Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Jayson Ademilola (57) celebrates with defensive lineman Justin Ademilola (9) after a sack during the third quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 Notre Dame stomps Stanford in final Playoff audition

Notre Dame did its part to remain in the College Football Playoff discussion Saturday night as Jack Coan threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns to lead the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish past host Stanford 45-14 in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Notre Dame’s seventh straight win, all against unranked opponents, put the Fighting Irish (11-1) in position to possibly move up in the penultimate rankings that will be released Tuesday. One of the five teams ahead of Notre Dame in the current rankings — No. 2 Ohio State — was beaten by fifth-ranked Michigan on Saturday.

The Fighting Irish’s only loss came at home against fourth-ranked Cincinnati in October.

Notre Dame wasted no time seizing the upper hand against Stanford (3-9, 2-7 Pac-12), driving 74 yards in five plays for a touchdown just 5:21 into the game. Coan connected with Braden Lenzy from 16 yards out for the score.

The Fighting Irish made it a rout before halftime, with Coan throwing 2 yards to George Takacs for a score and Kyren Williams running 1 yard for another, bookending a 36-yard field goal by Jonathan Doerer.

Down 24-0 at the half and seeking to end a six-game losing streak, Stanford got on the scoreboard on a 5-yard run by Austin Jones in the second minute of the third period. Jonathan McGill’s interception and 23-yard return to the Notre Dame 13 set up the score.

Two plays after Stanford’s score, however, Coan found Kevin Austin Jr. for a 61-yard completion to the Stanford 2, setting up the quarterback’s own 1-yard plunge for a 31-7 lead.

Stanford’s other TD came on a 49-yard Tanner McKee hook-up with Benjamin Yurosek with 11:44 to play. The score came in between two Notre Dame rushing scores, one from Tyler Buchner from 33 yards and the other by Williams from 12 yards with 58 seconds left.

Coan’s 300-yard game was his second of the season. He threw for a season-best 366 yards and four TDs in the season opener at Florida State.

Austin was the game’s leading receiver with six catches for 125 yards, while Michael Mayer hauled in nine balls for 105 for the Irish.

Williams finished with a game-high 74 rushing yards on 19 carries and Buchner added 56 on three carries — each player outgaining the Cardinal (55 yards on 22 carries) single-handedly.

McKee went 20-for-25 for 172 yards and the one score. He did not throw an interception.

Yurosek totaled 87 yards on five catches for Stanford, which was outgained 509-227.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly leads players onto the field before the game against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 Notre Dame cautious of upset potential vs. rival Stanford

Stanford will attempt to end its season by denying No. 6 Notre Dame an opportunity to reach the College Football Playoff when the host Cardinal bid to upset the Fighting Irish on Saturday night.

Coming off a 41-11 drubbing at home in its annual Big Game against rival California, the Cardinal (3-8) will be seeking a seventh win over a ranked Notre Dame team in the 35th edition of the rivalry.

Stanford was in a similar situation, albeit it as the 13th-ranked team in the country, when it knocked the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish out of the national championship picture with a 38-36 win on the Cardinal’s field in 2015.

Surely, a Stanford upset would be a much more surprising outcome six years later, with Notre Dame (10-1) possibly a win away from landing one of the four coveted spots in the playoff.

Notre Dame’s chances of moving up from sixth are equally dependent upon at least two teams ahead of it losing, and that’s assured before season’s end.

No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan also duel on Saturday eight hours before Notre Dame-Stanford. Then, next week, No. 1 Georgia and No. 3 Alabama are set to meet in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

The Notre Dame game plan remains the same — win convincingly and let the chips fall where they may.

Senior cornerback TaRiq Bracy, who grew up just east of Stanford in Milpitas, Calif., is fully aware of the Cardinal’s history against Notre Dame and the significance of what a season-ending headline-grabber would mean to the Stanford program.

“I’ve got a bunch of family and friends texting me excited,” Bracy said. “You have to take each week as a new opponent and a new challenge. You know I have the utmost respect for Stanford and I’m just getting ready to play.”

Notre Dame has solidified its position in the playoff chase with six straight wins, the last three by 34-6, 28-3 and 55-0 counts.

Stanford, on the other hand, has lost six straight and been on the wrong end of similar scores in its last three outings — losing 52-7, 35-14 and 41-11.

Cardinal coach David Shaw believes Notre Dame is coming to town at just the right time for his team, which could use an injection of energy at the end of a losing season.

“Hopefully the Golden Domers bring out the best in our football team, and for the first time in over a month we see the best of Stanford football,” he noted. “Notre Dame is a rival, and we’ve fared well against them over the last decade-plus. I don’t need to have any rah-rah speeches this week.”

Stanford returned quarterback Tanner McKee from injury last week, and while his 239 yards on 26-for-44 might have looked impressive, it was outweighed by a 2-to-0 interception-to-touchdown ratio.

The Cardinal are already assured of a third consecutive season without a bowl. They had gotten invitations in each of the previous 10 years under Shaw and Jim Harbaugh, winning six of those games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  California Golden Bears wide receiver Nikko Remigio (4) attempts to run past Stanford Cardinal safety Jonathan McGill (2) during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Cal runs up 636 yards in Big Game rout of Stanford

Trevon Clark turned a short pass from Chase Garbers into a rivalry-record, 84-yard touchdown Saturday afternoon as California used big plays to roll past host Stanford 41-11 in the 124th rendition of the Big Game.

Garbers passed for 246 yards and two scores, Christopher Brooks ran 13 times for 131 yards and Clark totaled 135 yards on three receptions in the Pacific-12 Conference affair for the Golden Bears, who won at Stanford for the second time in three years.

Cal ran up a Big Game-record 636 total yards, aided by a non-scoring 75-yard run by Brooks and a 76-yard TD scamper by Marcel Dancy in the third quarter.

The Golden Bears (4-6, 3-4 Pac-12), who remained bowl-eligible with the win, also scored on a 1-yard TD pass from Garbers to Brooks in the first quarter, a 2-yard run by Dancy early in the fourth period, a 5-yard run by Chris Street with 5:00 remaining in the game and Dario Longhetto field goals of 24 and 34 yards.

Dancy just missed a 100-yard rushing game with 92 yards on just four carries.

Garbers finished 17-for-26 with one interception. He also ran seven times for 59 yards.

Cal rushed for 352 yards and had 284 passing.

Tanner McKee passed for 234 yards on 27-for-44 passing with two interceptions for Stanford (3-8, 2-7), which completes its season next week at home against Notre Dame.

Austin Jones had Stanford’s only touchdown on a 1-yard plunge early in the final period after the Cardinal had already fallen behind 27-3. Joshua Karty added a 32-yard field goal for Stanford.

Stanford’s Michael Wilson led all pass-catchers with seven that went for 73 yards. Jones was the Cardinal’s leading rusher with 28 yards on 10 attempts.

Garbers’ record-breaking connection with Clark came 2:53 into the second quarter.

Cal had suffered a fumble and an interception on its first two possessions. But each time, Stanford failed to capitalize on goal-to-go situations, turning the ball over on downs both times as the game remained scoreless.

Despite the loss, Stanford retained a 65-48-11 advantage in the all-time series.

–Field Level Media

November 27, 2020; Berkeley, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal players celebrate with The Stanford Axe after the game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Big Game arrives amid bad seasons for Cal, Stanford

Quarterback Chase Garbers looks for a second career win over rival Stanford when he leads visiting California into the annual Big Game among the San Francisco Bay Area’s two Pac-12 Conference football programs on Saturday afternoon.

The schools, separated by a bridge and just 35 miles, have alternated wins and losses the last three seasons. Stanford held on for a 24-23 victory at Cal last November when the Golden Bears missed a PAT after a touchdown with 58 seconds remaining.

That game pitted Garbers against Stanford’s Davis Mills, who has since graduated to the NFL’s Houston Texans.

The Cardinal’s quarterback situation has become a mess in the 10 games since, with opening-day backup Tanner McKee having quickly seized the starting job, only to come away with an undisclosed injury to his left leg in a home loss to Washington last month.

Jack West, Ari Patu and Dylan Plautz have shared the duties in the last two contests, in which Stanford (3-7, 2-6 Pac-12) was blown out by Utah and Oregon State.

The Cardinal totaled just 94 passing yards with two interceptions in last week’s 35-14 loss at Oregon State.

The good news for Stanford, which enters the Big Game on a five-game losing streak, is that McKee appears ready to return from his two-game absence.

“Having some guys back I think will help a lot this week,” Stanford coach David Shaw said, adding cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly and linebacker Ricky Miezan to the list of potential key returners headed by McKee.

“Right now it’s not about any of the previous games. It’s not about next week. It’s about rivalry week and that’s what these guys are focused on, trying to keep the Axe.”

Cal (3-6, 2-4 Pac-12) has had no such problems at the quarterback position, with Garbers ranking sixth in the Pac-12 in passing yards despite having played one or two fewer games than the five guys ahead of him on the list.

Cal’s contest last week against Southern California had to be rescheduled because of COVID issues among the Golden Bears. Cal was seriously undermanned, including the absence of Garbers, when it lost 10-3 the previous week at Arizona.

Cal offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave expects a big performance from Garbers this week despite the fact he hasn’t played since Oct. 30, when he threw for a season-best three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth in a win over Oregon State.

“I feel like we’re getting better as a coaching staff,” Musgrave said of a relationship he believes has kept his quarterback on an upward trajectory this season. “We’re game-planning better and putting him in better position — everybody, all 11 guys — to be successful.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Tristan Sinclair (8) pushes Oregon State Beavers running back B.J. Baylor (4) out of bounds during the first half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Chance Nolan leads Oregon State to easy win vs. Stanford

Oregon State became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2013 on Saturday, dominating Pacific-12 Conference foe Stanford 35-14 in Corvallis, Ore., behind Chance Nolan’s two passing touchdowns and one rushing score.

The Beavers (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) also got 80 yards and a rushing TD from B.J. Baylor and a 2-yard TD plunge by Jack Colletto en route to snapping a two-game losing streak.

The last time Oregon State went to a bowl game, it was the Hawaii Bowl against Boise State in 2013. The Beavers won that game 38-23 to cap a 7-6 season.

Ari Patu threw for 51 yards and one TD, and Nathaniel Peat scored on an 18-yard run for the Cardinal (3-7, 2-6), which dropped its fifth straight this season and saw an 11-game winning streak against Oregon State end.

The Beavers hadn’t beaten the Cardinal since 38-28 at home in 2009.

Oregon State wasted little time taking charge, driving 75 yards on its first possession for Nolan’s 4-yard TD run.

Colletto made it 14-0 before halftime, and when Nolan connected with Trevon Bradford for a 67-yard TD on the Beavers’ first possession of the second half, the rout was on.

Baylor ran in from 6 yards out late in the third period, and Teagan Quitoriano capped Oregon State’s scoring on a 5-yard connection with Nolan early in the fourth period.

Nolan finished 19-for-25 for 257 yards without an interception. Bradford finished with 80 yards on three catches.

Starting in place of injured Tanner McKee, Patu went 7-for-14 for his 51 yards with one interception. He had attempted just two passes in Stanford’s first nine games.

Benjamin Yurosek got Stanford on the board in the third quarter with an 8-yard TD pass from Patu.

Peat’s TD run capped the game’s scoring with 6:25 remaining.

Isaiah Sanders was the Cardinal’s leading rusher with 37 yards on nine carries, while Michael Wilson was the top pass-catcher with five receptions for 50 yards.

Oregon State outgained Stanford 475 to 230 and committed no turnovers. The Cardinal threw two interceptions and lost one fumble.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan (10) passes the ball in overtime against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford, Oregon State aim to snap skids

Stanford and Oregon State will seek to end losing streaks when Beavers standout back B.J. Baylor gets a shot at the Cardinal’s porous run defense in a Pacific-12 Conference game Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.

Both teams appeared primed to take a shot at the Pac-12 North title after early success, with Stanford beating Southern Cal and Oregon en route to a 2-1 conference start, while Oregon State had a stunning victory over Utah to improve to 3-1.

But things have gone south in a hurry for both teams. Stanford (3-6, 2-5) has lost four in a row, including 52-7 at home against Utah last week, while Oregon State (5-4, 3-3) has dropped two straight.

Technically, the Beavers remain in the Pac-12 North race, but they need help. Wins over Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon would allow them to finish 6-3, creating the possibility they could tie Oregon atop the standings and win a head-to-head tie-breaker.

If Oregon State goes on a late run, it will do so with a new defensive coordinator. The school fired Tim Tibesar on Sunday, replacing him on an interim basis with inside linebackers coach Trent Bray, in the wake of poor defensive efforts in losses to California and Colorado, games in which the Beavers allowed a total of 76 points and 909 yards.

“I felt it was the right time to make a change in our football program,” Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said in an announcement made by the school on Sunday night.

Oregon State has had no such problems offensively of late, especially in the passing game, where Chance Nolan went a combined 35-of-64 for 498 yards and three touchdowns against Cal and Colorado.

The Beavers were at their best earlier when Baylor was running well. He had four straight 100-yard games during Oregon State’s 3-1 conference start, before totaling just 140 yards on 35 carries the past two weeks.

Stanford got run over by Utah’s Tavion Thomas for 177 yards and four TDs in last week’s blowout. The Cardinal gave up 441 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns against the Utes.

“Got to have a lot of discussions on how to stop the run,” Stanford coach David Shaw insisted after the loss. “We missed a ton of tackles. It’s one thing to have gaps run through. But when you miss tackles, that’s why you give up the big, big plays. Inexcusable.”

Stanford played the Utah game without quarterback Tanner McKee, who was sidelined with an undisclosed injury. He remains questionable for the Oregon State game.

The Cardinal’s Jack West, Isaiah Sanders and Ari Patu combined for just 85 passing yards on 23 attempts against Utah.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  Utah Utes running back Tavion Thomas (9) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Utah defense dominates Stanford in 52-7 rout

Linebacker Devin Lloyd capped a brilliant defensive effort with an interception for a touchdown and Tavion Thomas rushed for four scores Friday night as Utah remained in the driver’s seat for a Pac-12 South title with a 52-7 shellacking of host Stanford.

Thomas finished with a career-best 177 yards on 20 carries for the Utes (6-3, 5-1 Pac-12), who now need just two wins in their final three games to earn a spot in the conference championship game.

Thomas scored on 10- and 5-yard runs in the first quarter, then added 58- and 11-yarders in the second as Utah built a 28-0 lead in the game’s first 23 1/2 minutes.

TJ Pledger sprinted 96 yards for a fifth Utah touchdown and Jadon Redding nailed a 29-yard field goal on the last play of the second quarter, sending the Utes into halftime with a 38-0 advantage.

Stanford (3-6, 2-5) played much more competitively in the second half, getting onto the scoreboard on the first drive of the third quarter with a 4-yard run by Isaiah Sanders.

Utah, which was coming off an impressive 44-24 win over UCLA, matched that point total when Lloyd jumped at the line of scrimmage, snatched a Jack West pass and fell into the end zone for a touchdown.

Earlier in the game, Lloyd made five tackles for losses.

Micah Bernard added a sixth rushing TD for the Utes from 11 yards out with 1:48 to play to complete the scoring.

The run pushed Bernard over the 100-yard mark with 110. Pledger finished with 107 on just four carries as Utah rolled up 441 rushing yards and 581 total yards.

Utah quarterback Cameron Rising went 13 of 22 for 140 yards without a touchdown or interception. The Utes lost one fumble but benefitted from two Cardinal turnovers.

Stanford’s West finished 12-for-18 for 59 yards with the one interception. En route to a fourth straight defeat, the Cardinal totaled 167 yards, with E.J. Smith producing a team-high 53 on the ground on seven carries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA;  Utah Utes running back Tavion Thomas (9) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Cameron Rising (7) during the fourth quarter against the UCLA Bruins at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Utah, Stanford head in different directions entering Friday clash

Two teams with vastly different levels of bowl games on their minds hook up Friday night when Pacific-12 Conference South-leading Utah visits the North’s last-place team, Stanford.

Utah (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) took control of its division with a 44-24 home romp over UCLA last Saturday, with Tavion Thomas’ 160 rushing yards and four touchdowns leading the way.

Coupled with an Arizona State loss to Washington State, the Utes’ win gave them a one-game lead in the South, which in essence is a two-game advantage because they also own a head-to-head win over the Sun Devils.

Taking care of business against Stanford, as well as the bottom two teams in the South — Arizona and Colorado — would assure Utah a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game regardless of how it fares against the North leader, Oregon, on Nov. 20.

Despite Stanford’s three-game losing streak, Utes coach Kyle Whittingham has warned his team: Dealing with the Cardinal (3-5, 2-4) on the road won’t be easy for a Utah team that’s failed more often than it has experienced success away from home (1-3) this season.

And the Utes will be heading west one day earlier than usual.

“We’ve got a short week combined with a road trip,” Whittingham noted. “It’s what the schedule says, so we don’t worry or complain about that. We’ve just got to manage it. We’ve got a blueprint for it.”

That blueprint was last put into place when Utah faced Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game on a Friday night in December 2019. On a similarly short rest as they’ll get this week, the Utes were blown out in that game, 37-15.

Of course, they didn’t have Cameron Rising doing anything more than holding a clipboard that season as a redshirt transfer from Texas. After a season-opening shoulder injury, he has started the last five games, leading Utah to four wins while throwing 12 touchdown passes with just two interceptions.

Rising was a freshman at Texas the last time Utah visited Stanford. That went well for the Utes in a 40-21 victory over a Cardinal team that was ranked 14th at the time.

That said, the roles were reversed one year earlier, when Stanford went to Salt Lake City and upset the 20th-ranked Utes 23-20.

The Cardinal need three wins in their last four games to be eligible for a bottom-tier bowl game. They almost had one last week when they led Washington 13-12 before surrendering a 20-yard TD pass with 21 seconds left on their way to a 20-13 loss.

“Honestly (we) played defense good the entire game,” Stanford coach David Shaw observed. “But once again it comes down to two minutes, and we couldn’t get the stop to end the game. That’s how you lose.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Corvallis, Oregon, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Terrell Bynum (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers during the first half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford, Washington shake disappointment to fight for .500

The 2021 season hasn’t gone as Washington or Stanford anticipated.

The programs, which have combined with Oregon to win nine of the past 10 Pacific-12 Conference football championships, close out October on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium and enter the game with identical 3-4 records.

“I want to say we’re better than 3-4, but that’s where we are,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We have to play better to win games. All of our games have been really close. It comes down to a handful of plays in the second half. We’ve got to make the most of our opportunities.”

Stanford lost two games in a row since a 30-24 overtime victory against then-No. 3 Oregon on Oct. 2. The Cardinal suffered a 34-31 defeat at Washington State before a bye last week.

The Huskies are coming off a 21-16 victory at winless Arizona in which they rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit. Terrell Bynum made five receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. Bynum had a pair of 51-yard catches in the fourth quarter, the longest plays from scrimmage by UW this season, to set up touchdowns.

“It’s been an up-and-down down season, but our guys have stayed together,” Huskies coach Jimmy Lake said.

Shaw said he sees similarities between the teams.

“The Huskies don’t have the record they wanted, but they’ve been in a lot of close games, just like us,” Shaw said.

After playing four of their first seven games on the road, the Cardinal play four of the next five at home to close the regular season.

“We knew we were going to have the toughest opening slate in America. We didn’t fare as well as we would’ve liked,” Shaw said. “We got through the first half, learned some lessons and now we’ve got a chance for some home cooking and to sleep in our own beds. Hopefully, we’ll play better in the second half than we did in the first.”

The Huskies have lost their past six trips to Stanford, a fact Lake tried to brush aside.

“So, this is about the 2021 season and the 2021 football team,” he said. “All these other teams in the past that didn’t get it done down there we can’t worry about that. We have to prepare this week to try to come out of there Saturday night with a victory.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) throws the ball during the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford, seeking second straight upset, faces No. 22 ASU

After upsetting then-No. 3 Oregon at home last week, Stanford goes on the road to face another ranked Pac-12 team — No. 22 Arizona State — on Friday night.

The Cardinal (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) visits Tempe, Ariz., fresh off a 31-24 overtime win over the Ducks. The Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0) sit in first place in the conference’s Southern Division following a 42-23 road win over UCLA.

“You don’t always get what you want, like the Rolling Stones say, but sometimes you get what you need,” Stanford coach David Shaw said of the victory over Oregon. “I think we needed that. We needed to be ahead and fight through adversity and find a way to win against a really good football team.”

Stanford lost to visiting UCLA 35-24 the previous week.

Arizona State overpowered the Bruins, although the Cardinal defense allowed similar yards to UCLA as the Sun Devils’ unit. UCLA gained 455 yards against Stanford and 435 against Arizona State.

The biggest difference is Stanford rushed for only 67 yards against the Bruins while Arizona State’s potent running game produced 178 yards vs. UCLA. The Sun Devils’ Rachaad White (nine carries for 69 yards), DeaMonte Trayanum (16-67) and quarterback Jayden Daniels (6-45) were productive on the ground last week.

Daniels, who also completed 13 of 19 pass attempts for 287 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, was selected the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. LaDarius Henderson, the Bruins’ starting left guard, was honored as the Offensive Lineman of the Week.

“At the hotel, I think the guys were dialed in,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said of the win over UCLA. “At meetings, they were dialed in all week, knowing that the opponent we’re playing is a very good football team, and I give them credit.

“I give our staff credit for getting these guys ready to play, and now we’ve got a short week. We can’t celebrate too long. We’ve got a good team in Stanford that just beat Oregon, so we have to get ready to prepare all of a sudden.”

Shaw also voiced concern about the Friday night game, especially with having to travel on Wednesday, limiting preparation time.

“Guys played a lot of snaps (against Oregon), they’ve got to get off their feet,” Shaw said. “They’ve got to rest. (The practice week) will be highly modified for us, slightly physical, mostly mental, and then we’ll have a walkthrough day and we’ll get on a plane.”

Stanford fared better in the running game against Oregon, gaining 124 yards, led by Nathaniel Peat’s 78 yards on 15 carries.

Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 230 yards with three touchdown and no interceptions. He spread the ball to seven receivers out of Stanford’s pro-style set.

“They use a bunch of tight ends, personnel groups,” Edwards said. “They plod their way along and have some explosive receivers.

“Their games are really close. When you get to the fourth quarter, anything can happen. They showed that against Oregon.”

–Field Level Media