The Stanford band ended up on the field all right, but 30 years after “The Play” gave Cal the win and college football one of its most exciting finishes ever, Stanford’s suffocating defense made the 115th Big Game almost anticlimactic with a dominating 21-3 win on Saturday afternoon.
A couple of inches is all that separated Stepfan Taylor from the tying touchdown in overtime, all that separated the Cardinal from 5-1 through the first half of its season and all that will separate Stanford from the college football elite in 2012. No. 17 Stanford (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) gave No. 7 Notre Dame (6-0)…
You just witnessed the best game ever played in the seven-year history of the new Stanford Stadium. And it wouldn’t have happened without the most inspiring performance by a Stanford quarterback since Tavita Pritchard upset No. 2 USC five years ago to the day Saturday.
There are a number of words that can be used to describe the mindset of Stanford football players throughout this week’s practices: focused, awakened and perhaps dissatisfied. But “panicking” isn’t one of them.
Head coach David Shaw can breathe a short sigh of relief—for now, at least.
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.
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.
In its final performance before the 2012 season, the Stanford football team takes to the field at San Francisco’s historic Kezar Stadium on Saturday in its annual Cardinal-White Spring Game. While the season is still six months away, the Stanford coaches are hoping that Saturday’s intrasquad contest will help settle several critical position battles before fall training camp, and provide some continuity for the Cardinal heading into the 2012 season. Naturally, all eyes are on the quarterback competition, where redshirt junior Josh Nunes and sophomore Brett Nottingham have emerged as the leaders to take over Andrew Luck’s job.