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Tony Avelar, Associated Press
Southern California running back Javorius Allen (37) rushes past Stanford cornerback Alex Carter (25) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Stanford, Calif.

STANFORD, Calif. — Andre Heidari kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining, J.R. Tavai forced a fumble to end Stanford's comeback bid and No. 14 Southern California held off the No. 13 Cardinal 13-10 Saturday.

With Stanford threatening to tie or take the lead, Tavai came from Kevin Hogan's blindside to jar the ball loose. Scott Felix recovered at the Trojans 26-yard-line with 19 seconds to play, sealing new coach Steve Sarkisian's first major victory at USC.

Javorius Allen ran for a career-high 154 yards, and Nelson Agholor had a career-high nine receptions for 91 yards to help the Trojans (2-0, 1-0) do just enough on offense to win at Stanford Stadium for the first time since 2008.

Heidari also kicked a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.