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Stanford stunned by USC in last minute

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POSTED November 17, 2013 10:03 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanford coach David Shaw waited at midfield for several minutes, but couldn’t find Ed Orgeron amid the raucous crowd of Southern California fans celebrating their Trojans’ upset victory.

The fifth-ranked Cardinal’s national title hopes are also lost, and Shaw figured they had only themselves to blame.

Andre Heidari kicked a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, and a stalwart defense repeatedly came up big in USC’s 20-17 upset of Stanford on Saturday night.

USC’s remarkable defensive performance included two fourth-quarter interceptions and a season-low 17 points from the Cardinal (8-2, 6-2), who followed up last week’s win over Oregon by getting knocked out of the BCS title chase and maybe the Rose Bowl race as well.

Shaw knew the loss didn’t rest with his defense, which shut out USC for 38 minutes before Heidari’s kick.

“We didn’t make enough plays offensively,” Shaw said. “When we did make plays, they didn’t result in points. Against a good team like this, playing at home, you have to get points. We went down there twice (in the second half) and had a field goal blocked and threw an interception. That’s not going to win on the road in this conference.”

Tyler Gaffney rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford, which had won three straight while closing in on the chance to host the Pac-12 title game for the second straight year. Kevin Hogan went 14 of 25 for 127 yards, but the Cardinal couldn’t regain the lead after trailing 17-10 at half, despite repeatedly getting close.

uCAL STRUGGLES IN 41-24 LOSS TO COLORADO: BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — As a punter, Jared Goff had a pretty good afternoon.

Not so much as a quarterback.

Goff and the Cal offense never got on track in a 41-24 loss to Colorado on a blustery Saturday as the Bears dropped their 13th straight conference game.

This was the kind of day it was for Goff: He had more punts (3) than TD passes (0) as he finished 23 of 45 for 173 yards. He also threw an interception.

uFAJARDO’S 2 TDS GET NEVADA PAST SAN JOSE ST, 38-16: RENO, Nev. (AP) — Cody Fajardo passed for one touchdown and ran for another to spark Nevada to a 38-16 win over San Jose State Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Fajardo engineered a 10-play, 61-yard drive late in the first half, tossing a two-yard pass to Brandon Wimberly for the score to put the Wolf Pack (4-7, 3-5 Mountain West) up, 21-13. He added a 17-yard run for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

Fajardo was 20 of 27 for 171 passing yards and rushed 14 times for 104 yards, moving him into third place all time in total offense at Nevada, passing Eric Beavers, who totaled 9,028 yards from 1983-86.

Don Jackson carried 12 times for 97 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack.

David Fales was 28 of 43 for 326 yards and a touchdown for San Jose State (5-5, 4-3).

uSACRAMENTO STATE RALLIES PAST PORTLAND STATE 43-42 : PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Garret Safron passed for 554 yards and three second-half touchdowns and Sacramento State rallied from a 14 point deficit, beating Portland State 43-42 on Saturday.

Sacramento State (5-6, 4-3 Big Sky Conference) dominated the second half, scoring 5 touchdowns. Safron completed 68 percent of his passes and four TD throws for the game, including two in the final 7 minutes. He also ran for two touchdowns.

Portland State led the entire game until Safron threw a 4-yard TD pass to Cole Hikutini with 30 seconds left. The Vikings attempted a final drive to get into field goal range, but Osagie Odiase intercepted a Collin Ramirez pass to seal the win.

uUC DAVIS POWERS PAST NORTH DAKOTA 34-18: DAVIS (AP) — Gabe Manzanares rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and Brady Stuart kicked four field goals as UC Davis won its home finale 31-18 over North Dakota on Saturday night.

Manzanares and Stuart were part of an unusual swing of 12 points in 32 seconds that sparked a breakaway for the Aggies (4-7, 4-3 Big Sky). Stuart had booted the second of his career-best four field goals — a 29-yarder — to start the second quarter and break a 3-3 tie. North Dakota’s Greg Hardin fumbled the ensuing kickoff in the end zone and in the confusion the ball came out of the end zone and was batted back in for a UC Davis safety.

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