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Andre Heidari Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

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Andre Heidari earned his second career Pac-12 Player of the Week award when he was named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday after USC's 13-10 upset of Stanford.

The USC Trojans were outgained by the Cardinal 413-291, but won the game, in part, due to their dominance in the special teams battle.

While Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson missed two field goals, including a 26-yard chip shot, and head coach David Shaw declined to attempt a pair of long 45-50 yard field goals, the Trojans went 2-for-2 on field goals.

Heidari made a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to tie the game 10-10. Then after a pair of timeouts and an internal debate about whether to go for it on fourth-and-5 from the Stanford 35, the USC offense was pulled off the field and Heidari was sent out to attempt a 53-yarder.

For the second season in a row, Andre Heidari nailed the long kick that proved to be the game winner against Stanford. Last year, it was a 47-yarder with 19 seconds remaining. His kick Saturday went through the uprights with 2:30 remaining and still had 3-5 yards of distance to spare.

The senior kicker from Bakersfield, Calif. won his only other Pac-12 Player of the Week award last season against Stanford as well.

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was named Defensive Player of the Week while Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.