Cardinal hold off stubborn Army

By Daniel Dullum

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Army was a 30-point underdog in Saturday’s non-conference football contest against visiting Stanford. The undefeated, No. 5-ranked Cardinal eventually prevailed at West Point, N.Y., after a difficult first half.

After taking a seven-point lead into halftime, Stanford asserted itself in the second half and defeated the Black Knights 34-20. Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns and Tyler Gaffney added two touchdowns plus 132 rushing yards.

Army (1-2), decades removed from its day as a college football power, was looking for its first win over a ranked team since defeating Air Force 17-14 on Nov. 4, 1972.

A 23-yard touchdown pass from Hogan to Gaffney extended Stanford’s lead to 27-13 late in the third quarter.

Ty Montgomery caught six passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, while Hogan finished the day 11 of 18 for 188 yards for the Cardinal (2-0).

Army quarterback A.J. Schurr completed four of five passes for 25 yards and one touchdown. Terry Baggett led the Black Knights with 96 rushing yards on nine carries. Raymond Maples and Larry Dixon, two of Army’s top running backs, were injured during the game and played little.

The momentum shifted to Stanford for good in the third quarter. Army, trailing 20-13 and looking to tie the score, lost the ball when quarterback Angel Santiago made a bad third-down handoff after driving into Cardinal territory. James Vaughters recovered the fumble for Stanford, setting up Gaffney’s TD catch.

In the fourth quarter, Army gambled on fourth-and-1, failing to pick up a first down inside its own 30. The Cardinal then put the game away on Gaffney’s 1-yard touichdown run.

Next Saturday, the Cardinal kick off their 2013 Pac-12 season by hosting Arizona State. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. 628x471

Stanford vs Army Preview

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Stanford Cardinal football team will be playing the Army Black Knights at Michie Stadium located at the U.S. Military Academy located at West Point, New York. Kickoff will be at 9am Pacific.

The Cardinal is coming off a win over San Jose State last Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.

The Cardinal led on offense by Kevin Hogan, Ty Gaffner and Ty Montgomery will be facing an Army team that has started the season 1-1. The Black Knights beat Morgan State in their opener but lost to Ball State last week.

The Army Team is coached by Rich Ellerson who is now in his fifth year as head coach.  Ellerson loves to use the triple option and the Black Knights led the nation in rushing last year averaging nearly 370 yards per game. The Cardinal’s stout defense should be up to the task as they are led on defense by Shayne Skov, A.J. Tarply and Ed Reynolds. Under Ellerson’s tutelage, Army had it’s first winning season since 1996 in 2010. The Black Knights played In the Bell Helicopter Armed Services Bowl and won 16-14. The record that year was 7-6.  However, Army’s record the last two years is just 5-19.

Army does have a Bay Area product playing for them Chris Carnegie from East Oakland will be the starting cornerback.

Army has been playing intercollegiate football for many years. Their best years came when the were coached by the legendary Earl “Red” Blaik. Blaik coached the team from 1941 to 1958 and had a record of 121-33-10. His most famous players were Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. The two players were known as “Mister Inside” and  “Mister Outside”. Pete Dawkins starred for the Black Knights in the 50’s and Dawkins went on to a successful military career. Back in those days, Army would play Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium to sell out crowds and the games would draw national attention.

In the early days of television, the Army-Navy game was always a must. However, the service academies are no longer in the top 25 rated teams anymore.  Many reasons for that but the main reason is that players that have pro potential do not want to commit 5 more years of military service after graduation as their skills would probably erode and they would not make it in the NFL.

Stanford should be favored but the game is on the road and the football can take funny bounces. Stanford’s coach David Shaw will have his players ready.