After a gut wrenching loss to the now No.10 Washington State this past Saturday by a score of 43-40, Cardinal fans can’t help but feel a sense of loss and despair. Where has the season gone? Where is the fierce Cardinal play Nerd Nation is so used to seeing?
For the third straight year, No. 24 Stanford (5-3, 3-2 Pac 12) fell to No. 14 Washington State (7-1, 4-1). For the second straight year, a heartbreaking margin of three points separated the two sides, as the Cougars were able to kick a go-ahead field goal with nineteen seconds remaining to defeat the Cardinal 41-38.
In what very well may have been quarterback KJ Costello’s best game for the Cardinal, ending with 323 yards and four touchdowns and a strong completion percentage of 79%, Stanford came up just short Saturday night in a tough 41-38 loss to the Washington State Cougars. It was certainly Stanford’s debut as a pass-first team, throwing 43 times compared to only 23 plays on the ground.
Saturday is homecoming for the No. 24 ranked Stanford football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) who return to the Farm for the first time since October 6th to take on No. 14 Washington State (6-1, 3-1) in a top-25 showdown to determine control of the Pac-12 North.
No. 24 Stanford football (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) got the win they needed last week at Arizona State. The Cardinal now control their own destiny in the Pac-12 North and will have a chance to play for the Rose Bowl if they win out. Every Pac-12 showdown is massive at this point because the North is essentially a four team race between Stanford, No. 19 Oregon, No. 15 Washington, and No. 14 Washington State. Every team except Oregon has just one conference loss, so any Pac-12 defeat would drop the Cardinal off the pace and make it nearly impossible for them to still reach the conference championship game. Every game is important, but the next two weeks are just a little bigger.
The No. 24 Stanford Cardinal (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) is back in the AP rankings after falling out following their home loss to Utah. This week they take on No. 14 Washington State (6-1, 3-1) in their fifth home game of the season. The team faces an uphill battle against the Cougars’ head coach Mike Leach and his unconventional, yet successful offense, which gave a beating to the Oregon Ducks just last week. The Daily’s King Jemison, Julio Ballista and Shan Reddy share their thoughts on the unstoppable Cougar offensive, the recent history between the Cardinal and Washington State and the woes of the Stanford offense.
With David Decastro, Blake Martinez, and Doug Baldwin on bye and Richard Sherman out for the San Francisco 49ers, many big-name Cardinal players were out of action. Meanwhile, the few Stanford stars that did suit up proved to be key players in Week seven NFL action.
On Oct. 18, the concussion-awareness initiative known as CrashCourse, developed by Stanford researchers and student-athletes, announced that it has partnered with Pop Warner, the country’s largest youth football organization for children five to 16 years old. CrashCourse aims to promote dialogue about head injuries and to encourage early reporting of concussion symptoms among youth football players nationwide.