Andre Heidari redeemed himself in the biggest way possible by nailing a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to help the USC Trojans beat the Stanford Cardinal 20-17 at the Coliseum on Saturday night.
Heidari missed an extra point following the Trojans’ first touchdown, meaning Stanford only needed a field goal to tie the game instead of a touchdown to go ahead. But Heidari made the biggest kick of all — a 47 yarder — a few plays after the Trojans converted a 4th-and-2 near midfield.
“It was just another kick. Just take it the same way as another kick. Even though it was a game-winning kick, it had to be done. It was just a regular kick,” Heidari told KABC 7’s Curt Sandoval after the game.
Heidari also talked about the significance of the win.
“The Trojan family is known for a family. And everybody out on the field tonight, we just coming together as one and uniting with everybody, it’s just a special moment for USC and for the program and for everybody.”
Not only was the kick redemption for missing an extra point in the game, but also for some of Heidari’s misses earlier in the season. Heidari missed a 43-yard field goal in a 10-7 loss to Washington State, and he missed kicks from 40 and 47 in a 14-10 loss to Notre Dame.
Somewhat improbably, USC is now 8-3 and 5-0 under interim coach Ed Orgeron. USC fans loved the win so much they even stormed the field:
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