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’s been thirty years since “The Play,” the iconic, miraculous kickoff return touchdown that gave Cal an improbable, controversial 25-20 victory over Stanford. Three decades might be a long time, but it’s a play that not many Stanford or Cal fans can forget.
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.
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.
For senior Usua Amanam, lining up in the secondary is a bit dumbfounding in and of itself.
Welcome back to the real world, Stanford football fans. Welcome back to the land of disgustingly tense fourth quarters, missed plays from all stretches of the roster and nearly botched games against 25-point underdogs that shouldn’t even come close to matching up with the Cardinal.
The wait is over
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.