The most memorable play of Stanford's 55-21 victory over USC had nothing to do with the outcome.
It was not one of Andrew Luck's touchdown passes or Toby Gerhart's overpowering runs. Nor was it Richard Sherman's victory-clinching interception return. It was a two-point conversion attempt by Stanford with 6:47 remaining and victory assured. The Cardinal led 48-21 at the time — it was two points from an even 50. The run failed, but the Trojans were not happy. "I don't feel like commenting," said safety Taylor Mays, who walked toward the Stanford bench while glaring at Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh after the play. Asked why he went for two points instead of kicking the extra point, Harbaugh provided a non-answer answer: "I thought it was an opportunity, the way we were coming off the ball, the way our players were playing — that it was the right thing to do," Harbaugh said. Was there more to it?