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Rags to Roses

‘Rags to Roses’ excerpt: Leadup to Oregon 2012

One thing was clear: The road to the Pac-12 Championship went through Oregon. No team understood that fact better than Stanford. For two consecutive seasons, the Ducks had denied the Cardinal the conference title and a national championship bid; Andrew Luck ‘12, who only beat the Ducks once in his three-year playing career, had even admitted that Stanford was suffering from an “Oregon problem.” With Luck gone, the Cardinal arrived at Autzen as a 21-point underdog.

‘Rags to Roses’ excerpt: Luck’s easy decision

It was 6 a.m. the morning after the Orange Bowl victory. Andrew Luck, after staying up and celebrating the entire night, sat in the hot tub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel with about a dozen of his teammates. Right then and there, Luck told them that he was returning to Stanford for his senior season.

‘Rags to Roses’ excerpt: ‘Celebrating with football’

First, Harbaugh told them, they were going to “celebrate Christmas and Jesus Christ by celebrating with football.” To ensure players could get home early enough to enjoy Christmas Eve, Harbaugh had practice start very early in the morning. Harbaugh promised it would be a short practice: The first team would only have around 20 plays. “So 46 plays later for the ones,” McGillicuddy remembers, “tensions are getting a little high...People started getting a little chippy.”

Archive: Stanford tops Wisconsin to win the Rose Bowl

SWEETNESS STANFORD WINS 99TH ROSE BOWL By MILES BENNETT-SMITH, MANAGING EDITOR Pasadena, Calif.-It wasn’t pretty, but Stanford proved yet again that its “Blue Collar” style of play is as efficient as ever with a grinding 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday. After racing out to an early 14-point lead in the…

Archive: Rose Bowl years are the best years

Rose Bowl memories still sweet By JOSEPH BEYDA, COLUMNIST The Rose Bowl is why I love apocalypse years. I’ve lived through two, Y2K and the upcoming Mayan doomsday, and when I celebrate how the world didn’t actually end a month from now, it will be the second time that I’m doing so in Pasadena. The…

Archive: Stanford wins Pac-12 Championship

RAINING ROSES Stanford beats UCLA to win Pac-12 Championship By MILES BENNETT-SMITH, MANAGING EDITOR Where Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh failed, Kevin Hogan and David Shaw delivered. On a wet night at Stanford Stadium, redshirt freshman quarterback Hogan did just enough on offense and Shaw put his faith in kicker Jordan Williamson, who came through…

Archive: No. 13 Stanford stuns No. 2 Oregon in overtime, 17-14

By MILES BENNETT-SMITH, MANAGING EDITOR Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson said he “blacked out” as his 37-yard field goal sailed a few feet inside the left upright. But Stanford fans will remember every second of that kick, as it gave the No. 13 Cardinal a stunning 17-14 overtime upset over No. 2 Oregon Saturday night at Autzen…

Archive: Hogan replaces Nunes at quarterback

HOGAN IN AT QB By SAM FISHER, DESK EDITOR Well, now it’s official. Stanford head coach David Shaw confirmed today at his weekly press conference and in the official depth chart that Kevin Hogan will start at quarterback on Saturday when Stanford takes on Oregon State. “As everybody knows, Kevin Hogan will start at quarterback…

Archive: Stanford upsets No. 2 USC

FOUR MORE YEARS Defense carries Stanford past No. 2 USC in stunning 21-14 upset By GEORGE CHEN, DESK EDITOR It was an upset for the ages. So much for Matt Barkley’s Heisman hopes. So much for USC’s title aspirations. And so much for Stanford’s supposed decline after the Andrew Luck era. In front of a…

Archive: Oregon ruins Stanford’s perfect year in rout

DREAMS DASHED Oregon runs by Stanford again to end perfect season By JACK BLANCHAT, DESK EDITOR It had been 406 days since the Stanford football team last lost a game. But on Saturday night against the Oregon Ducks, the Cardinal experienced the worst form of déjà vu. For the second time in as many years,…

Archive: Stanford eclipses USC in triple-OT classic

SEASON RECOVERED STANFORD ESCAPES IN TRIPLE OVERTIME By JACK BLANCHAT, DESK EDITOR Some scores will live forever in Stanford football history. 20-19 in 1982. 24-23 in 2007. But 56-48 in 2011 might outrank them all. In the most dramatic game of the 2011 college football season, the Stanford football team rallied from a 10-point deficit…

Archive: Card whips Arizona, but loses Skov to injury

LUCK AIRS IT OUT Cardinal offense ignites in desert rout of Wildcats By JACOB JAFFE, DESK EDITOR For the third straight week, the No. 5 Stanford football team appeared out of sync in the first half. But for the third straight week, the Cardinal responded with a dominant second half, blanking Arizona after the break…

Archive: Just savor the moment

Just savor the moment By JACOB JAFFE, COLUMNIST Sometimes sports hurt. Sometimes sports envelope your life with pain and isolation that nothing can cure. Sometimes being a sports fan physically and emotionally bombards your body and soul with unimaginable agony. Sometimes you might even question if sports are worth watching because of the effect they…

Archive: Oregon hands Stanford first loss

QUACK ATTACK Oregon crushes Stanford, 52-31 By KABIR SAWHNEY, MANAGING EDITOR In its toughest test of the season to date, the No. 16 Stanford football team fell to No. 3 Oregon on Saturday night, 52-31, marking its first loss of the season. The game was a tale of two halves for both teams. While the…

Archive: Stanford stomps USC 55-21

THE FALL OF TROY Gerhart and the Card dominate USC By JACK SALISBURY, SENIOR STAFF WRITER Sometimes, the sequel is just as good as the original. Hardly anyone thought Stanford could top the performance it gave two years ago when it shocked Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum as a 41-point underdog, but the Cardinal…
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