USC loses to Stanford in OT

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

USC played No. 4 Stanford even.

The Trojans forced the high-powered Cardinal into triple overtime and appeared on the verge of sending the game into a fourth extra period.

That’s when it all went bad for the Trojans.

Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley recovered a fumble by USC running back Curtis McNeal in the end zone, sending the No. 20 Trojans to a 56-48 defeat before a stunned crowd of 93,607 Saturday at the Coliseum.

Stanford stayed on track for a possible national title and improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Pacific 12 Conference.

USC fell to 6-2 and 3-2 in conference play.