The Cardinal Chronicles In the first game since taking over, Stanford put up a fight for 3 quarters against the #3 ranked team in the country, the USC Trojans. After 1, it was 0-0, and 14-7 at the half. It didnt get ugly until the 4th quarter, where USC capitalized on 2 turnovers and got points out of both of them to make the final score 34-7. Stanford relied heavily on the arm of their backup QB, Andrew Marshall, because they are so unhappy with their stable of RB's and feel they have nobody they can rely on consistently. The defense was able to keep up with the Trojans for a bit and contain them, but mistakes by the offense late and short fields, it was just too much to overcome. The total team firepower that the Trojans possessed was just too much to overcome for Stanford to pull anything out on the road.