STANFORD, Calif. --Christian McCaffrey showed off his trademark versatility, slipping out of the backfield for a 56-yard touchdown reception and diving over the pile for a 1-yard score, and No. 7 Stanford beat Southern California 27-10 on Saturday night.
The AP player of the year and Heisman Trophy runner-up had a routine 260 all-purpose yards.
Stanford drew most of the USC defense into the box with a steady dose of inside runs before receiver Michael Rector went 56 yards for a touchdown on a reverse with 3:26 left in the third quarter to make it 27-10.
"I thought (the Trojans) were chasing," said Stanford coach David Shaw, adding that he told Rector: "Stay wide and run fast. Brilliant coaching by me."
The Cardinal (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) have now won seven of nine against the Trojans, the best nine-game stretch for the Cardinal in the history of a rivalry that covers 96 games and more 111 years.
"We don't use anyone but us to set our standards," Shaw said.
USC (0-1 Pac-12) is 1-2 for the first time since 2000, when the Trojans started 1-4 in Pete Carroll's debut season as coach.