Fresh off a National Championship season the Stanford Cardinal wouldn't have to wait long to be tested in the 2017 season. Ole Miss, another national power was making a visit to Palo Alto for a #1 vs #3 matchup. The Rebels elected to receive to begin the game and had their drive halted and were forced to punt. Stanford would make their way down the field and score off of a 33 yd draw ran in by Senior HB Anthony Manson. On Ole Miss' next drive, Bryan Huff would throw his first INT as MLB Jeff Austin played his zone perfectly. Stanford would take advantage of the turnover and Manson ran it in the endzone from 3 yards out for his 2nd TD of the game to make the score 14-0. Ole Miss would finally get on the board shortly thereafter as Josh Turner took a toss play 72 yards untouched. After a series of stops by each defense, Ole Miss would tie the game up when Turner ran in a 4 yd TD and the score at the half was 14-14. The Cardinal got the ball to begin the 2nd half and would score on a desparation heave by Joey Robison to Keith Whitaker in the middle of two defenders. Whitaker somehow managed to come down with the ball and run it the rest the of way for a 60 yd TD putting the score at 21-14. On the Rebels next possession Huff would throw a pick to LB Stevie Jackson putting Stanford in position to score again but Matt Morris would intercept Robison in the endzone to end that threat. Ole Miss seemed to be on the verge of tying the game up as they drove 90 yards down the field to the Stanford 5 yard line. On 3rd and goal, Huff would throw probably the most important pick of the game when CB Andrew Baker would cut in front of the Rebel receiver and run it in 101 yds for a touchdown extending the Stanford lead to 28-14. Huff would throw a couple more picks after this play and Stanford would add a 3rd rushing TD by Anthony Manson. When the clock hit 0:00 Stanford would come away with a 38-17 victory. The Cardinal D would intercept Huff six times as he struggled going 8-21 for a total of 103 yds. SS Brian Cannon and CB Andrew Baker each had 2 INTs. Anthony Manson led the way on offense with 80 yds on 9 carries and 3 TD. Next week the Cardinal welcome #2 Nebraska in a rematch of the 2016 National Championship game.