No. 4 Stanford outlasts USC in three OTs

LOS ANGELES — Stepfan Taylor ran for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime in a 56-48 victory over No. 20 Southern California Saturday night.

Stanford's defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing a Curtis McNeal fumble into the end zone to end the game.

Andrew Luck burnished his Heisman Trophy credentials by engineering four late scoring drives for No. 4 Stanford (8-0, 6-0 Pac-12), though he nearly cost the Cardinal the game by throwing a crucial interception late in the fourth quarter.

"I was very disappointed in myself," Luck said. "For a couple of seconds, I wanted to go dig a hole and bury myself in it, but guys believed in me. I was so happy to still see time on the game clock. It was another chance to get out there."

Four years after Stanford stunned USC (6-2, 3-2) with a one-point victory as a 41-point underdog, the schools played another classic on a cool Coliseum night — and once again, the Cardinal ruled.

Both teams scored in the first two overtimes. After Taylor's run in the third OT, Coby Fleener caught the two-point conversion pass.

USC quickly got to first-and-goal at the 4, but Terrence Stephens forced the ball from McNeal. It squirted into the end zone and A.J. Tarpley jumped on it. After a lengthy Stanford celebration, Luck was among the last players to leave the Coliseum field, sprinting to the locker room while thrusting his arms triumphantly in the air.

Luck passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a key score, but the Cardinal were in serious trouble after he made a rare mistake. Nickell Robey intercepted his pass and returned it 33 yards for a score to make it 34-27 with 3:08 left in regulation, but Luck calmly engineered a 76-yard drive capped by Taylor's short score.

Matt Barkley passed for 284 yards and three scores in his third straight loss to Luck. He got the Trojans into Stanford territory in the final seconds of regulation, but Robert Woods used up the final 9 seconds running to the sideline, preventing USC from trying a long field goal. USC coach Lane Kiffin said he was "very disappointed" the officials didn't allow him to call a timeout before it ended.

No. 23 Arizona State 48, Colorado 14

At Tempe, Ariz., Brock Osweiler threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, Cameron Marshall added three scores on the ground and Arizona State avoided a letdown.

Marshall finished with 114 yards on 15 carries, Arizona State had 522 total yards and its defense forced five turnovers to stay ahead of UCLA in the division race.

Colorado (1-8, 0-5) lost its 22nd straight road game and sixth straight overall.

UCLA 31, California 14

At Pasadena, Calif., freshman safety Tevin McDonald made the first three interceptions of his college career, Derrick Coleman scored three touchdowns, and UCLA bounced back from one of its most embarrassing losses in years to beat California.

McDonald's interceptions set up two touchdowns and a field goal for the Bruins (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12)The Bruins scored 24 of their 31 points after turnovers in handing Cal (4-4, 1-4) its fourth loss in five games. The Golden Bears committed five turnovers, four on interceptions thrown by Zach Maynard, who was 14 of 30 for 199 yards.

Washington 42, Arizona 31

At Seattle, Chris Polk scored five touchdowns and became the first player in Washington history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game as the Huskies rallied for the Pac-12 victory.

Polk finished with 144 yards rushing on 34 carries and 100 yards receiving.

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