Stanford beats Northwestern

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Stanford Cardinal rebounded form the trouncing they took Monday night at the hands of Brigham Young University. The BYU Cougars shredded the Stanford defense and the Cardinal was looking to turn things around Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal did just that as they played a very stout defense and they beat the Northwestern Wildcats 71-58. The Cardinal improved to 2-1 for the season and Northwestern, coached by first year head coach Chris Collins, dropped to 1-1. Collins is the son of former NBA star Doug Collins.

The first half was very close. The half ended with Stanford holding a slim two point lead 29-27.

The Cardinal was paced by center Stefan Nastic who had eight points and Chasson Randle added seven and forward Josh Huestis pitched in with five. The Wildcats were led by Drew Crawford who had thirteen points and four rebounds. Stanford’s Dwight Powell committed two personal fouls early in the first half and was on the bench for the rest of the period.

The second half belonged to Stanford. The Cardinal went on a 6-0 run to take a 41-32 lead with 12:46 left to play. Stanford kept increasing the lead as their defense shut down Northwestern. The Cardinal

continued to play well and had a seventeen point lead halfway through the second half. Northwestern made a run and closed the gap to nine but Stanford put on the pressure and coasted to a 71-58 victory.

The star of the game was Josh Heustis. Heustis, a senior from Great Fall, Montana, scored eighteen points. Anthony Brown had twelve, Stefan Nastic added eleven, while Chasson Randle, who had thirty-three Monday against BYU, was held to fourteen and Dwight Powell, who had twenty-eight Monday,

scored just eight points. JerShon Cobb and Drew Crawford were the stars for Northwestern.

Notes- Stanford plays its first road game of the year Sunday night when the meet Denver University

in Denver. The next home game is next Thursday when they face Texas Southern at 7pm at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford vs USC Preview

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford vs USC Preview

The Stanford Cardinal, coming off an impressive win against previously unbeaten Oregon last week, travel to Los Angeles to face the rejuvenated Trojans of the University of Southern California.

The Trojans had a turbulent start to the season going 3-2 under Lane Kiffin. The Trojans felt they

had enough of Kiffin and fired him in September. Firings usual come at the end of season and

SC must have had it up to their ears with Kiffin to make such a drastic move. This was not Kiffin’s first mid-season firing as the Oakland Raiders dismissed him a few years when the late Al Davis pulled the rug from under him as Raider head coach.

Stanford (8-1)will be looking to beat USC (7-3) for the fifth consecutive time Saturday night.

Stanford coach David Shaw said “ I think we are at that point in the season no where we cannot afford to go up and down. It’s November, and there’s only one way you can play in November and that’s all-out.”

The Trojans appointed Ed Orgeron as the interim head coach and the Trojans have won three in a row and four out of the five. USC creamed Cal last week 62-28 and have their rushing game going as they have 498 yards rushing in the last two games and 988 total yards in those two games.

Cody Kessler is the Trojan quarterback and he sparked the Trojans during the winning streak by completing 74.3 % of his passes for 9.24 yards per attempt with four touchdowns and one interception.

The running game is led by sophomore tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen who has gained 268 yard in 22 caries in the wins over Oregon State and Cal. Other players on the USC team to keep an eye on are

Nelson Aghlor who has returned two punts for touchdowns and Josh Shaw who blocked a punt and returned it 14 yards for the score.

The Cardinal defense stopped the Oregon running game cold last week and will have to do the same against the Trojans. Shayne Skov had eleven tackles for the Cardinal last week and did a tremendous job. Trent Murphy and A.J.Tarpley have been stellar for the Cardinal at linebacker and Henry Anderson’s return at defensive end has been a big boost for the Cardinal. Free safety Ed Reynolds has been named a semi-finalist for the 10th annual Lott IMPACT award for defensive players.

In the last three games the Stanford defense has shut down three very good quarterbacks. The stopped UCLA’s Brett Hundley, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

The offense has done its job,too. The offense is led by quarterback Kevin Hogan who went 18 for 25 and 227 against UCLA but threw only 31 total passes in the games against Oregon State and Oregon.

The reason for that that was Tyler Gaffney’s impressive performance. Gaffney has rushed for 1043 yards so far and is third in the Pac-12. He averages 4.9 yards per carry and has 14 touchdowns to his credit. Gaffney has scored seven times in the past four games and set a team record 45 carries good for 157 yards in the win against Oregon.

There’s a lot at stake for the Cardinal. A win will keep them in contention for a BCS berth. USC wants

to snap the four game losing streak against the Cardinal and will be going all out to achieve that end.

Should be a great game. Don’t miss it.

BYU outruns Stanford lose 112-103

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by Jerry Feitelberg

The Stanford Cardinal met the Cougars of Brigham Young University Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal the Bucknell Bisons last Friday night to start the season 1-0. BYU also got off to a good start defeating Weber State for their first win of the season. BYU is coached by Dave Rose.

Rose is in his ninth season and has an outstanding record of 209-66. BYU players to keep an eye on are Tyler Haws, Kyle Collinsworth and Matt Carlino. Haws scored 28 points and hauled down 13 rebounds in the game against Weber State. Colloinsworth had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Carlino notched 22 points in the win. This is BYU’s first visit to Stanford since 1969.

BYU outran the Stanford Cardinal by a score of 112-103. Reminded me of the Boston Celtics of the ’60s or the Los Angeles Lakers of the ’80s as both teams raced up and down the court. Stanford was

led by Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell. Randle knocked down thirty-three points while Powell added twenty-eight. The Cougars were led by Matt Carlino, who had twenty-six, Tyler Haws’ had thirty-one and had three other players in double digits.

The pace of the game was very uptempo from the start. The Cougars held a slim 15-13

lead with under five minutes played in the half. Matt Carlino had seven points for BYU and the Cardinal’s Chasson Randle also had seven. Both teams continued their fast and furious play but BYU took the lead at the 5 minute mark and the Cardinal could not catch up. BYU had a ten point led with 3:35 left as they went on a 7-0 run. Both teams roared up and down the court but BYU, behind a very large and loud contingent of supporters, finished the first half with an eight point lead 54-46. BYU was led by Kyle Collinsworth who had twelve points and four rebounds. Matt Carlino added seven more while Tyler Haws also added nine for the Cougars. Stanford was led by Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell. Randle had sixteen points and Powell chipped in with twelve.

Both teams played well in the second but BYU pulled away to build a seventeen point lead with 10:45

left in the game. The Cougars have played better defense, run the court faster and out-hustled the Stanford five so far in the second half and now lead 88-70 with 7:20 left in the game. The Cardinal

did not give up and they cut the deficit to ten points but there is just left 2:51 left in the game and it will take a miracle for Stanford to pull out the victory. BYU was just too tough and the Cardinal took it on the chin. Final score 112-103.

Stanford’s next game is Thursday night November 14th at 8pm at Maples Pavilion against Northwestern University.

Number One Ranked Connecticut Hands Stanford First Loss of the Season

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By: Joe Lami

The Stanford Cardinal went into Monday night’s match with a record of 1-0 after the season opener win over Boston College. However, they will not move to 2-0, after a loss to the Huskies by the final score of 76-57.  Stanford went into Storrs looking to knockoff UConn and get their revenge from last season’s embarrassing loss to the Huskies at home.  Stanford also wanted to upset the preseason number one for the second straight year, after last season’s victory over Baylor by two points in Hawaii, but UConn prevented that from coming to reality.

Both teams started the game especially cold, as the first bucket wasn’t knocked down until a minute eighteen into the game by Husky star, Bria Hartley.  Stanford would then answer back just ten seconds later with their first bucket of the night from freshman Kailee Johnson.  This was the last bucket for over five minutes, as both teams struggled from the field, as the next bucket wouldn’t be made until Chiney Ogumike hit her first of the night at the 13:13 mark.  UConn would retake the lead after Saniya Chong came off the bench to knock down a three, but that was short lived as Ogumike would retake the lead for the Cardinal, 6-5 with 12:39 remaining in the first half.  Almost another minute would go by until the next basket was made, this time a three again by Husky guard Chong.  The Husky lead was 8-6 with just under 12 minutes to go in the half.  The lead wouldn’t be changed again, as Connecticut didn’t look back on their way to victory.

For Stanford, Amber Orrange led the way with 22 points, Ogumike followed with 16.  It was another strong showing for the pre-season All-American Ogumike, as she recorded another double-double with 13 rebounds, ten of those coming in the first half.

Connecticut spread the ball around really well with 3 players scoring more than ten points, and another three recording nine points.

The difference makers in Monday night’s contest came in a couple of different ways, all of them, favoring the Huskies.  The biggest came in the way of bench points as the UConn bench out scored the Stanford bench 27-12.  Connecticut also had only ten turnovers compared to the Cardinal 16. UConn out scored Stanford at the foul line 19-12 and hit four more three-pointers than the girls from Palo Alto.  The Huskies were also really strong inside the paint as they blocked a total of eight shots, six of them coming from Kiah Stokes, who came off of the bench and added ten points as well.

There was however, a big scare for the Huskies as one of their star players in Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis hit the ground hard fighting for a rebound landing awkwardly on her right arm.  Gampel Pavilion went silent, with the shrieks of Mosqueda-Lewis.  She was eventually able to get out and walk off of the floor, but she was favoring her right elbow.  The Huskies didn’t let what looked like a serious injury get to their heads, as they were able to get right back to the game.

The schedule won’t get any easier for the Huskies, as they travel to Maryland to take on the number eight ranked Terrapins.

For the Cardinal, they suffer their first loss since they were eliminated from the NCAA tournament in March and their first regular season loss since January 13, as the Cal Bears knocked them off at Maples 67-55.  The record moves to 1-1 on the season, as they return home to Maples this Friday where they host the Cal Poly Mustangs.

Michelle Richardson on the NCAA

by Michelle Richardson

Texas A&M 51 vs. Mississippi 41 : Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns, but he also had three interceptions and that’s something he didn’t do last year, he didn’t throw picks much. So I don’t know if that’s an advisement on him as a quarterback or his receivers and his communications between him and his receivers.

Manziel he didn’t have any picks last year he still is playing great that’s something that can turn when it comes to his performance. He’s not that guy he’s really smart with the ball, Still a great game last Saturday more so than Texas A&M playing great the fact that Mississippi stayed in over the past two years their recruiting got better.

It’s really starting to challenge other SCC teams that have talent but other teams are starting to come up you got a Texas A&M team and although Mississippi State isn’t ranked they’re 1-5 and 1-4 in the SCC but their just playing better ball. They’re being more competitive, so I can’t wait to see what happens in the future of the ACC and what’s going to happen.

Florida St 59 vs. Wake Forrest 3: I love Florida State and I was a Florida State alum and they haven’t been a champion in a long time. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is really giving Florida State something to be excited about but you have to take into consideration Winston is a really great quarterback but please understand he’s a great quarterback because he has some great players on the bench that are really making great catches for Florida State.

The defense is really, really doing their thing, Wake Forrest had seven turnovers and that reminds how Florida State went down to Clemson part of that was because Winston was managing the game and he was smart. That’s because the Florida defense made their move they went in there and they cleaned house. They cleaned house they let them know they were going to hit and hurt Wake Forrest and they made them cough up a ball.

You have to take a lesson from Winston he’s definitely the man as far as the Heisman Trophy is concerned, traditional Florida State was fantastic what can you say. This game was just a bludgeoning and they took it to Wake Forrest the fact they even got three points I’m surprised. For Florida State 21 points in the first quarter, 21 in the second, ten in the third, and seven in the fourth.

Charleston Classic basketball Nov 21st: I’m so excited about being able to cover the Charleston Classic starting November 21st, in this series you have Nebraska, UMass, New Mexico, Georgia, Davidson, Temple, Clemson, this match is going to be chalked full of talent. I haven’t seen Temple play in years. It’s going to be an interesting group of teams, you want to be the blazers of UAB.

UAB kills dragons, they are dragons, they know how to kill a dragon. UMass, Clemson this is all the beginning of the year, Georgia is there, this is going to be great, this is going to be a good way to start the season. New Mexico is in the top 25, they at number 23 this will be a good chance for them, Nebraska their the big kid on the block now in the Big Ten.

Nebraska got to go up against teams like Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio State, who are perennial in the top 25 of NCAA basketball. In football it’s just as difficult, in basketball they got to deal with the likes of an Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Kentucky, this is going to be a great tournament I look forward to seeing everybody a lot of new faces out there and a lot of old faces out there from some of my former alums.

One thing guaranteed it’s going to be a great time.

 

Michelle Richardson does commentary on the NCAA each week

Stanford Women’s Hoops gets the Win to Start the Season

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By: Joe Lami

The Cardinal took to the road to start the 2013-2014 campaign, and they start it with a victory, beating the Boston College Eagles by the final score of 83-70.

The Cardinal were led by non other than their pre-season All American center Chiney Ogwumike scoring 30 points and picking up 14 rebounds.  Stanford also had some amazing help from Junior point guard Amber Orrange who scored 19, dished 10 assist and was just one rebound away from accumulating the triple-double.  Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to score 15, with nine of those coming from beyond the three-point line.

Boston College was led by their senior forward, Kristen Doherty, who scored 16 points. Right behind her and coming off the bench putting up15 points was Shayra Brown.  Stanford dominated the boards, out rebounding the Eagles 44-26 with the offensive battle going in Stanford favor as well 17-11.  Though Stanford did lose the turnover battle by four, they were still able to squeak out the 13-point victory.

This win, for the Cardinal, brings coach Tara VanDerveer, to win number 895, just five away of the prestigious 900 mark.  She would become just the fifth coach in women basketball to do so as well, joining the ranks of legendary coaches Pat Summit and Jody Conradt.

Up next for the Cardinal is what very well could be their toughest challenge of the entire season, as they travel to Storrs, Connecticut , to go up against the number one team in the country, UConn.  Stanford will look for its’ revenge after last season’s 61-35 embarrassing loss against the Huskies breaking its 82 home game winning streak.  The game is on Monday, November 11, and can be found on ESPN 2 as a national broadcast.  Tip-off is set for 4pm.

Johnny Dawkins

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins

Well fans, another college basketball season is upon us. The goal of every team in the Pac-12 and Division I is to make it to the NCAA tournament in March. Everyone knows that there is nothing like “March Madness.” 65 or 66 teams make it to the tournament and fans love to see if their team can advance to the Sweet Sixteen round and then the Elite Eight and , hopefully, to the Final Four.

Other teams that don’t make the NCAAs may be invited to the NIT but it’s not the same as the NCAA

Tournament.

The head basketball coach of the Stanford Cardinal is Johnny Dawkins. Dawkins is starting his sixth season as head man of the basketball program. Johnny is in charge of the program and he is determined to win it all this year. What do we know about Johnny. We know that Johnny had a great college career and played 9 years in the NBA. Where did Johnny get his start? Let’s take a look at his basketball history and what has he done with the Stanford program? Johnny is a native of Washington, DC and went to Duke University to play basketball. At Duke, Johnny was part of three NCAA tournament teams and was captain of the Blue Devils his senior year. Johnny also set many records while at Duke. Dawkins then played nine seasons in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs,

Philadelphia 76’ers and Detroit Pistons. When Johnny retired form NBA play, Duke University retired his number and he was inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Since being Stanford’s head coach , Johnny’s team are 94-74 and were NIT Champions in the 2011-2012 season. Johnny’s team this year enters the season with high expectations as they have all their starters returning except for one. Aaron Bright, Chasson Randle, Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis

are all veterans and they will be ably supported by center Stefan Nastic, forward Anthony Brown Robbie Lemons, and freshman Grant Verhoeven. Also in the mix will be senior John Gage who has made so many critical three pointers over his college career.

The Cardinal opened the season Friday night against Bucknell. Let’s hope that Stanford will go all the way to the Final Fours and then see what happens then.

Stanford beats Oregon 26-20

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford beats Oregon 26-20

The Stanford Cardinal dominated play for most of the game. The defense held Oregon in check while the offense controlled the ball for most of the game. Oregon looked like a defeated time but came to life in the fourth quarter. The Ducks scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They recovered an onside kick and the big play of the night for Oregon was when they blocked a field goal and Oregon

capitalized to bring them within six points of the lead. It was definitely nail-biting time at Stanford Stadium but the Cardinal held on for the win. The game smmary follows below.

The Ducks took the opening drive from the 18 yard line down to the 48 yard line of the Ducks . A false start cost the Ducks a 3rd and short yardage and they were forced to punt. The Cardinal went three and out on their first series of downs. The Cardinal punted but the Ducks returned the ball to the Cardinal 28 yard line. Good field position for Oregon. Mariota made a great pass down to the 7th yard line. First and goal for the Ducks. Stanford’s defense held at the four yard line and Oregon decided to go for it but

Mariota’s pass was incomplete and Stanford took over on downs. So far Stanford’s defense has stopped the Oregon running game forcing the Ducks to go to the passing game and Mariota’s passes have been hurried.

Stanford scored the first touchdown of the game with 2:36 left in the first period. Stanford took the ball over on downs at their own four yard line and took the ball 96 yards for the score. The key play was a 47 yard pass from Kevin Hogan to Michael Rector. The Cardinal had a first down at the 12 yard line.

Tyler Gaffney carried it to the two yard line then scored on the next play. Stanford had the ball for over six minutes. The Cardinal had the ball for 8:53 and Oregon had it for 6:07 in the first period. Stanford leads 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Cardinal took a 14-0 lead with 11:26 left in the second quarter. The key play on the drive was a pass interference call on the Ducks that put the ball on the Duck 16 yard line. Gaffney took it to the eleven and quarterback Kevin Hogan ran it in to the end zone for the score.

Stanford’s defense stopped the Ducks on the Stanford 2 yard line. The Ducks started the drive on their own 18 yard line end drove the ball down the field. Mariota completed a pass to Bralon Addison on fourth down to move the ball to the Cardinal 11 yard line. On the next play Mariota completed a pass to De’Anthony Thomas but he fumbled the ball and Shayne Skov came up with the ball for Stanford at

the 2 yard line. Stanford drove the ball all the way down the field from their own two yard to the Duck two yard line with 11 seconds left in the first half. Stanford tried two passes but the clock expired but Oregon committed a defensive penalty and since the half can’t end on a defensive penalty Stanford had one more chance to score. The ball was on the one yard line but the Cardinal decided to go for a field goal. The kick was good and Stanford led 17-0 at the half Stanford dominated play in the first half racking up 15 first downs to Oregon’s seven. The Cardinal converted eight out of ten third down plays and had the ball for almost 21 minutes compared to Oregon’s nine.

The Cardinal returned the ball 57 yards on the kickoff to the Duck 37 to start the third quarter. The drive stalled at the Duck 17 yard line and kicker Jordan Williamson made a 34 yard field goal to put Stanford up 20-0 with 12:34 left to play in the third period. The Ducks were driving, trying desperately to score, but Stanford’s defense came up big forcing Marcus Mariota to scramble and forced a turnover at the Cardinal 28 yard line. The Cardinal drove 64 yards and held the ball for 7 minutes and 33 seconds. The drive was stalled by an offensive penalty so Jordan Williamson was called o to make a field goal. Williamson converted and Stanford led 23-0 with just 1:31 left to play in the third period. Stanfordheld Oregon to three and out and the Cardinal has the ball with excellent field position with 1:07 left. The period ends with Stanford leading 23-0 and they have the ball on the Duck 21 yard line to start the fourth quarter.

The drive stalled at the eight yard and Stanford was called for a five yard penalty. No problem. Williamson kicked his fourth field goal of the night to give the Cardinal a 26-0 lead with 11:40 left to play in the game. Oregon got on the board with 10:11 left to play. The Ducks’ De’Anthony Thomas took the ball back to the 40 yard line on the kickoff and then the Ducks went went 60 yards in five plays. Stanford leads 26-7 but Stanford has the keep the Duck offense in check if they want to win the game. The Ducks tried an onside kick but Stanford recovered and had the ball at the Duck 48 yard line. Kevin Hogan converted a huge third down play to give Stanford a big first down at the 37 yard line. Stanford took the ball to the 23 yard line. Williamson’s field goal attempt was blocked by Oregon and returned for a touchdown.

Oregon failed to convert the two point play and now trail Stanford 26-13 with 5:08 to play and Oregon has just one time out remaining. Oregon tried another onside kick and this time they recovered but were penalized 15 yards due to a personal foul. The momentum has definitely shifted in favor of Oregon.

Mariota connected with Chance Allen at the one yard line. Oregon had it at third and one but the Cardinal defense forced a fumble by Mariota and they lost eleven yards. Oregon recovered and Mariota threw a touchdown pass to tight end Pharaoh Brown. The extra point was good and Oregon now trailed by just six points 26-20 with 2:12 left in the game. The Ducks tried another onside kick but Stanford recovered the ball this time. Stanford ran out the clock and won the game 26-20. It was the second year in a row that Stanford has beaten the vaunted Oregon Ducks.

Game notes- Stanford rushed the ball 66 times for 274 yards while Oregon managed just 62 yards on 24 carries. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota completed 20 passes on 34 attempts for 250 yards while Stanford’s Kevin Hogan completed just 7 passes on 13 attempts. Stanford was 14 for 21 on third down conversions while Oregon converted just three times on ten attempts. The big story of the game was time of possession. Stanford controlled the ball for 42 minutes and 34 seconds compared to Oregon’s seventeen minutes and 26 seconds. Tyler Gaffney carried the ball 45 times and broke Toby Gearhart’s school record.

Stanford improves to 8-1 overall and 6-1 inCalifornia Trojans.

the Pac-12. Oregon is also 8-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Stanford travels to Los Angeles on November 16th to face the University of Southern

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Stanford vs Oregon preview

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford vs Oregon State

Well fans, the biggest game of the year in the Pac-12 is upon us. The Stanford Cardinal football team has a record of 7-1 and will be facing the high-powered offense of the Oregon Ducks who are undefeated with a record of 8-0. The Ducks are ranked second in the nation and will be looking to

get revenge for losing to the Cardinal last year. The Stanford Cardinal went to to Eugene and upset the Ducks 17-14. The Cardinal then played UCLA for the Pac-12 crown and went on to the Rose Bowl

and beat Wisconsin. If the Ducks win Thursday evening, they will be favored to be Pac-12 champs

and perhaps play for the BCS crown this year.

The Cardinal lost tight end Zach Ertz and running back Stepfan Taylor to graduation and the

Cardinal offense , while good, still has to grind out the yardage. The Ducks , on the other hand, move the ball up and down the field and it will take a strong defensive effort by the Cardinal to stop them.

The Cardinal uses a gap plugging 3-4 defense and they are very physical. The defensive line will be bolstered by the return of big Henry Anderson and place kicker Jordan Williamson will be returning after recovering from an injury. The Cardinal has to stop Heisman Trophy candidate, Marcus Mariota in order to win. That will be a tall order but the Cardinal has stopped UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Oregon State’s Sean Mannion.

The game is sold out and game time is at 6pm PT at Stanford Stadium. The gNation will be watching two teams from the Pac-12 ranked in the top ten. Don’t miss it.

Stanford vs Oregon Preview: Game Of The Year

Stanford-vs-Oregon1by Jerry Feitelberg

Well fans, this is the game of the year in not only the Pac-12 north division but the entire Pac-12 and , perhaps, the nation.

Stanford will be playing the the high-flying Oregon Ducks on Thursday November 7th at Stanford Stadium at 6pm The Ducks are ranked #2 nationally with a 8-0 record. Stanford has a record is 7-1 i and is ranked at # 5. The game is sold out but there may be some single seats available

Oregon will be looking to avenge the 17-14 loss they suffered to the Cardinal last year at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The Ducks never lose at home but they did last year and Stanford, not Oregon, went to the Rose Bowl. The Ducks are loaded again. They are led by first year head coach Mark Helrich. Chip Kelly,who built Oregon into a national powerhouse, fled to the NFL and is in the process of rebuilding the Philadelphia Eagle franchise. Helrich has the Ducks playing at an extremely high level again this year. Oregon has scored 34 points or more in 34 consecutive games. The lone exception was the loss to Stanford last year. Handling the chores at quarterback is Marcus Mariota, who is a sophomore. Mariota has been named a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Club’s Award for Collegiate Player of the year. Mariota runs an offense that is second nationally in scoring and in total offense averaging 632 yards per game. That, folks, is absolutely off the charts. Mariota also has completed sixty-four percent of his passes.

The Stanford defense will be sorely tested. Defensive end Ben Gardner has been sidelined for the rest of the season with an arm injury. Stanford’s strength on defense has been the pass rush. Stanford ranks third nationally with 27 sacks and Gardner was second on the team with 4.5 sacks behind Trent Murphy’s 9.5. Murphy, by the way, was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. In the game against Oregon State, Murphy recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks. Logged 8 tackles, 2 quarterback hurries and blocked an extra point. It was the second times this season that Murphy has won the award.

It should be interesting to see how Stanford’s great defense, albeit riddled with injury, can stand up to the offensive onslaught that will be coming there way on November 7th. The Cardinal shut down Oregon State’s Shawn Mannion last week and limited OSU to just 12 points. The Cardinal offense is going to have to get their game going in order to beat the Ducks.

While Gardner is lost for the year, the Cardinal has Senior Henry Anderson returning from injury and Anderson will be at defensive end for the Cardinal.

There is no doubt about it. This should be one of the great games of the year. The winner may be in the BCS championship game. The eyes of the nation will be watching for sure.