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Stanford upsets No. 2 Southern California

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Matt Barkley take a seat.  Stepfan Taylor step up.

No. 2 Southern California saw their national championship aspirations and Matt Barkley's Heisman Trophy chances go up in smoke on Saturday night when No. 21 Stanford took down the men of Troy for the fourth straight year.

Behind running back Stepfan Taylor's 217 yards of total offense, which included a 59-yard touchdown run and a 23-yard touchdown catch, and quarterback Josh Nunes' two second-half touchdown passes, the Cardinals were able to overcome a 14-7 halftime deficit to take down USC 21-14.

Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin had his powerful offense silenced in the second half, failing to score in the final 30 minutes.

Stanford picked off two of Barkley's passes in the win, seriously damaging the chances of the SoCal gunslinger hoisting the bronze statue in New York City later this year.

Kiffin and his vaunted offense could only muster 276 total yards in the defeat compared to Stanford's 415.

Barkley finished the night with 20 completions for 253 yards on 41 attempts to go along with his two interceptions.  He had thrown at least one touchdown pass in 15 straight games dating back to 2010 before tonight.  He will finish his illustrious college career having never beaten Stanford.  That's if there isn't a rematch in the Pac-12 Championship game.

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