Stanford answers

LOS ANGELES -- Lots of almosts for USC.

USC almost forced another Stanford fumble. USC almost stopped Toby Gerhart on a fourth-and-1.

But the Trojans aren't making the plays they used to.

After USC closed the gap to seven points, Stanford drove 68 yards in 11 plays, with Gerhart doing most of the heavy lifting. He rushed for 27 yards on the drive, including converting on a fourth-and-1 carry.

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Gerhart has 109 yards on 21 carries with two TDs.