Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal try to get the taste of Duck out of their mouths get set for Beavers

Stanford safety Kendall Williamson (21), defensive end David Bailey (23) and linebacker Jacob Mangum-Farrar (14) give chase to Oregon Ducks wide receiver Chase Cota (23) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sat Oct 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, You knew the way the Stanford Cardinal (1-3) were playing it was going to be a rough go for Stanford when they went into the confines at Autzen Stadium in Eugene when the Cardinal got landslided 45-27 by the Oregon Ducks (4-1).

#2 For Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee it was not the afternoon that it was cracked up to be throwing 166 yards, 19-33, and two touchdowns it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Ducks.

#3 Michael, rough first half for the Cardinal defense as the Ducks opened up the first quarter with ten points and closing out the half in the second quarter with 21 points.

#4 Ducks quarterback Bo Nix went 16-29 for 161 yards for two touchdowns. Nix was able to run the ball and that was one of the factors that kept the Cardinal defense off last Saturday.

#5 The Cardinal host the Oregon State Beavers (3-2) this Sat Oct 8th. The Beavers have lost two straight games after winning three in a row. The Beavers dropped their last game last Saturday getting trounced by the Utah Utes 42-16. How do you see the Beavers and Cardinal match up this Saturday at Stanford Stadium?

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13th-ranked Ducks rout Stanford 45-27

The looks on the Stanford Cardinal sideline says it all as the Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix takes a keeper for long yardage. Nix wound up with four touchdowns on the day to defeat Stanford at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sat Oct 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

Sun Oct 2, 2022 

By Daniel Dullum

No. 13-Oregon built a four-touchdown lead in the first half and proceeded to rout Stanford 45-27 in Pac-12 football at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

The Ducks (3-1) were led by quarterback Bo Nix, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Nix also ran six times for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Bucky Irving ran 10 times for 97 yards.

Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee completed 19 of 33 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions, but was also sacked three times. Casey Filkins ran 19 times for 80 yards and caught three passes for 59 yards and a TD. Elijah Higgins caught six passes for 44 yards and a touchdown for Stanford (1-2).

Oregon opened the scoring at 10:43 of the first quarter with a 38-yard field goal by Camden Lewis. With 16 seconds left in the opening period, Chase Cota snared a 49-yard touchdown pass from Nix to build the Ducks’ lead to 10-0.

A 23-yard field goal by Joshua Karty put the Cardinal on the board with 8:23 remaining in the second quarter. Oregon responded with three touchdowns in a four-minute span to close out the first half.

At 4:34 of the second quarter, Nix found Troy Franklin for a 10-yard TD pass, then, after a Cardinal turnover, Nix ran in from four yards out 11 seconds later. Benjamin Yurosek caught a pass for no gain and fumbled at the Cardinal 25. Noah Sewell recovered the fumble and returned it 21 yards to set up Nix’s score.

Thirteen seconds before halftime, Jordan James scored on a 1-yard plunge, giving the Ducks a 31-3 lead at the intermission.

The Cardinal tried to battle back in the second half. A 42-yard scoring pass from McKee to Filkins cut the Stanford deficit to 31-10. Forty-seven seconds later, Nix ran for an 80-yard touchdown, increasing the Ducks’ lead to 38-10. McKee connected with Elijah Higgins for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 2:52 left in the third quarter, cutting Oregon’s lead to 38-17 after three periods.

Oregon opened the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by Sean Dollars. At 5:12 of the fourth, Karty booted a 53-yard field goal, and Stanford scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ari Patu to Mudia Reuben with 1:17 left to close out the scoring.

Next week, the Cardinal host Oregon State at Stanford Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Loss of EJ how much will it cost; Can McKee get protection from his line this Saturday at Oregon?

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee was running for daylight all day long against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle Sat Sep 24, 2022. He was sacked eight times by the Washington defense. (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael it wasn’t even close last Saturday at the Washington Huskies made work of the Stanford Cardinal (1-2) 40-22 at Husky Stadium in Washington.

#2 Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr 22-37 for 309 yards. Penix didn’t throw for a touchdown but yet there was a lot of offense by the Huskies.

#3 Huskies running back Wayne Taulapapa rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown and Will Nixon with only 4 carries and 21 yards scored one touchdown.

#4 Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee didn’t get much protection getting sacked eight times and the Huskies forced two fumbles was it a matter of McKee just couldn’t get away from the Huskies’ blitz package or the Cardinal offensive line just couldn’t stop the Huskies pass rush?

#5 What are some of things McKee will be looking at as the Cardinal prepare for the Oregon Ducks (3-1) in Eugene this Saturday an 8:00pm PDT.

Join Michael Roberson for the Cardinal podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Washington punishes Stanford 40-22

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) tries to bet a pass away while under pressure by the Washington Huskies Daniel Heimuli (right) at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Sat Sep 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

Washington Punishes Stanford 40-22

By Barbara Mason

Saturday evening the Stanford Cardinal (1-2) took on the Washington Huskies (4-0). The Huskies are coming off an impressive win over Michigan State and were looking to go 4-0 against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a bye week and tried to win their first Pac-12 contest this season. Stanford lost their Pac-12 opener to USC.

The Cardinal have struggled the past few seasons and they were looking for quarterback Tanner McKee to provide some explosive offense and unfortunately for Stanford they will be missing running back E.J. Smith to injury. Casey Filkins will step in to the starting running back position in the absence of Smith.

The Huskies presented a real challenge in this game. Washington came in the game third in the nation in passing success and are 17th in finishing drives. They are succeeded through the air. Their offense is electric but their defense struggles at times. As Washington came away with that successful victory 40-22 at Husky Stadium in Seattle to hand Stanford it’s second straight loss.

Game recap: The Huskies got up on the board in the first quarter. Will Nixon scampered for three yards and a touchdown leading early 7-0. Stanford was conducting a nice drive deep into Husky territory when a Tanner McKee pass was intercepted on the Washington 17.

The Huskies were unable to convert the interception into seven points but Peyton Henry kicked a 35 yd field goal extending their lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter. The Washington defense came to play sacking McKee six times, number six coming at 9:08 in the quarter.

Stanford’s offensive woes continued in the second quarter when Tanner McKee fumbled at 6:45 recovered by Stanf Faatui Tuitele. The Huskies Wayne Taulapapa would convert that recovery into a touchdown rushing for 34 yards and Washington had 10 points off those two turnovers. The Huskies led 17-0.

Stanford finally got something going driving into Husky territory with five minutes left in the first half. Tanner McKee got this offense moving in the right direction. McKee found Michael Wilson for 23 yards and a Cardinal touchdown; Stanford finally up on the board 17-7.

With 30 seconds left in the half the Cardinal were pinned deep in Oregon territory and very nearly gave up a safety operating from the 3 yard line. McKee was able to avoid the safety but had to leave the game with an ankle issue. It had been a rocky first half for Stanford.

In the third quarter Washington began to pull away. Henry kicked a 47 yard field goal early in the quarter and Husky quarterback Michael Penix Jr, completed a 30 yd pass to Rome Odunze extending their lead 27-7.

Stanford had a nice drive going in the third but failed to convert a 4th and 1 and the Huskies were back in business. Washington kicked a 32 yard field goal and the Huskies were putting this game away 30-7.

Stanford was able to score in the fourth quarter. McKee found John Humphrys for 17 yards, the touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. Washington led 30-15 with 13:58 left in the game.

Stanford had only been able to stop the Huskies once in this game. Washington’s Henry kicked another field goal this one a 26 yard field goal and the Cardinals now trailed 33-15. It was now a three possession game.

Tanner McKee fumbled with 10:45 left in the final quarter and Stanford had their third turnover in this game. The Huskies took that turnover to an eventual touchdown putting this game out of Stanford’s reach. Penix Jr. completed a 21 yard pass to Giles Jackson for a 40-15 Washington lead.

A McKee pass to Michael Wilson for 78 yards and a touchdown was Stanford’s last hurrah, too little too late. The final was 40-22.

McKee finished with 3 touchdowns and 286 passing yards. Michael Wilson had 176 receiving yards and Casey Filkins had 100 rushing yards.

The Huskies punished Stanford quarterback McKee with eight sacks in this game and the Cardinal were outplayed offensively and defensively. The Huskies kept their perfect record intact while Stanford dropped to1-2. Stanford takes on another very touch opponent next Saturday, #15th ranked Oregon. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal hoping to rebound at UW after tough loss to USC

The USC Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) takes off on a 22 yard run against the Stanford Cardinal in first half action at Stanford Stadium on Sat Sep 10, 2022. The Cardinal had a bye last week Sat Sep 17, 2022 and head for Husky Stadium in Seattle for a battle with the Washington Huskies on Sat Sep 24, 2022 in week 4 of the NCAA season. (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, USC quarterback Caleb Williams didn’t have any secrets about the winning results against the Stanford Cardinal on Sun 11th as the Trojans defeated the Stanford Cardinal (1-1) big 41-28.

#2 The USC defense looked like they gave Williams all day to throw for 341 yards and four touchdowns.

#3 Williams also threw to wide receiver Jordan Addison twice for touchdowns and the Trojan move into tenth in the college rankings.

#4 Head coach David Shaw said Stanford could have gone into the half with the lead but a turnover nullified that just simply a tough way to lose for Shaw and Stanford.

#5 The Cardinal try it again as they battle the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle this Sunday. The Huskies have been going well (3-0) and won by 11 points defeating Michigan State in their last contest last Saturday 39-28. Can Tanner McKee and the Cardinal get things going this Saturday in Seattle?

Join Michael Roberson for the Stanford Cardinal podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Stanford gets a bye after first two games; Hopes to recover after USC defeat

USC Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams (13) is on the run to avoid Stanford Cardinal defensive end Stephen Herron at Stanford Stadium on Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast:

#1 Michael, it was just too much USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams for the Stanford Cardinal last Saturday. The first half Trojans showed what kind of offense they had with Williams under center.

#2 Williams went 20-27 for 341 yards and four touchdowns no doubt the Cardinal line had trouble trying to figure out how to stop the Trojans.

#3 Two of Williams passes went to receiver Jordan Addison with seven receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinal coverage on Addison was hard to keep up and he got some open looks to help the Trojans score.

#4 Cardinal head coach David Shaw said the Cardinal on defense had just too many bad positions and on offense they could have kept the ball a little longer.

#5 The Cardinal for week 3 will have a bye and will face the Washington Huskies on Sat Sep 24th. The Huskies are grounding and pounding they have won their last two games and left little doubt. The Huskies beat Kent State 45-20 in week 1 and crushed Portland State 52-6. Taking those games into account how do you see Stanford faring against the Huskies.

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal coming off loss will try and pick up the pieces at Washington Sat 24th

USC Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams (13) is on the run to avoid Stanford Cardinal defensive end Stephen Herron at Stanford Stadium on Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast:

#1 Michael, it was just too much USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams for the Stanford Cardinal last Saturday. The first half Trojans showed what kind of offense they had with Williams under center.

#2 Williams went 20-27 for 341 yards and four touchdowns no doubt the Cardinal line had trouble trying to figure out how to stop the Trojans.

#3 Two of Williams passes went to receiver Jordan Addison with seven receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinal coverage on Addison was hard to keep up and he got some open looks to help the Trojans score.

#4 Cardinal head coach David Shaw said the Cardinal on defense had just too many bad positions and on offense they could have kept the ball a little longer.

#5 The Cardinal for week 3 will have a bye and will face the Washington Huskies on Sat Sep 24th. The Huskies are grounding and pounding they have won their last two games and left little doubt. The Huskies beat Kent State 45-20 in week 1 and crushed Portland State 52-6. Taking those games into account how do you see Stanford faring against the Huskies.

Join Michael Roberson for the Stanford Cardinal podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

10th Ranked USC Trojans Attack the Farm and Manhandle Stanford Cardinal in Last Conference Visit 41-28

USC quarterback Caleb Williams (13) runs for some daylight as defensive edge player Stephen Herron (15) gives chase at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto on Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

STANFORD, Calf.–The #10  “Men of Troy” from the University of Southern California did not need a Trojan Horse to invade Stanford Stadium, as they say Goodbye in dominating fashion, 41-28 over the Cardinal in front of a national television audience, 43, 813 fans and a few Stanford sports legends

As in the Cardinal game against Colgate, there was a quick score within the first minutes of play; however, this time it was the now conference foe getting into the endzone.  Stanford’s junior captain quarterback, Tanner McKee, threw an interception to USC’s junior free safety, Max Williams. 

The Trojans turned that gift into a touchdown in less than three minutes of game play, on a five-yard touchdown pass by sophomore sensation, quarterback, Caleb Williams, to freshman tight end, Lake McKee.

Nearly five minute later, Stanford and the Cardinal faithful thought the game was all tied up at 7, but the TD was overturned after review.  After a defensive penalty on Stanford’s field goal attempt, the Cardinal brought the offense back on the field for a fourth down attempt to score a tying touchdown.  That turned into a disastrous scenario, as McKee threw another interception in the endzone.

“So two tipped interceptions, both in scoring position, and then fumbled the ball inside the 5 yard line. I mean, that’s the ballgame. You don’t come back from that against a good football team. You’re taking away 21 points. At the minimum those are two touchdowns inside the 5 yard line and a field goal; at minimum it’s 17 points.”  Said Stanford Head Coach David Shaw.

“Now we could’ve put 17 points on the board in the first half, a different ballgame.  So those are momentum killers, and those are the fastest way to lose a football game is to turn the ball over,” added Shaw.

USC parlayed that miscue into another touchdown pass by their quarterback, this time on a 22-yard connection to junior wide receiver Jordan Addison.

After going down 14-0, still in the first quarter, Stanford gets on the scoreboard, on a 3-yard touchdown pass by McKee to junior running back, E.J. Smith, with less than a minute left in the initial quarter.

That was too much time for the Trojans, as they scored on a 75-yard bomb from Williams to Jordan Addison, for the second time.  After one, 21-7 USC.

The second stanza opened on a downer for the Cardinal, because EJ Williams fumbled nearly three minutes into the quarter, and USC capitalized on this turnover too.  Caleb Williams threw his fourth touchdown, this one to sophomore receiver, Mario Williams.

EJ Smith scampered into the endzone, redeeming himself, and cutting the Trojans lead in half, 28-14.

USC was not finished scoring, when Trojans’ senior running back, Travis Dye, ran into the endzone on a 26-yard carry, with about two and half minutes to go in the half.  After 30 minutes, 35-14 Trojans.

The third quarter had less action, with the only scoring coming from Southern Cal’s freshman place kicker, Denis Lynch, converting 2/3 of his attempts, adding six more points to the Trojans tally.  41-14, USC.

The final fourth of the game, Stanford scored twice (two 2-yard TD’s), by junior Casey Filkins and McKee with a QB sneak.

After the final whistle, the Trojans from the South were the victors, with a 13-point margin over the Cardinal of the North. USC 41, Stanford 28.

Cardinal Running back E.J. Williams didn’t have the explosive game he had last week, but did gain 88 rushing yards and 26 receiving, while scoring a touchdown in each format; however, he fumbled twice in crucial possessions.  QB Tanner McKee threw for 220 yard and scored on a passing TD and rushing TD, but gave the opponent two interceptions.

USC quarterback Caleb Williams dominated the game with gaudy numbers: 341 passing yards and 4 touchdown tosses.  His favorite target was receiver Jordan Addison 8(7) targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns

Stanford has a bye next week, while USC hosts Fresno State.

USC and UCLA will be leaving the PAC 12 for the Big !0, so this marks the last visit for the Trojans on the Farm and/or Stanford Stadium as a member of the Pacific 12 Conference.  A great deal of history was halted today, although they may still meet in non-conference games.

Cardinal greats, such as former quarterback, Andrew Luck, current Women’s basketball coach, Tara VanDerveer and former forward, Nneka Ogwumike were honored during the game.

Luck is going into the College Football Hall of Fame, while Ogwumike and VanDerveer are inducted into Stanford University Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Can McKee get ball to favorite targets against USC defense this Saturday?

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) throws against the Colgate Raiders defense on Sat Sep 3, 2022 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. McKee and the Cardinal take on the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

On Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee threw for two touchdowns to his favorite target wide receiver Michael Wilson as Stanford left no doubt about it with a 41-10 win over the Colgate Raiders last Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

#2 Head coach David Shaw very happy with McKee’s performance saying that’s the reason why he’s team captain and was the team leader even during the off season.

#3 McKee’s had an impressive line against Colgate Saturday throwing 22-27, 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

#4 The Cardinal had the game in hand in the first half, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter and scoring three times in the second quarter coming away with a 28-7 first half lead.

#5 The Cardinal got some great help from running back EJ Smith who ran for 118 yards on 11 carries scoring two touchdowns with the Cardinal hosting the USC Trojans this Sat Sep 11th a 4:30 pm PDT kick off at Stanford Stadium can the Cardinal run on the Trojan defense?

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Stanford Brushes Off Colgate in Home Opener 41-10

Stanford wide receiver Michael Wilson (4) makes a catch to score a touchdown against Colgate defensive back Asauni Allen (7) and defensive back Jackson Price during the second quarter at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto on Sat Sep 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Michael Roberson

STANFORD, Calf. — Stanford (1-0) opened their 2022 season with a bang, by handling visiting Colgate 41-10 on the Farm. Junior running back, E.J. Smith got the party started off immediately (:15) with an 87-yard TD run on the initial play of the Cardinal’s opening drive.

The Cardinal was able to hold on to that early lead for the next 14+ minutes, with the help of Colgate’s place kicker, Spencer Biscoe, as he missed two (33-yd & 45-yd) first quarter field goals, approximately five minutes apart.

As what happened in the initial quarter, a touchdown was scored within the first minute. Stanford sophomore, Casey Filkins muffed a punt, in which Colgate’s sophomore cornerback, Asuani Allen, recovered in the endzone, tying the score at seven, after the obligatory PAT.

The Cardinal ended the half by scoring three consecutive touchdowns in that quarter’s next 14+ minutes. This included another rushing touchdown (1-yd) for Smith, and Junior quarterback, Tanner McKee and Senior wide receiver, Michael Wilson, connected on two touchdown combinations (26-yd & 13-yd).

At the midway point, EJ Smith was over 100 yards rushing and Tanner McKee surpassed 200 yards passing yards. Stanford led 28-7.

The third was pretty uneventful, except for the Raiders’ Biscoe, as he finally connected on a a 25-yard field goal on his third try. Now Colgate was only down by 18.

With the big guns for Stanford on the bench, the Cardinal still managed to get 13 more points on the scoreboard. Casey Filkins made up for his earlier mistake by rushing for a one-yard touchdown, and sophomore quarterback, Ari Patu connected with freshman wide receiver, Mudia Rueben for a seven-yard touchdown, although the extra point was missed by sophomore place kicker, Emmet Kenney.

After 60 minutes of play, Stanford had a 31-point victory over the guest Raiders from New York, 41-10.

Despite the impressive victory, Coach David Shaw wasn’t pleased about the turnovers:

“Yeah, the hard part is both. We emphasize so many things. We talked about taking care of the football. We did not do that tonight.”

E.J, Smith tallied 118 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while Tanner McKee threw for 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Both players only played three quarters.

The Cardinal will next be in action, Saturday, September 10, 2022, as they host the USC Trojans