Hinging on Heidari? No problem

The story had been building all week: what if USC's chance to upset No. 5 Stanford came down to a game winning field goal? Would Andre Heidari be able to hit it? The Trojans beat Stanford 20-17 on Saturday.

It's been an inconsistent season at best for USC kicker Andre Heidari.

As though he needed reminding, over the week of preparation for Stanford, Heidari had to discusses once again how he missed two field goals in USC's 10-7 loss to Washington State... How he missed two in USC's 14-10 loss at Notre Dame... and how he even missed a field goal and point after attempt in USC's win at California.

Going into Saturday's game against No. 5 Stanford, the junior kicker was just 11-of-18 on field goal attempts through the Trojans' first 10 games.

So how would he fair, if a win against the Cardinal was on the line?

Heidari stayed cool and collected when answering that question this week.

He appeared to stay that same cool and collected when he took the field with 19 seconds left in the game Saturday night, the score reading USC 17, Stanford 17.

Was Heidari's confidence shaken, since missing an early point-after-touchdown attempt and not being allowed to attempt the next?

93,607 were about to find out.

From 47-yards out, Heidari made his first game-winning field goal, giving USC the 20-17 win over Stanford -- a team the Trojans have lost to the last four seasons.

Heidari is now 13-of-20 on the season.

His big make, overshadowing what now seem like narrow misses in what became a historic night at the L.A. Coliseum.

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