Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 191 yards, breaking free for a 66-yard touchdown with 3:30 to play on Saturday night as Boston College beat No. 9 Southern California 37-31 – the Eagles’ first victory over a top 10 team in a decade. Jon Hilliman ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Myles Willis and receiver Sherman Alston each broke off runs of 50-plus yards to help BC (2-1) amass 464 rushing yards. USC (2-1) was coming off an emotional victory over Pac-12 rival Stanford that moved the Trojans up five spots in The Associated Press Top 25. Cody Kessler completed 31 of 41 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns, but he was also sacked five times.
No. 9 USC, coming off thrilling and hard-fought late victory at No. 13 Stanford, now travels across the country to face ACC foe Boston College in an under-the-lights East-versus-West matchup. This will be the teams’ third meeting in 6 years. Although USC played on the East Coast just 2 years ago (versus Syracuse in East Rutherford, N.J.), the Trojans have ventured only once before into Boston: a convincing season-opening win at Boston College in 1988, Troy’s first-ever appearance on ESPN (which also will nationally televise this week’s game).
Andre Heidari kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining, J.R. Tavai forced a fumble to end Stanford’s comeback bid and No. 14 Southern California held off the No. 13 Cardinal 13-10 Saturday. With Stanford threatening to tie or take the lead, Tavai came from Kevin Hogan’s blindside to jar the ball loose. Scott Felix recovered at the Trojans 26-yard-line with 19 seconds to play, sealing new coach Steve Sarkisian’s first major victory at USC (2-0, 1-0) and upending the two-time defending Pac-12 champions. Javorius Allen ran for a career-high 154 yards, and Nelson Agholor had a career-high nine receptions for 91 yards to help the Trojans do just enough on offense to win at Stanford Stadium for the first time since 2008.
|Aug 30||Fresno State||4:30||FOX||52-13 Win|
|Sept 6||at Stanford||12:30||ABC||13-10 Win|
|Sept 13||at Boston College||5:00||ESPN||31-37 Loss|
|Sept 27||Oregon State||7:30||ESPN|
|Oct 4||Arizona State|
|Oct 11||at Arizona|
|Oct 25||at Utah|
|Nov 1||at Washington State|
|Nov 13 (Th)||Cal||6:00||ESPN|
|Nov 22||at UCLA|
|Nov 29||Notre Dame|