Wolf: USC quarterback Sam Darnold erases everyone else's mistakes

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Before a crowd of 77,614, the Trojans (2-0, 1-0) pierced Stanford's veteran-studded defense for 623 total yards to 342 for the Cardinal.

Since 2008, Stanford has won seven of nine in the series and won three Pac-12 titles, to Southern Cal's none. He then tossed a flawless 11-yard lob to Steven Mitchell Jr. for a touchdown that made it 35-17 USC. It was only fitting for the Trojans to have a celebrity alumnus lead them with Stanford also having comedian and actor Will Ferrell showing them the way to the turf. To watch them on third down and I don't have a doubt in my mind that we're going to get it just because of the way they click together.

The turnover battle: Stanford's early game jumps out at you with the 62 points scored. "I thought they had a mentality of wanting to come out and be physical". All the preseason hype, this lets us know exactly where we are. "They are going to run the football".

Even though USC is still sorting out its options at receiver after JuJu Smith-Schuster departed for the National Football League, a bigger concern for coach Clay Helton is the offensive line.

It would certainly help its effort. Although the win over the Owls was impressive, Saturday night's matchup is a better gauge of where this team stands for 2017.

As of this writing, it appears as though DeRozan has inspired the Trojans more than Ferrell has to Stanford with USC leading by nearly three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Darnold called it his worst performance since taking over for Max Browne as the starter last season.

The one time the defense was able to lay a finger on Darnold in the first half, he threw an interception to junior strong safety Justin Reid.

Defense keeps Clemson 2-0, with 14-6 victory over Auburn
He made enough plays to keep Auburn's offense off the field. "This was a very disappointing loss", Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. O'Daniel finished with a career-high 14 tackles, while Bryant had four sacks and Wilkins had two.

Darnold capped a game-opening, 5-of-5 drive with a 4-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Steven Mitchell in the back of the end zone. The offense is hoping that tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, who has been limited with a sore hip flexor, is closer to 100 percent.

Like Stanford's Love, USC has a reliable tailback in Ronald Jones II who rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns last weekend. And the game was a different feeling for the team as well, as USC went on to top Stanford 35-24, breaking a three-year losing streak to the Cardinal.

The Cardinal will have no qualms about giving a similar workload to Love and Cameron Scarlett.

Love ripped off a 21-yard run to set up Stanford's second TD. But each ball-carrier not only possesses home-run speed but can also grind it between the tackles.

But Shaw cautioned that doesn't illustrate the entire picture, recounting conversations from when he recruited Love to Palo Alto.

The USC Trojans (1-0) are coming from a 49-31 over the Western Michigan Broncos in Week 1.

Starting quarterback Keller Chryst looked solid on the day after rehabbing an ACL injury in the offseason, and Stanford's tough defense held Rice to only seven points that didn't come until the fourth quarter.

"He's a coach's son, too", Helton said, "so I have a lot of respect for that". Last season, he threw 10 touchdown passes to two interceptions while splitting snaps with then-senior passer Ryan Burns.

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