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LAst Night's Action: USC Sunk By Field Goal Again

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#16 Stanford Cardinal defeat USC Trojans 37-35. The second verse was the same as the first. After being unable to stop the Washington Huskies from traveling down the field for a game winning field goal, USC do the same thing again as Andrew Luck and the Stanford offense marched down the field for the game winning 30-yard field goal.

While the Trojan defense was almost nonexistent giving up 478 yards, the Cardinal defense was even worse giving up 498 yards. So it comes as no surprise that it was a score-and-response game with neither team leading by more than a touchdown. In fact Stanford was the first team that blinked when scoring a touchdown to go up 34-28 in the fourth quarter Nate Whitaker failed to make the extra-point kick.

It really did seem like that failed extra-point would come back and bite them as USC drove down from midfield at 4:17 to score a touchdown on Allen Bradford’s three-yard run for the 35-34 lead. But with 1:08 left on the clock with two timeouts available for Stanford, it was too much time for Luck as he drove his team 62 yards for that final field goal.

The hardest hit of the game came after Cardinal’s running back Stepfan Taylor fumbled the ball in the final minute of the first half which was scooped up by Shareece Wright who got jacked up by Luck.

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California Golden Bears defeat UCLA Bruins 35-7. The pistol was loaded with blanks today. UCLA could only muster 144 yards of total offense as they were routed by Cal.

Cal got the tar beat out of them by the Nevada Wolfpack and their pistol offense on September 17 to the tune of 52-31. After being scorched for 314 yards on the ground against Nevada, Cal adjusted their defense and completely swallowed the Bruins, bones and all.

Quarterbacks Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut were sacked for 34 yards contributing to a measly 26 yards of rushing. What didn’t help early in the game with UCLA trailing 7-0 with first-and-10 on their eight-yard line running back Johnathan Franklin rushed to the 14-yard line and coughed the ball up giving Cal a short field to go up two touchdowns.

With the rushing game ground to a halt, the Bruins couldn’t do anything in the air either with Prince and Brehaut combining for 118 yards in the air. The only time the offense clicked was out of the locker room in the second half when Prince threw for 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-7. UCLA was aided by a pass interference call and a great kickoff return by Josh Smith that gave UCLA the ball near midfield.

As for the defense, they had no idea what was coming at them in the first half thank to Cal’s liberal use of the wildcat formation. Although quarterback Kevin Riley was only 9-of-16 for 83 yards, Cal ate up the clock rushing for 304 yards led by Shane Vareen’s 151 yards while holding onto the ball for over 34 minutes. Also they allowed four touchdowns in Cal’s four trips to the red zone.

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LA Kings defeat Vancouver Canucks 2-1 (SO, 2-0). Man, those Forum Blue and gold jerseys are great. This was a game where the defenses reigned supreme with both offenses usually being held to no more than one scoring opportunity on each trip in the offensive zone. Christian Erhoff got the first score for the Canucks on a power-play 11:58 in the second period with assists going to the Sedin twins - Daniel and Henrik. As the minutes ticked away with the loss looming, the Kings got a power-play opportunity after having gone scoreless in the first four. Justin Williams deflected a rebound from Dustin Brown’s shot from the left point with 4:05 left in the game to tie things up.

The Kings outshot the Canucks 6-0 in the overtime period but came up empty thanks to Roberto Luongo crucial saves during the Kings’ power-play, but Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson scored the two goals in the shootout while Jonathan Quick didn’t allow anything.

Impressive however was Brayden Schenn who had five shots on goal and a hit. The 19-year old was everywhere on the ice during his shifts. He was also elevated to the first line after Kopitar took a big hit on the mouth nine minutes into the second period on Manny Malhotra’s follow-through after attempting to clear a puck losing a tooth and requiring seven stitches. Kopitar was out for the rest of the second period and was back on the ice for the warm ups prior to the third period.

Quick had 23 saves for the Kings while Luongo had 31 for the Canucks.

Nashville Predators defeat Anaheim Ducks 4-1. Say this about the Ducks: they might not make the playoffs, but they will fight every second. After Marcel Goc opened the scoring 4:10 in the second period, Saku Koivu responded 1:15 later with the Ducks’ first goal of the season. But it was too much Predators with Steve Sullivan scoring a power-play goal (8:33) and Patric Hornqvist scoring an even-handed goal (16:12) also in the second period for a 3-1 lead. After Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne left the game after a collision in the third period, backup goalie Anders Lindback stopped all seven shots by the Ducks while David Legwand added a goal 12:39 in the period. Jonas Hiller saved 45 shots while Rinne saved 29 shots for the Preds.

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Chivas USA defeats Toronto FC 3-0. Jorge Flores (51’), Jesus Padilla (88’) and Rodolfo Espinoza (90’) score for the Goats while Zach Thornton made three saves to preserve the shutout.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Kings (2pts., 1-0-0) at Calgary Flames (0 pts., 0-1-0). 5:00 pm FSWest, AM 1150 KTLK.

NFL Action

10:00 am

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Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts. CBS.
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins. Fox.

1:00 pm

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders. CBS, AM 1150 KTLK (Chargers Radio).

5:30 pm

Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers. NBC.