The Cardinal Chronicles

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  1. BAKEdaSNAKE

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    The Cardinal Chronicles

    In the first game since taking over, Stanford put up a fight for 3 quarters against the #3 ranked team in the country, the USC Trojans. After 1, it was 0-0, and 14-7 at the half. It didnt get ugly until the 4th quarter, where USC capitalized on 2 turnovers and got points out of both of them to make the final score 34-7.

    Stanford relied heavily on the arm of their backup QB, Andrew Marshall, because they are so unhappy with their stable of RB's and feel they have nobody they can rely on consistently. The defense was able to keep up with the Trojans for a bit and contain them, but mistakes by the offense late and short fields, it was just too much to overcome. The total team firepower that the Trojans possessed was just too much to overcome for Stanford to pull anything out on the road.
     
  2. JFunk34

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    Good effort BAKE. A little more talent at Stanford and you'll be making some noise.
     
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    The Cardinal offense came out firing on all cylinders in this game putting up 14 early points in the first quarter and out to a 14-0 lead. Foster was running the ball effectively and Marshall was able to hit his receivers in stride and pick up enough to move the chains. Stanford took a few deep shots downfield but wasnt able to connect on them.

    In the second quarter, things got a little bit slow for Stanford, and the offense couldnt execute. The receivers were dropping passes, I'm guessing the hands just arent the right spot to put the ball these days. With the Cardinal offense sputtering, the Sun Devils were able to get the kinks worked out and take advantage of it by putting their first points of the contest on the board. After another Stanford drive stalled, Arizona State was able to drive down the field again to tie the game up at 14, which was the score going into the half.

    In the locker room at halftime, the Stanford players, especially the receivers, got an earful from their coach. He ripped them about dropping balls. He said "You can hang around with the #3 team in the country for 3 quarters ON THE ROAD, but you cant even put together a consistent effort for 2 quarters against an unranked opponent at home!" The receivers were looking down, but the coach had just the trick for them. As they were walking down the tunnel to come out for the 2nd half, the coach pulled out a thing of stick'em to put on the receivers hands. The players weren't happy about it, but coach said "You were open, you just have to catch the damn ball. Now, we're going to run the same routes and you'll be open again, and now you'll catch it." Junior WR Jake Stewart said "But coach, it looks like i just jacked off an elephant!!"

    Stanford got the ball to start the 2nd half, and coach's speech must have lit a fire under their asses because they drove right down the field, airing it out, and the receivers didnt drop one ball. The defense was able to force a Sun Devil punt, and the offense was at it again, driving down the field to go up 28-14. The Sun Devil offense must take a few possessions to get warmed up, or they like their backs against the wall, because after that, they answered back with a score of their own to make it 28-21. Stanford wasnt able to match them, so the Sun Devils got the ball back only down 7, however this time the Cardinal defense was able to hold them to a field goal, making it 28-24. This would be the score to begin the 4th quarter.

    In the 4th, Stanford scored to start the quarter, but missed the extra point, making it 34-24. Arizona State was driving down the field, and just about in the red zone, when the Cardinal defense forced a fumble and was able to recover. They got the ball back and ran as much time off the clock as they could, but were forced to punt back to Arizona State with a little over a minute and a half left to play. In their 2-minute offense, the Sun Devils were able to drive down the field, and put it in the endzone again to make it 34-31 with 40 seconds left, the missed extra point now coming back to bite Stanford in the ass. The onside kick attempt failed however, and Stanford was able to run the clock out, the final score, Stanford 34, Arizona State 31.
     
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    After the close game against Pac-10 foe Arizona State and a bye week, Stanford was all set to take on the Oregon Ducks at home. The Ducks came into Stanford ranked #12 in the AP Poll, but left Stanford with a loss to the now 4-3 Stanford Cardinal.

    The Stanford defense was able to set the tone early, forcing Oregon to punt on many of the first drives by Oregon. Stanford was able to put 7 points on the board with a 27 yard run by Foster to give them the lead they would not relinquish. The defense of the Cardinal was able to stifle Oregon for most of the game, only allowing 10 points and 223 yards of total offense.

    The Stanford running game got going and was very effective with Foster rushing 13 times for 87 yards and 1 TD. With the running game working so well, Marshall was able to hit some big plays downfield to his receivers to finish the day 11-19 for 211 yards and 2 TD's.

    Stanford is looking to build on this win and continue it throughout the season as they make their bid for a bowl game.
     
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    The Stanford defense stepped up this week to hold Washington State to 21 points, while the offense was able to hang up 35 on them. Andrew Marshall was able to throw the ball all over the field when he wasnt facing constant pressure from the Wazzou defense. They were doing different blitzes and stunts all day long, trying to confuse the Cardinal front 5.

    The Stanford receivers again were plagued by drops, but came through when it mattered most, and were able to get on the same page with QB Marshall for enough catches to hang up 35 points.
     
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    The Stanford Cardinal becomes bowl eligible!!

    With the 13th ranked UCLA Bruins coming to town, Stanford knew the crowd would have to be loud, and they would have to play a great game to get the W, and play a great game they did. The Stanford defense completely dominated the Bruin offense, allowing only 138 total yards, forcing 3 turnovers, and a shutout to boot. The defense was able to force Bruin QB Motley into 2 early INT's in the first half, in which he would never recover from and seemed flustered the rest of the game going 8 of 24 for 134 yards. The Cardinal defense was able to limit the Bruins to only 4 yards on 19 carries.

    The Stanford offense was clicking on all cylinders and had their mojo going early and often. With the defense stepping up, the offense had more chances to put points on the board, and they did not disappoint. Stanford put up 384 total yards of offense led by the arm of redshirt freshman Andrew Marshall who was 17 of 26 for 279 yards and 2 TD's. Foster rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries and 2 TD's. Stanford was able to score 21 points in each half, so it was 21-0 at halftime, and 35-0 to begin the 4th quarter. The only Stanford score in the 4th quarter came off a fumble return down to the 1 yard line, and Kalvin May was able to punch it in from 1 yard out with 4:23 to play, and the Cardinal just ran the clock out from there.

    Final Score, Stanford Cardinal 42, UCLA Bruins 0.

    Player of the Game: Andrew Fields with 10 tackles (4 for loss), 1 sack, 1 INT, and 1 forced fumble
     
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    The Stanford Cardinal went on the road this week to face the Arizona Wildcats. The Wildcats play showed exactly why they only had one win so far this season. The Cats couldnt get in any kind of rhythm on offense and never could get anything going.

    The Cardinal defense today was great and pitched a shutout, not allowing the Wildcats to muster anything all day long. The defense was led by Andrew Fields once again who led the team with 7 tackles, 2 for loss, and 1 sack.

    The Cardinal offense took a couple drives to gel together, but once they all got on the same page, the Wildcat defense wasnt able to contain them at all, except for in the 4th quarter when they were just trying to run the clock out. The offense was led by the arm of Andrew Marshall, going 15-18 for 268 and 2 TD's, who was hitting his targets in stride throughout the day and the legs of Tim Foster who rushed for 113 yards and 3 TD's. WR Daniel Gonzalez did his part as well catching 4 balls for 120 yards and 1 TD.

    The Wildcats were just overmatched in this game, and after moving into the top 25 for the first time this season, the Stanford Cardinal was able to keep it rolling picking up their 5th straight win.
     
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    Stanford beats Cal 30-27, details to come later.
     

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