Southern Cal 14 7 14 14 - 49 Stanford 7 3 0 7 - 17
USC-Colbert 17 pass from Palmer (Killeen kick), 11:16.
Stan-Wells 6 pass from Matter (Sgroi kick), 4:50.
USC-Williams 8 pass from Palmer (Killeen kick), 1:54.
Stan-FG Sgroi 25, 11:12.
USC-Fargas 7 run (Killeen kick), 5:50.
USC-Colbert 13 pass from Palmer (Killeen kick), 12:14.
USC-Holmes 22 pass from Palmer (Killeen kick), 7:44.
USC-MacKenzie 4 run (Killeen kick), 14:56.
Stan-Johnson 11 pass from Matter (Sgroi kick), 13:19.
USC-McCullough 6 run (Killeen kick), 8:53.
USC Stan First downs 21 19 Rushes-yards 29-87 40-78 Passing 327 165 Comp-Att-Int 23-33-0 23-35-1 Return Yards 9 15 Punts-Avg. 5-42 7-37 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 3-1 Penalties-Yards 10-104 5-52 Time of Possession 24:46 35:14
Rushing- USC Fargas 9-43, MacKenzie 3-41, Dennis 6-21, McCullough 7-14, Palmer 4-(minus 32). Stanford, Carter 18-74, Tolon 6-28, Faust 2-9, Mason 2-(minus 5), Matter 12-(minus 28).
Passing- USC, Palmer 22-32-0-317, Cassel 1-1-0-10. Stanford, Matter 23-35-1-165.
Receiving- USC, Williams 8-94, Colbert 5-66, Kelly 3-69, Holmes 3-57, MacKenzie 2-23, Byrd 1-10, McCullough 1-8. Stanford, Wells 4-34, Johnson 4-32, Mason 4-17, Crochet 2-19, Powell 2-17, Carter 2-3, Smith 1-17, Faust 1-12, Moore 1-7, Camarillo 1-6, Blackhurst 1-1.
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Carson Palmer threw four touchdown passes to break a school career record and lead 10th-ranked Southern California to a 49-17 victory over struggling Stanford on Saturday.
The Trojans' win keeps their dwindling conference championship hopes alive. One more victory by first-place Washington State or one loss by USC (7-2 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) would eliminate the Trojans.
Palmer threw two scoring passes to Mike Williams and another to Alex Holmes to give Palmer 61 career TD passes, breaking the mark of 58 set by Rob Johnson. Palmer has thrown 13 TD passes in his past three games.
Palmer picked apart the Pac-10's second-worst defense, completing 22 of 32 passes for 317 yards, with eight of his completions to Williams for 94 yards. Williams broke the Pac-10 freshman record for receptions in a season with 58, eclipsing the mark of 55 set by Washington's Reggie Williams last year.
USC had lost three straight to Stanford (2-7, 1-5) by a combined 11 points, but the Trojans were determined to keep their surge going following the team's bye week. In October, USC beat California and Washington at home, then won at Oregon. The Trojans' only loss was by three points in overtime at Washington State.
The Cardinal have been outscored 118-49 in losing their last three games.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Matter started at quarterback for Stanford for the third straight week in place of regular Chris Lewis, who has a bruised shoulder.
Matter completed all 14 of his passes in the first half, but his team only managed just 10 points, despite controlling the ball for nearly 21 of the 30 minutes.
Matter completed his first pass of the third quarter before throwing an interception midway through the period. His short pass was deflected and caught by defensive end Kenechi Udeze. Two plays later, Palmer connected with Holmes for a 22-yard score that gave the Trojans a 35-10 lead.
Matter finished 23-for-35 for 165 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.
The Cardinal put pressure on Palmer on USC's first offensive series and forced the Trojans to punt, but then the problems started for Stanford.
Tom Malone's punt hit the foot of Stanford's T.J. Rushing, and USC's Justin Wyatt recovered at the 17. Palmer hit Colbert on the next play for the game's first score. Colbert later had a 13-yard scoring catch.
After Stanford tied it on Matter's 6-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Wells in the first quarter, USC took advantage of two Cardinal penalties to regain the lead. Leigh Torrance's pass interference on third down prolonged the Trojans' drive, and Stanford was flagged for having too many players on the field.
Palmer got USC in scoring position with a 27-yard pass to Holmes before hitting Williams for an 8-yard score.
Justin Fargas added a 7-yard TD run midway through the second quarter to make it 21-10.
Stanford again hurt itself, exactly what first-year coach Buddy Teevens was hoping to avoid.
After an impressive kickoff return by Wells to the 46-yard line to start the game, the Cardinal were penalized for holding. So Stanford began its drive at its own 12 instead and was forced to punt.