Stanford head coach David Shaw and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio previewed what they expected to be a physical 100th Rose Bowl Game in a Sunday night teleconference, as the No. 4 Spartans (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten) and No. 5 Cardinal (11-2, 7-2 Pac-12) began to move forward from their respective conference championship game victories on Saturday.
Nerd Nation remembers when Notre Dame stopped running back Stepfan Taylor ’13 inches short of the goal line to hand Stanford a heartbreaking 20-13 overtime loss in rainy South Bend. Nerd Nation remembers Irish fans rushing the field after the officials announced — in what was one of the most controversial rulings of the 2012 college football season — that the call stood. Outside linebacker Chase Thomas ’12 called it one of the toughest losses of his career, on par with the Fiesta Bowl loss.
To call this Stanford football season an emotional roller coaster ride would be a bit of an understatement. Despite the missed opportunities in frustrating losses… Continue Reading »
It’s that time of year again.
Three blasts from the train whistle pierce the chilly Stanford air at the top of every hour. The water in the school’s normally picturesque fountains is replaced by a sinister cardinal red brew. At the apex of The Claw sits a lone teddy bear, brutally impaled by the topmost spike in full view of students sporting “Beat Cal” shirts in increasing numbers.
Avoiding a letdown after one of the biggest wins in school history was the focus all week. Finding a way to finish games better was… Continue Reading »