LOS ANGELES -- The Coliseum stands emptied in waves that flowed onto the field after Stanfords final fumble. Morgan Burnett Jersey . Thousands of Southern California fans enveloped the Trojans to celebrate an improbable win secured by an interim coach, an inconsistent kicker and a thin defence that wouldnt break. USCs surge for Ed Orgeron had just swallowed up No. 5 Stanfords national title hopes. Andre Heidari kicked a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, and a stalwart defence repeatedly came up big in USCs 20-17 upset of the Cardinal on Saturday night. Cody Kessler passed for 288 yards as the revitalized Trojans (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) earned their fifth win in six games under the irrepressible Orgeron, who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin in late September. Orgeron immediately returned fun to a dour program -- and wins have followed, none bigger than this streak-snapping win over powerful Stanford. "In our tight-knit family, there was a belief that we were going to find a way to win the game," Orgeron said. "Im proud of our young men. This is something that theyve wanted for a long time now." USCs remarkable defensive performance included two fourth-quarter interceptions and a season-low 17 points from the Cardinal (8-2, 6-2), who followed up last weeks win over Oregon by getting knocked out of the BCS title chase and maybe the Rose Bowl race as well. Heidari nearly lost his job twice this season, and he missed an extra point in the first quarter. But the junior coolly nailed the tiebreaking field goal -- and then got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for running the length of the field to celebrate it. "They all said, We know you got this. You do it every day in practice," Heidari said of his teammates. "They believed in me." Moments later, thousands of USC fans flooded the field. Stanford had won in its last three trips to the Coliseum, including a triple-overtime thriller two years ago, and its last four meetings with USC overall. Soma Vainuku caught an early TD pass and Javorius Allen rushed for a score for USC, which played 38 straight scoreless minutes until Heidaris kick. Nelson Agholor had eight catches for 104 yards, while Marqise Lee had six catches for 83 yards -- and both receivers made big plays on USCs final drive. "I dont know if I pulled them together," Orgeron said. "I think they just came together. The leadership of this program is really coming to the forefront." Tyler Gaffney rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford, which had won three straight while closing in on the chance to host the Pac-12 title game for the second straight year. Kevin Hogan went 14 of 25 for 127 yards, but the Cardinal couldnt regain the lead after trailing 17-10 at half, despite repeatedly getting close. "I think this is the first time anyone on this team has lost to them," Gaffney said. "Its a tough thing to swallow." Stanford tied it with Gaffneys 18-yard TD run on the first drive of the third quarter, but couldnt score on six drives in the final 23 minutes, managing just 88 yards -- 75 on a single drive ending in Dion Baileys interception. USCs offence also struggled throughout the second half, but the Trojans sanctions-depleted defence kept it close despite using just two substitutes for most of the night. "Theyre a good team, and they got healthy at the wrong time for us," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "In the second half, we did a heck of a job defensively. We just didnt make enough plays on offensively. Thats not going to win on the road in this conference." Bailey intercepted Hogans third-down pass at the USC 6 with about 10 1/2 minutes to play, killing what seemed certain to be Stanfords go-ahead drive. Sua Cravens then intercepted a tipped pass at the USC 44 with 3 minutes to play, giving another chance to the Trojans offence. After Lee caught a 13-yard slant pass over midfield on fourth-and-2, the Trojans reached the Stanford 21 before two straight yardage-losing plays pushed them back to the 30 -- and Heidari still nailed his kick. "This is definitely the most electrifying game Ive been a part of in the four years Ive been here," Bailey said. USC hadnt beaten a ranked opponent since 2011, but the Trojans have played with ever-increasing fire and confidence for Orgeron, the Morgan-Burnett-Jersey/]Morgan Burnett Steelers Jersey[/url]. "Win the game, get in the tournament," Shields said, describing the Huskers mindset coming into the day. When the buzzer sounded, Nebraskas student section rushed the court and bounced to the music. Now the Huskers go to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tournament, where theyll play Ohio State or Purdue on Friday. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan wasnt interested in discussing his teams NCAA seeding possibilities. "I dont even know what youre talking about," he said. "You guys dont know me. No. 1 seed for what? Were the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament. Thats the only thing I know." The Badgers were runners-up to Michigan in the regular season and will open the Big Ten tournament on Friday against Minnesota or Penn State. Frank Kaminsky led Wisconsin with 14 points. Nigel Hayes added 12, Josh Gasser had 11 and Ben Brust finished with 10. On top of a Nebraska defence that held Wisconsin to 43-per cent shooting, the Badgers struggled at the free-throw line, making just 11 of 21. "We just didnt do the things necessary to win the basketball game. Thats what it boils down to," Kaminsky said. "We had a scouting report and we let them get away with some things." Kaminskys 3-pointer gave Wisconsin its last lead before the Huskers went on their decisive run. "Once we got the lead, we werent going to give it back," Petteway said. The stage was set early on for a big night at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Gallegos and fellow senior Mike Peltz were honoured, with Peltz taking the festivities to the next level when he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend at centre court with his teammates jumping around behind him. She said yes. Miles narrated a video tribute to the fans and, for the first time, the team ran onto the court through a fog machine. A card section was set up in the south end zone, with students raising a giant red "N" against a white backdrop before tipoff. 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