USC had won 28 consecutive November games under Pete Carroll since he became coach in 2001, many of them by huge margins.
Then came Saturday's 55-21 bludgeoning to the hands of Stanford, the most points ever given up by a Trojan team.
Make no mistake: Jim Harbaugh was intent on running up the score. After Toby Gerhart steamrolled his way to the Cardinal's seventh touchdown and 48-21 lead with 6:47 to play, Harbaugh decided to go for two — probably because he couldn't go for three.
The attempt failed, but Stanford tacked on one more score with its second-team offense against the Trojan first-team defense.