Much has been made of Tyler Gaffney, the two sport athlete; his departure from the Farm to play professional baseball, his return to Cardinal football… Continue Reading »
2009: Stanford 55, USC 21 The 2009 matchup between the Cardinal and Trojans will be forever known as the “What’s your deal?” game. No. 25 Stanford… Continue Reading »
The nascent Stanford-Oregon rivalry has been marked primarily by its last three installments, each of them between a pair of top-15 teams that would both eventually end up playing in BCS bowls. But there’s another recent Cardinal-Ducks showdown that foreshadowed the two programs’ rise, and like tonight’s game, it was played at Stanford Stadium on a Nov. 7.
When we first heard it, we thought it was just about Kevin Hogan: a unique phrase, for unique circumstances. How often does a redshirt freshman unseat a senior quarterback on a top-15 team, nine games into the season, much less? One week he was a third-stringer, still an afterthought following the preseason competition to replace Andrew Luck; the next week he was tasked with leading Stanford to the Rose Bowl berth Luck never attained. From the outside looking in, at least, there was something uncanny about Hogan’s ascension.
Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson were part of the Cardinal’s five-man stable of backs that replaced Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart in 2010, and head coach David Shaw has indicated that he will use five running backs per game in 2013 as well to fill in for Stepfan Taylor.