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Offense bounces back, pushes past defense in open practice

After practicing through the rain during the previous week, the Cardinal football team was finally blessed with clear, warm weather for Saturday’s open practice to kick off the week leading up to the Cardinal and White Spring Game. With the sun came a chance for the offense to redeem itself after being dominated by the defense on Thursday, and redeem itself it did behind the arm of freshman quarterback Ryan Burns and the steadfast downfield running of junior running back Kelsey Young.

Young, three other backs compete to replace Gaffney

Three hundred and thirty carries for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns.

That’s what the Stanford Cardinal will be looking to replace in its running game heading into 2014 with the departure of senior tailback Tyler Gaffney, presumably to the NFL. But don’t think for a second that having to do so is unfamiliar to the Cardinal by any means, given that it has seemingly had this exact problem twice in the last half-decade.

Big Game 2013

The Cardinal maintained its stranglehold on the Stanford Axe for the fourth consecutive year. The 63-13 victory represented both the highest scoring output by a single team and the largest margin of victory in Big Game history. With Oregon’s loss to Arizona earlier in the afternoon, the Cardinal claimed its second consecutive berth in the…

Stanford football struggles to put away Arizona State, but wins 42-28

Though Saturday proved to be a tale of two halves, Stanford made a big statement under the national spotlight after two convincing, but unremarkable, wins to start the season. In front of a sold-out crowd of 50,424 fans at Stanford Stadium, the No. 5 Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) defeated No. 23 Arizona State (2-1, 0-1) 42-28 in its first conference matchup of the season — and the weekend’s only matchup between ranked college football teams.