USC at Stanford 9/15/12

After a couple of really lackluster shoots at Stanford, I was really looking forward to shoot #2-ranked USC in the late afternoon sun. I started out with some band pictures: USC Band - USC at Stanford

The USC Trojan - USC at Stanford

The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band - USC at Stanford

USC quarterback Matt Barkley is a Heisman contender, so I wanted to get as many different pictures of him as possible:

Matt Barkley - USC at Stanford

Matt Barkley - USC at Stanford

I made some other pregame pictures and got ready for the game:

Leonard Williams - USC at Stanford

Pregame prayer - USC at Stanford

USC started out strong on offense, pushing around Stanford's pass and run defense.

Silas Redd - USC at Stanford

Robert Woods - USC at Stanford

Nelson Agholor & Jordan Richards - USC at Stanford

Nelson Agholor & Jordan Richards - USC at Stanford

During the first quarter, the light started to get really good, cutting across the field diagonally, with pockets of shadows created by the stadium structure. I shot backlit for the most part to use the darkened backgrounds and reduce the contrast between jerseys and faces:

Nelson Agholor - USC at Stanford

Robert Woods - USC at Stanford

Stepfan Taylor & George Uko - USC at Stanford

Terrence Brown & Robert Woods - USC at Stanford

Levine Toilolo & Hayes Pullard - USC at Stanford

Ty Montgomery - USC at Stanford

That didn't stop a referee from creatively blocking this picture for me:

Ty Montgomery - USC at Stanford

As the shadows swallowed up the field, there were some tricky shots where the stands were still fully lit:

Silas Redd - USC at Stanford

Levine Toilolo & Torin Harris - USC at Stanford

The Sun eventually set behind the stadium, and the lights took over:

Soma Vainuku & Ronnie Harris - USC at Stanford

Matt Barkley - USC at Stanford

Brent Seals & Josh Shaw - USC at Stanford

Marqise Lee - USC at Stanford

Stanford battled back with tight end Zach Ertz carrying a lot of the weight:

Zach Ertz - USC at Stanford

Zach Ertz & Dion Bailey - USC at Stanford

The sidelines were crowded as they usually are for big games, and I was just about to yell at this guy for stepping across the line, but luckily before I could say anything, I saw that it was former USC/49ers legend Ronnie Lott:

Ronnie Lott - USC at Stanford

On the last couple USC drives of the game, Stanford's defense rose to the challenge and completely shut down Barkley and the USC offense:

Matt Barkley & Kevin Anderson - USC at Stanford

Matt Barkley - USC at Stanford

Chase Thomas & Ben Gardner - USC at Stanford

Chase Thomas & Matt Barkley - USC at Stanford

I got some pretty good pictures of the head coaches:

Lane Kiffin - USC at Stanford

David Shaw & Shayne Skov - USC at Stanford

And when it was over, everyone rushed the field:

Celebration - USC at Stanford