Unfinished Business, Triple OT...

USC senior safety T.J. McDonald is ready to take on No. 20 Stanford and finally get his first win over the Cardinal...

The storylines are never ending as No. 2 USC prepares to face No. 2 Stanford on Saturday in Palo Alto. The Trojans have lost three straight to the Cardinal, including a triple overtime thriller last year in the Coliseum. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley has yet to beat Stanford since dawning the Cardinal and Gold, which means senior safety, T.J. McDonald is looking for his first win against Stanford, too.

"It is definitely in the back of your head," McDonald said Wednesday of the 0-for-3 streak, "I mean, you never want to end a career knowing that you didn't beat a team."

It's all part of the unfinished business the Trojans are embarking on this season. "We're just preparing well," McDonald said. "Hopefully we can go out there and do everything – take everything from the practice field and film room to the field and execute on Saturday."

McDonald was suspended following the Trojans' 56-48 loss to Stanford last season for a hit on Stanford receiver Chris Owusu late in the game. He was forced to sit out the first half of the USC's next game against Colorado. "I'm still going to play physical," McDonald said in regards to if he has changed the nature of how he plays the game. "That's the only way I know how to play this game, so I learned my lesson and everything is in the past for me, I'm just going forward from there."

USC Coach Lane Kiffin said he still doesn't know how McDonald could have avoided the penalty he picked up in the 4th quarter. "I think it is people slowing things down in slow motion and making decisions," he said. "If you understand the game of football and how fast that was, there is no way."

In the history of the USC football program, the Trojans have never lost four consecutive games to Stanford.

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