Stanford blew an almost-unfathomable amount of opportunities in Saturday's gut-wrenching 13-10 loss to USC. The Cardinal drove the ball inside the Trojans' 30 on all nine of their drives, but scored only 10 points -- their lowest output since a 27-9 loss to Washington in 2007.
After the game, head coach David Shaw took blame for the Cardinal's ineptitude near the USC end zone, hinting that play calling could improve.
"The problem in the red zone right now is me," Shaw said. "I've got to get back to work and make sure we're doing things that our guys can do and put them in positions to be successful."
Shaw also said that Stanford's execution was lacking deep in USC territory. That happened to be a recurring theme that began when the Cardinal's offense committed three penalties on the game's ill-fated opening drive.
Stanford's defense was fantastic for the second straight week, holding a USC attack that racked up 705 yards in the season opener to just 291 on Saturday. The Trojans averaged only 4.9 yards per play.
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