Though it didn’t come to the forefront in the Cardinal’s blowout win against Cal, head coach David Shaw’s play calling has been one of the most controversial aspects of the 2013 Stanford football season. Stanford’s performance in pressure situations hasn’t been all bad, however. Despite the team’s well-documented red zone struggles, it still leads the Pac-12 in third down efficiency (51.6 percent). We asked football writers Winston Shi, Do-Hyoung Park and David Cohn: What is Stanford doing wrong in the red zone, but right on third down?
Apparently there is a minimum talent level required to activate the “Cardiac Cardinal” mode of Stanford football, and Cal is nowhere close to that point.
The following is a postgame analysis piece of the 103rd Big Game between Stanford and Berkeley, originally published in The Stanford Daily on Monday, Nov. 20, 2000. Stanford beat Cal 36-30 in the first Big Game to go to overtime, extending Stanford’s winning streak over Cal to six games.