All-American tight end Zach Ertz and fellow senior tight end Levine Toilolo both announced on Monday that they would declare for the NFL draft and not be back for their final year of eligibility at Stanford. Their departures, while not entirely unexpected, slightly dampened the excitement generated by classmates and defensive stars Ben Gardner, Shayne…
Pasadena, Calif– While Stanford’s 20-14 win over Wisconsin last night means the Rose Bowl trophy is making its way to back to the Farm at this very moment, the No. 6 Cardinal also carries with it something much less tangible but perhaps more important: national credibility. Playing in three consecutive BCS games and losing just five times in three years will do that for a program. So will having guys by the name of Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck and 11 total players in the last three NFL Drafts.
Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson said he “blacked out” as his 37-yard field goal sailed a few feet inside the left upright. Stanford fans will remember every second of it, as the kick gave the No. 13 Cardinal a stunning 17-14 overtime upset over No. 2 Oregon Saturday night from Autzen Stadium.
Stanford’s football team has arrived at Murder’s Row. Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA, the last three opponents of the regular season, are a combined 15-3 in conference and 23-3 overall. That’s a tiny bit better than Stanford’s previous two opponents, Washington State and Colorado, who had one win combined, and that was only because they had to play each other.
A win is a win, but it certainly was not the way head coach David Shaw drew it up. A 24-point favorite going in to the game, Stanford (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) escaped with an unconvincing 24-17 victory over a scrappy Washington State (2-6, 0-5) team that refused to quit.
No. 17 Stanford took it down to the wire, but stopped Washington State on the goal line on the final drive of the game to keeps its Pac-12 hopes alive with a 24-17 win.
It was an upset for the ages. So much for Matt Barkley’s Heisman hopes. So much for USC’s title aspirations. And so much for Stanford’s supposed decline after the Andrew Luck era. No. 21 Stanford (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) took down mighty No. 2 USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) tonight, gutting it out for an incredible 21-14 upset.
As college football braces itself for the colossal Pac-12 showdown between Stanford and USC tonight, the din of pre-game anticipation has grown to a deafening level. Amidst the noise is the sound of the menacing, steady footsteps of the Men of Troy, gearing for battle and marching their way north to invade the Farm. Make no mistake: The Trojans are coming in full force.