CBS Sports: While Toby Gerhart rampaged through the Southern California defense in an awfully quiet Coliseum, the star tailback and his Cardinal teammates flattened a bunch of recent college football certainties as well.
USC's streaks of seven straight BCS bowls, 11-win seasons and top-four AP poll finishes? Those are all finished.
The Trojans' Pac-10 dominance over the past seven years? It's all but over after Stanford paved the way for a new West Coast champion.
Gerhart took time on the Coliseum field to savor the moment after rushing for 178 yards and three touchdowns in No. 25 Stanford's 55-21 victory Saturday over the 11th-ranked Trojans, who allowed the most points in school history.
"To do that against a storied program, a perennial power, it's the greatest feeling in the world," said the Pac-10 rushing leader, whose Heisman Trophy hopes are gaining momentum. "It was just will. The offensive line just moved people. We got after them and got downhill, and it was just a good offensive day."