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No. 16 Stanford beats USC 37-35 on Whitaker's kick

When Nate Whitaker walked on the field with 4 seconds left, his focus was entirely on the potential game-winning kick and not the missed extra point that was the difference in the game at that point.Given a second chance after an expert drive by Andrew Luck, Whitaker atoned for his earlier miss by kicking a 30-yard field goal on the final play to give No. 16 Stanford a 37-35 victory over Southern California on Saturday night."I knew I had to make it," Whitaker said. "There wasn't too much else going through (my mind) except it was my chance to redeem myself and give the team what it needed."Whitaker missed his earlier kick after Stanford's final touchdown and that looked as if it could be the difference after USC took a 35-34 lead on Allen Bradford's 3-yard run and an extra point by Joe Houston with 1:08 remaining.That's when Luck stepped up for Stanford (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10), taking over at the 26 with 1:02 left and two timeouts. The drive got an immediate boost when USC linebacker Chris ...

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