Trojans' aura trampled in Stanford demolition

November 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES - While Toby Gerhart rampaged through the Southern California defense in a quiet Coliseum, the star tailback and his teammates also flattened a bunch of recent college football certainties.

USC's streaks of seven straight BCS bowls, 11-win seasons and top-four AP poll finishes? All finished. The Trojans' Pac-10 dominance the last seven years? It's all but over too after Gerhart ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's 55-21 victory, the most points allowed in USC history.

"To do that against a storied program ... it's the greatest feeling in the world," Gerhart said.

Andrew Luck (above left) threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Cardinal followed up their surprising rout of Oregon last week. USC coach Pete Carroll, meanwhile, endured his worst loss for the second time in three weeks.

"I'm not sure I have the right words to describe being humbled like this," Carroll said.


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