Christian McCaffrey has another dominating performance in win against USC

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Christian McCaffrey continues to have Southern Cal’s number.

The Stanford running back amassed 238 yards rushing and receiving, and two touchdowns to help lead the Cardinal to a 27-10 win over the Trojans. The Cardinal have now won seven of nine against the Trojans, which is the best nine-game stretch for the school in the 111-year history of the series.

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McCaffrey now has 702 rushing and receiving yards in his last three games against USC.

McCaffrey struck first when he was left wide open on a busted coverage down the left sideline, which allowed him to scamper 56 yards untouched into the end zone. He scored the Cardinal’s second touchdown on a 1-yard run on fourth down late in the second quarter to give Stanford a 17-3 halftime lead.

And while USC answered out of halftime with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Ronald Jones 1-yard score, Stanford didn’t let the Trojans get any closer. They closed the door after that with a 56-yard reverse by Michael Rector for a score.

Stanford then used its running game to milk the clock and seal the game.

Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal scores a touchdown against the USC Trojans in the first half. (Getty Images)
Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal scores a touchdown against the USC Trojans in the first half. (Getty Images)

USC’s loss also might have created a quarterback controversy. Starter Max Browne was pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Sam Darnold. Darnold did get the Trojans’ offense moving and had a potential touchdown late, but his pass into the end zone took a wild bounce and landed into the waiting arms of Noor Davis to essentially end the game.

USC is now 1-2 to start the season for the first time since 2000, which was Pete Carroll’s first season as head coach.

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