It wasn’t supposed to end that way. With the Fiesta Bowl tied 38-38 in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, a surgical Andrew Luck had just engineered what appeared to be the game-winning drive against a helplessly baffled Oklahoma State defense. Three seconds left in regulation and it couldn’t have been scripted better. Stanford placekicker Jordan Williamson lined up for a 35-yard field goal attempt in front of almost 14 million viewers, on the brink of vaulting the Cardinal to its second consecutive BCS bowl victory.
A year ago, promising experience gave way to a disappointing 2011 for Stanford’s defensive backs. Things couldn’t be more different this preseason.
The No. 21 Stanford football team released its depth chart to open the season on Saturday night with few surprises, other than the confirmation that several freshmen will see playing time on the offensive line.
It’s not often that the sweetest sound on the Stanford campus is that of a screeching fax machine. But that was the story on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, when the Stanford football team signed its best recruiting class in school history
Joshua Garnett, a four-star offensive lineman and the nation’s 33rd-best prospect, committed to Stanford on Thursday.
Stanford’s 2012 recruiting class is shaping up quickly, with three wide receivers joining the mix last week to bring the football team’s commit tally to nine.