

Date Opponent Result
Sept. 3 vs. Rice W, 66-14
Sept. 10 at Stanford* TBD
Sept. 17 vs. Fresno State TBD
Sept. 24 at Oregon State* TBD
Oct. 1 vs. Arizona State* TBD
Oct. 8 vs. Washington State* TBD
Oct. 15 at No. 13 Utah* TBD
Oct. 22 Bye N/A
Oct. 29 at Arizona* TBD
Nov. 5 vs. California* TBD
Nov. 11 (Friday) vs. Colorado* TBD
Nov. 19 at UCLA* TBD
Nov. 26 vs. No. 8 Notre Dame TBD

* Pac-12 game

Stanford schedule 2022

Date Opponent Result
Sept. 3 vs. Colgate W, 41-10
Sept. 10 vs. No. 10 USC* TBD
Sept. 17 Bye N/A
Sept. 24 at Washington* TBD
Oct. 1 at Oregon* TBD
Oct. 8 vs. Oregon State* TBD
Oct. 15 at No. 8 Notre Dame TBD
Oct. 22 vs. Arizona State* TBD
Oct. 29 at UCLA* TBD
Nov. 5 vs. Washington State* TBD
Nov. 12 at No. 13 Utah* TBD
Nov. 19 at California* TBD
Nov. 26 vs. BYU TBD

* Pac-12 game

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