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Vihan Lakshman
Vihan Lakshman's journey at The Stanford Daily came full-circle as he began his career as a football beat writer and now closes his time on The Farm in the same role. In between, he has served as an Opinions columnist and desk editor, a beat writer for Stanford baseball, and as a member of The Daily's Editorial Board. Vihan completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematical and Computational Science in 2016, and is currently pursuing a master's in Computational Mathematics. He also worked as a color commentator on KZSU football broadcasts during the 2015 season. To contact him, please send an email to vihan 'at'

Stanford football holds off UNC for gritty Sun Bowl victory

Heading into the 2016 Sun Bowl, almost all of the major storylines for the No. 18 Stanford Cardinal (10-3, 6-3 Pac-12) centered around the absence of star running back Christian McCaffrey, who elected to sit out the game to begin preparing for the 2017 NFL Draft. By the final whistle in El Paso, however, it…

Football to face UNC in Sun Bowl

For the eighth straight season, Stanford will be going bowling as the No. 18 Cardinal (9-3, 6-3 Pac 12) have accepted an invitation to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, for a tilt with the North Carolina Tarheels (8-4, 5-3 ACC) on Dec. 30.

Football to host Rice in regular season finale

Following a record-tying seventh consecutive Big Game victory, the No. 24 Stanford Cardinal (8-3, 6-3 Pac-12) move from one week defined by traditions into another as they prepare to take on the visiting Rice Owls (3-8, 2-6 Conference USA). Gone is the red dye from the campus fountains; the train whistle can stop working overtime…

Behind enemy lines: Stanford vs. Cal

Heading into the 119th edition of the Big Game rivalry at Berkeley, No. 24 Stanford (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) rolls into Cal Memorial Stadium on a four game-winning streak, the last of which came in a rout of Pac-12 North-rival Oregon. Daily football writer Vihan Lakshman talked with football writer Hooman Yazdanian of the Daily Californian about the struggling Cal season and whether the Golden Bears can respond to Stanford's potent dual-rushing attack.

Run game leads football to home victory over Oregon State

Up by two scores late in the third quarter, Stanford football (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) moved to grind its opponent into sawdust, running the ball on its final 28 offensive plays of the game en route to a 26-15 victory over the visiting Oregon State Beavers (2-7, 1-5 Pac-12) and extending its program-best streak of bowl eligibility to eight consecutive years.

Cardinal end offensive drought, prevail over Arizona

After scoring just four offensive touchdowns in its last five games, Stanford football (5-3, 3-3 Pac-12) crossed the goal line just as many times in the span of 60 minutes Saturday, displaying a significant and desperately-needed offensive improvement in a 34-10 road win over the Arizona Wildcats (2-6, 0-5).

Behind enemy lines: Stanford vs. Arizona

With Stanford football entering a pivotal game against the Arizona Wildcats in Tuscon, senior football analyst Vihan Lakshman sat down with Daily Wildcat sports writer Justin Spears to talk about an injured Wildcats offense and how the Cardinal can exploit Arizona's weak run defense.

Behind enemy lines: Stanford vs. Colorado

After the Cardinal football team survived Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, last weekend, The Daily's Vihan Lakshman sat down with Justin Guerriero, the head sports editor of the CU Independent, to discuss the upcoming match with Colorado and predict who the key playmakers will be for the Buffaloes. After the Cardinal football team survived Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, last weekend, The Daily's Vihan Lakshman sat down with Justin Guerriero, the head sports editor of the CU Independent, to discuss the upcoming match with Colorado and predict who the key playmakers will be for the Buffaloes.

Behind enemy lines: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

As Stanford football tries to end its slip into mediocrity with a matchup against the Fighting Irish, another team whose start of the season has took an unexpected turn, The Daily's Vihan Lakshman investigated Notre Dame's plans to best the Cardinal in a discussion with Joshua Vowles, the site manager at One Foot Down.

Football outmuscled by Cougars en route to crushing loss at home

This week was supposed to be about cleaning up an uncharacteristic number of miscues for a famously disciplined program, getting healthier with an extra day of rest and regaining some confidence on the field behind a friendly home environment. Instead, in an "Inception"-like turn of events, the Cardinal were jolted by that bad dream in Seattle only to wake up inside another one.

Behind enemy lines: Washington State Cougars

No. 15 Stanford returns home and looks ahead to a streaking Washington State team which left Eugene, Oregon, last week with a resounding victory. To preview this game, The Daily's Vihan Lakshman spoke with sports writer Britton Ransford of about rebounding seasons, Cougar quarterback Luke Falk and which team he thinks will win this battle on the Farm.

On the academic offensive: The most interesting line in the world

For a position group that rarely receives outside attention or produces easily digestible numbers, the Tunnel Workers Union has been a prominent talking point throughout the Cardinal’s young season, a phenomenon one can credit to Stanford’s decision two years ago to put players’ majors next to their names on the official depth chart.

Behind enemy lines: Washington Huskies

No. 7 Stanford football looks ahead to a Pac-12 showdown this weekend against the No. 10 Washington Huskies. To preview the game, The Daily’s Vihan Lakshman spoke with sports editor Alexis Mansanarez of The Daily of the University of Washington about UW's experienced coach and which team will remain undefeated after Friday.

Instant recap: Stanford steals win at UCLA behind late-game heroics

In a nightmare game fraught with failed offensive execution, injuries to key contributors and abundant penalties, the Stanford Cardinal faced its scariest scenario of the evening with two minutes and five seconds remaining. Down 13-9 with no time outs and a starting quarterback making his first road start who had completed just one pass in…

Football podcast: No. 7 Stanford at UCLA

Back in the studio for the start of the school year, KZSU play-by-play broadcaster Nicky Sullivan and Daily football analysts Vihan Lakshman and Do-Hyoung Park discuss Stanford's victory over USC last weekend and preview the upcoming tussle with UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

Stanford returns to Rose Bowl for clash with UCLA

When No. 7 Stanford (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) faced UCLA (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) last season, the Cardinal offense had already hit its stride. As the Cardinal prepare for their first road trip of the season in Pasadena, a hungry UCLA team that has dropped its last eight meetings with Stanford awaits.

Behind enemy lines: UCLA Bruins

As No. 7 Stanford prepares for its first roadtrip to take on perennial rival UCLA, The Daily’s Vihan Lakshman asked Daily Bruin sports editor Matt Cummings a few questions about UCLA's performance so far this season and how it plans to limit the Cardinal offense.

Instant recap: Stanford grinds down USC behind Tunnel Workers Union

It was one of the defining moments for Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren in the 2015 Pac-12 Championship Game. Late in the fourth quarter, the USC defensive line, gassed and run over, began to beg for mercy. “That’s our goal,” Bloomgren said. “To see doubt in another man’s eyes.” That was the standard set before…
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