Stanford football live blog: Stanford 34, Army 20
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12:16 PM: The Stanford offense doesn’t get anything done on its final drive, and that will do it from West Point. Today’s final score: Stanford 34, Army 20. The Cardinal looked much less efficient and effective as a team today, as Army’s triple-option offense gashed the normally-sturdy Cardinal run defense for 284 yards on the ground. The offense, while getting the job done, also looked very ineffective on several drives against a severely undersized Army defense. Full recap to come.
12:11 PM: Schurr floats a pass into the end zone, complete to Edgar Poe as Army pulls to within 14 points with 0:17 left in the game. David Shaw on the sideline definitely does not look like a happy camper at this point. The scoreboard now reads Stanford 34, Army 20.
12:09 PM: The Black Knights complete a rare pass to convert on a fourth down deep in Stanford territory. Another pitch brings the Army offense to the Stanford 15 as the clock winds down to 0:30 remaining in the game.
12:07 PM: Army steadily driving down the field as the clock ticks down to below two minutes.
12:03 PM: On 4th-and-1, Crower severely underthrows his receiver and Army will take over deep in their own territory with under 4 minutes left to go.
12:02 PM: Now third-stringer Dallas Lloyd seeing some snaps as well, alternating with Crower. Shaw seems to be emptying the bench.
12:00 PM: Crower completes his first career pass, a first down throw to Kodi Whitfield for 8 yards.
11:59 AM: And with Evan Crower coming into the game, Hogan is done for the afternoon. His final stat line is very respectable: 11-of-18 for 188 yards, 3 TD, 1 interception.
11:57 AM: With most of Stanford’s second team defense on the field, it wouldn’t be surprising to see backup QB Evan Crower in for the offense as well.
11:56 AM: Stanford’s defensive line has been having its way in the middle of the field at the line. Santiago is stopped dead after a gain of just one yard as he tries to take it himself. Army will punt it away and the Cardinal offense will take over.
11:55 AM: Santiago throws into coverage and it’s almost picked off by Devon Carrington but he’s ruled out of bounds.
11:53 AM: Army takes over on offense against many of Stanford’s second-teamers on defense and Santiago rolls out on the bootleg before scrambling for 19 yards down a wide-open sideline. The outside runs have been digging away at Stanford’s defense early and often today.
11:43 AM: But Gaffney will not be denied on his second attempt. Touchdown Stanford. Two-yard score gives Gaffney his second touchdown of the day. Williamson’s extra point is good, and Stanford leads Army 34-13.
11:42 AM: Gaffney stuffed. Second-and-goal coming up.
11:40 AM: Great 19-yard run by Gaffney, who made a nice cut once he reached the secondary level. He dove for the pylon, but the officials will mark him out of bounds at the 2-yard line. 1st-and-goal.
11:38 AM: Another Wildcat run by Gaffney in the Ogre set. Good for 2 yards. 2nd-and-8. Strange to not see the offense incorporating Kelsey Young into the Wildcat formation, like sending him in motion, if only for a decoy.
11:35 AM: Cardinal defense bails Hogan out, though, and outside linebacker James Vaughters brings down Santiago behind the line on fourth-and-1. Turnover on downs. Stanford gets the ball back at the Army 29-yard line.
11:32: Hogan makes a huge mistake, as he throws into traffic and gets picked off in the end zone. Pass was intended for Jordan Pratt. That’s Hogan’s first interception of the season, and it came at an untimely place with Stanford inside the Army’s 25-yard line.
11:31 AM: Pass interference called on Army. Rector somehow almost holds on to that ball in the end zone, but falls through his hands at the last moment.
11:27 AM: And a 13-yard rush by Gaffney brings him over the century mark for the second consecutive game. A great welcome back for Gaffney, who returned to the Farm for his last season of eligibility after a one-year stint in minor league baseball. Onto the fourth quarter we go.
11:26 AM: What a catch by Montgomery. Hogan had someone underneath, but elected to go for the bigger play and it pays off with a 15-yard reception by Montgomery. Great effort by the wideout to keep his feet in bounds.
11:25 AM: Stanford back to the ground-and-pound. Gaffney picks up 5, out to the Cardinal’s own 31-yard line. Gaffney has picked up 89 yards on 13 carries today along with a 23-yard touchdown catch.
11:23 AM: Jordan Richards, one of the most athletic players on Stanford’s defense, has been great today. He makes an impressive tackle for loss on Army C-Back Stephen Fraser, and the Black Knights are forced to punt.
11:18 AM: Finally some breathing room for Stanford. Hogan took advantage of Army’s shaky secondary once again, and that’s Gaffney’s first touchdown reception of his career. Game far from over yet, though. Hogan is 10-of-16 passing for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s been okay, but not great, especially considering the lost fumble and another near-turnover in the first half.
11:16 AM: Hogan finds a wide open Gaffney down the left sideline, and the hookup results in a 23-yard touchdown reception. Williamson’s extra point attempt is good and Stanford now leads Army 27-13 with 4:05 .
11:13 AM: Shaw keeping the ball in Montgomery’s hands on the end around. And why not? He’s been by far the most explosive player on the Cardinal offense.
11:12 AM: Hogan misses Whitfield on a short pass over the middle, but hits Montgomery deep for a 26-yard gain. 1st-and-10 at the Army 29-yard line.
11:10 AM: On third-and-6, Santiago botches the handoff and Stanford recovers the ball. Stanford has forced a turnover in 26 straight games, the longest streak in the nation.
11:07 AM: Santiago completes his first pass of the game for 16 yards. Baggett follows up with a 17-yard run filled with spin moves and stiff arms. Army already in Cardinal territory after two snaps.
11:04 AM: Cardinal offense can’t pick up the first down. Hogan’s pass a little too ahead of Whitfield. Punter Ben Rhyne seeing some action today after not having to punt a single time last Saturday, and Army gets the ball back at its own 20-yard line.
11:03 AM: Another screen to Whitfield, but this one results in a shorter gain. Third-and-2.
11:03 AM: Gaffney picks up 4. 2nd-and-6 at the Stanford 48-yard line.
11:02 AM: Hogan goes back to Montgomery right away on the screen. Army corner playing very soft, and Montgomery makes him pay with a first down.
11:00 AM: What a great play by cornerback Wayne Lyons, who drops Santiago behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 3. Good stand by the Cardinal defense, and Army’s punting unit comes out.
10:56 AM: Santiago finds green pasture on the right side of the field and moves the chains. Cardinal defenders over-pursued and allowed Santiago to bounce to the outside. Great vision and decision by Santiago. Army out to its own 41-yard line.
10:55 AM: Defensive end Josh Mauro, who’s been all over the field today, takes down Santiago on the keeper. Third-and-6.
10:53 AM: Reynolds lowers the boom on Baggett on the first play of the second half. 2nd-and-7 coming up.
10:51 AM: The third quarter is now underway. Army will begin with the ball at its own 25-yard line, with a chance to tie the game up on this drive. But a timeout called by the Black Knights first.
10:37 AM: At halftime, Shaw talked about the team needing to execute better in the second half. Stanford will need to do so on both sides of the ball. Yes, Hogan has found open receivers deep down field, but the running game hasn’t been consistent at all and the offense hasn’t been as nearly efficient as it was against San Jose State. On defense, the Cardinal has given Army very little room for error on the pitches, but has not been able to contain the running backs on the outside. The Black Knights were then able to bring the running game back to the middle, ramming down the Cardinal’s throat on their last touchdown. Should make for an interesting second half.
10:33 AM: The Black Knights have been very effective with cut blocks today and have also surprised the Cardinal defenders with their speed on the outside in the running game. The net result? Army has won the time-of-possession battle and also amassed 175 yards on the ground.
10:31 AM: Williamson drives the kick down the middle with plenty to spare as the clock expires. Stanford will carry a 17-13 lead into halftime.
10:27 AM: Hogan hooks up with Montgomery on a post for 16 yards. Five seconds left. Will set up for a 47-yard field goal.
10:26 AM: Hogan gets taken down in the backfield, but throws up the ball at the last moment. Luckily, Gaffney is there to haul in the ball. No harm done.
10:25 AM: With 1:09 left in the second quarter, let’s see if Shaw will try to get the offense into field goal range.
10:22 AM: Army fullback Larry Dixon runs straight up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt is good, and Stanford’s lead is cut to 17-13.
10:20 AM: Baggett scampers down the sideline for 45 yards, all the way down Stanford’s 29-yard line. Only a shoelace tackle by safety Jordan Richards saved a touchdown.
10:18 AM: The play stands. Looked awfully close to a touchdown, but Williamson’s 31-yard field goal attempt is good. Stanford leads Army 17-6 with 3:53 left in the first half.
10:16 AM: Hogan finds Devon Cajuste on a corner route in the end zone. Refs rule it incomplete, but official review coming up. Looks like Cajuste got his foot down, but lost possession after he stepped out of bounds.
10:13 AM: Hogan’s throw to Montgomery is a little high, and is almost picked off twice by Army’s defensive backs. Lucky break for Stanford.
10:11 AM: Great play-calling by Shaw so far. Stanford has been exploiting Army’s porous secondary — look for the Cardinal offense to do that even more in the second half.
10:10 AM: After failing to pick up first downs on two previous third-down scrambles, Hogan finally comes through with a 14-yard run to move the chains. Stanford knocking on the door now at Army’s 19-yard line.
10:09 AM: Hogan takes a shot down field, but the pass intended for Rector is just a little bit overthrown. That’ll bring up third-and-7.
10:07 AM: Montgomery shows off his speed again on the end around. Gain of 25, as Stanford marches down to Army’s 36-yard line.
10:07 AM: Running back Anthony Wilkerson’s first touch of the game is a 4-yard carry. 2nd-and-6.
10:06 AM: On fourth-and-1, Schurr tries to ram it up the middle with a quarterback keeper, but fifth-year senior linebacker Shayne Skov stuffs him. Turnover on downs, and Stanford gets the ball back at its own 35-yard line.
10:04 AM: Schurr rolls out to his right and has an open receiver deep down field, but Cardinal defense close quickly and forces him out-of-bounds instead.
10:04 AM: Black Knights pick up the first down on a great pitch.
10:03 AM: Army’s C-Back, Raymond Maples, appeared to be hurt and went into the locker room after taking a hit from Reynolds.
10:00 AM: It’s definitely been a physical contest so far. A lot of pads popping in the trenches and gang tackling. As expected, Army hasn’t backed down, especially in the running game against Cardinal’s physical, intimidating defense, despite the clear size disadvantage.
9:58 AM: Third-and-3 coming up. Army has been 2-of-5 on third downs today. The Black Knights call a timeout.
9:57 AM: Army ventures to the air for just the second time. A 6-yard completion from A.J. Schurr to wide receiver Anthony Stephens.
9:54 AM: Montgomery was wide open, an easy pitch-and-catch. Hogan overthrew a few deep balls last Saturday, but that bomb to Montgomery was dead-on. Good to see Hogan put his early fumble behind him for good.
9:53 AM: One play is all Stanford needs. Hogan find Montgomery deep on a double route for a 46-yard touchdown. That’s the second touchdown reception on the season for the junior wideout. Williamson’s extra point attempt is good, and Stanford now leads 14-6 early in the second quarter.
9:51 AM: True sophomore Kodi Whitfield makes a few nice moves for a 25-yard punt return. Stanford’s offense will have great field position at the Army 46-yard line. Let’s see if it can build off the momentum from its last touchdown drive.
9:49 AM: Stanford’s defensive line blows the play up, and outside linebacker Trent Murphy is there to clean it up. Loss of 4 by Baggett. Cardinal defense starting to wake up, forcing Army to punt for the first time.
9:48 AM: Two runs of minimal gain bring up third-and-7.
9:45 AM: Army halfback Terry Baggett makes an athletic to pick up 13 yards. Army has the ball at its own 28-yard line.
9:44 AM: A 2-yard run by Army brings the first quarter to an end. Stanford is leading 7-6.
9:42 AM: Hogan was very lucky that the ball didn’t get intercepted on the last play, but impressive concentration from Rector to snag that ball for the touchdown. Shaw and the coaching staff designed some plays for Rector against SJSU last weekend, but the right defensive scheme didn’t present itself.
9:40 AM: Hogan fakes the handoff on the play action, and then launches the ball towards the endzone. The ball gets tipped by an Army defensive back, but sophomore wide receiver Michael Rector hauls it in. Jordan Williamson’s extra point attempt is good, and Stanford leads Army 7-6 with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
9:39 AM: Gaffney moves the chains on the next play though. A 6-yard pickup to the left.
9:38 AM: Fullback Lee Ward went too fancy with a spin move that ends in a no gain. Third-and-1.
9:38 AM: Another good-locking carry by Gaffney for 9 yards. Power running game starting to gain traction now. Second-and-1.
9:37 AM: Stanford gets its first big play on offense, as running back Tyler Gaffney busts through for a 25-yard gain.
9:36 AM: Following a touchback, Hogan connects with Montgomery on a screen. Montgomery utilizes that outside speed to pick up 8 yards. Second-and-2 coming up.
9:33 AM: Daniel Grochowski, Army’s kicker, nails a 48-yarder. That’s a career long for him. Army leads Stanford 6-0 with 3:27 left in the first quarter.
9:32 AM: Stanford’s defense finally start to clamp down though. Two straight runs by Army results in a loss of 1. Santiago’s keeper on third down picks up 5, and so the field goal unit will come out.
9:31 AM: Another first down for the Black Knights on a short run play.
9:29 AM: Better not. Santiago connects with receiver Chevaughn Lawrence for a gain of 8. Safety Ed Reynolds there to make the tackle, but great leaping catch by Lawrence.
9:28 AM: Black Knights pick up another first down after two more run plays, starting to see some success against the Cardinal’s stout run defense. Will Stanford bring the safeties up to load the box?
9:26 AM: Quarterback Angel Santiago gains 2 yards on the quarterback keeper. Enough to move the chains.
9:26 AM: Stanford’s defense momentarily fooled, as Army picks up 7 more yards on the ground.
9:25 AM: The pitch goes to running back Raymond Maples, who tries to bounce to the outside. Tarpley there to contain him though. Gain of just 2 yards.
9:22 AM: With nowhere to pass, Hogan scrambles again. This time, he secures the ball and picks up 5, but he’s still 3 yards short of a first down. Punt coming up. So the Cardinal’s first two drives results in a turnover and a three-and-out. Let’s see if Stanford’s defense can clog up the running gaps again on the upcoming possession.
9:21 AM: Bubble screen to Kelsey Young on the outside results in a loss of 1. The speedy Young didn’t have much space to work with. Third-and-8.
9:20 AM: Stanford lines up in the Wildcat on the first play of the second drive. Gaffney goes straight up the middle for 3 yards. Reminds fans of 2011 all over again. Second-and-7.
9:18 AM: Hogan has been consistently praised by Shaw for his short term memory, and he’ll need to forget about his lost fumble on that last drive.
9:16 AM: The 39-yard kick sneaks through the uprights, and Army lead Stanford 3-0 early in the first quarter. This is the first time that Stanford is trailing in the 2013 season.
9:15 AM: Three straight runs by Army’s triple-option offense, but the Black Knights fall one yard short of the moving chains. Will set up a 39-yard field goal.
9:13 AM: The ruling was overturned. Fumble. Army ball at the Stanford 31. Not an auspicious start for the Cardinal. Third-string quarterback Dallas Lloyd also botched a handoff that resulted in a turnover last Saturday against San Jose State. Shaw is not happy.
9:11 AM: The pocket collapses quickly and Hogan forced to scramble up the middle for a loss of 1. The ball came out, and it seemed like a fumble, but the officials ruled him down. Official review coming up though.
9:07 AM: Hogan’s first pass attempt is batted down at the line. Brings up an early third-and-6. Stanford takes a timeout.
9:06 AM: No surprise, Stanford’s first play is a power run play to the left side. A gain of 4. Earlier this week, Shaw talked about how it’s no secret that Stanford favors the left side in the running game. Why? The left side of the offensive line is massive, with left guard Andrus Peat and left tackle David Yankey, both of whom are over 310 pounds and move freakishly quick for their large frames.
9:06 AM: Stanford will have the ball to begin the game. Ty Montgomery finds a nice hole on the kickoff return, and the Cardinal will start its first drive of the game at its own 27-yard line.
9:05 AM: The players are running out onto the field now. A beautiful, Stanford-esque day at West Point.
9:02 AM: Another key thing to watch for today’s game is how well the Cardinal defense will handle Army’s triple-option offense. The Black Knights led the nation in rushing yards per game last year, and Stanford was ranked in the top five in run defense and number one in tackles for loss. Something has to give. Should make for a great clash.
8:55 AM: Sellout crowd at Michie Stadium.
8:50 AM: However, head coach David Shaw was cautious about Cardinal’s size advantage at Tuesday’s press conference, citing that smaller guys are generally quicker. The Black Knights are also very physical in the trenches and famous for their cut blocks, which involve blockers taking down defenders below the knees. Shaw wasn’t too worried about the increased injury risks, but he did stress the need for Stanford’s defenders to sidestep and get off those blocks.
8:40 AM: A lot has been made about Stanford’s size advantage over Army, especially in the trenches. On average, the Cardinal offensive linemen outweigh the Black Knights defensive linemen by nearly 70 pounds, and on the other side of the ball, the Cardinal defensive line outweigh the Black Knights offensive line by an average of almost 40 pounds. If you want some individual comparisons, Stanford wide receiver Devon Cajuste weighs the same as Army right end, Joe Drummond, and Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy outweighs three of Army’s offensive linemen.
8:20 AM: Hello everyone, and thank you for you joining us on this early Saturday morning. We’re less than an hour away from kickoff as Stanford takes on Army today at West Point. For the Cardinal, it’s the last non-conference matchup before a tough stretch consisting of nine consecutive games against Pac-12 opponents.
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