No. 13-Utes ramble past Cardinal 42-7

Stanford safety Jonathan McGill, left, makes an interception as Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) falls during the first half at Salt Lake City on Sat Nov 12, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Cameron Rising threw three touchdown passes, Taylon Thomas ran for 180 yards and two scores, and No. 13 Utah dominated Stanford in a 42-7 Pac-12 football win for the Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

After Stanford (3-7 overall, 1-7 Pac-12) took a 7-0 first quarter lead on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Tanner McKee, it was all Utah (8-2 overall, 6-1 Pac-12), which used a big third quarter to pull away for good.

A 9-yard touchdown pass from Rising to Devaughn Vele tied the game at 7-7 less than two minutes into the second quarter. At 6:49 of the second quarter, Thomas ran for a 4-yard TD, giving the Utes a 14-7 halftime lead. Thomas’ run was set up by a 28-yard, fourth down catch by Vele.

Utah scored three times within seven minutes in the third quarter to put the game away. Rising connected with Thomas Yassmin for a 14-yard touchdown at 9:21, and threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Micah Bernard at 5:58. Rising has 18 touchdown passes this season.

Nate Johnson, a freshman backup quarterback, completed a 16-yard TD pass to Logan Kendall with 2:20 left in the period. It was Johnson’s first career touchdown pass for Utah.

Thomas finished the scoring with 36-yard touchdown run at 9:28 of the fourth quarter.

Rising completed 20 of 33 passes for 219 yards. He was sacked once and threw an interception. Vele caught six passes for 61 yards, and Dalton Kincaid caught four passes for 35 yards.

McKee, who was sacked seven times, threw 23 passes, completing 11 for 155 yards. Mitch Leigber was the Cardinal’s top rusher, with 40 yards on 12 carries. Elijah Higgins caught seven passes for 105 yards.

Next Saturday, the Cardinal travel to Berkeley for the annual Big Game with California. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cardinal face a tough UCLA team this Saturday

Stanford Cardinal safety Jonathan McGill (2) and defensive lineman Jaxson Moi (51) celebrate during second half action against the Arizona State Sun Devils Sat Oct 22, 2022 at Stanford Stadium (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Daniel Dullum:

#1 Stanford Cardinal kicker Joshua Karty who booted a come from behind field goal with 6:28 left against the Arizona State Sun Devils to help the Stanford with a come from behind victory 15-14.

#2 Karty did all the scoring for the Cardinal with five field goals kicking two in the first quarter, one in the third and two more in the fourth quarter.

#3 The win snapped a ten game conference losing streak the last time the Cardinal beat a Pac 12 team was against Oregon 31-24 on Oct 2, 2021 much to the relief head coach David Shaw as Stanford picks up their third win of the season.

#4 Daniel, coach Shaw says that the Cardinal are finding their groove by playing hard and having the ball bouncing their way. The win was the Cardinal’s second straight win.

#5 The UCLA Bruins (6-1) will be the next opponent for the Cardinal in Los Angeles. The Bruins recently had a six game win streak snapped by the Oregon Ducks (6-1) in a 45-30 loss. Talk about how you see this game Saturday at UCLA for Stanford.

Join Daniel for the Cardinal podcasts each week at

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal takes on tough battle with Oregon this Saturday

Cal Bears quarterback Jack Plummer looks for a receiver against the Washington Huskies at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Sat Oct 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 The Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix threw a 14 yard pass to receiver Jalen McMillian for a game winning touchdown last Saturday to help Washington get past the Cal Bears at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley 28-21.

#2 Penix has been rolling he threw his eighth straight 300 yard game against Cal for 374 yards and two touchdowns was this a matter of Penix was just that good or the Cal defense just couldn’t contain Penix.

#3 Meanwhile Cal quarterback Jack Plummer threw well enough to win the game throwing for three second half touchdowns as Cal drops to 3-4.

#4 Cal Receiver J. Michael Sturdivant said that the Bears can beat anybody but last Saturday’s game just got away. Was Sturdivant saying that Cal can beat anybody overstating Cal’s ability to beat any other team or they really are good enough to beat other teams.

#5 Cal’s challenge doesn’t get any easier as they face the rough and ready number eight ranked Oregon Ducks (6-2) who have won six straight games and beat one of the tougher opponents in the Pac 12 last Saturday the UCLA Bruins 45-30 last Saturday. So this gives you an idea how tough Cal’s next game will be at Berkeley.

Join Michael for Cal Bears podcasts Thursdays at

Stanford Upsets Fighting Irish 16-14; Win ends Cardinal 3 game skid

Stanford Cardinal cornerback Ethan Bonner (13) is thrilled after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sat Oct 15, 2022 at Notre Dame (@GoStanford photo)

By Barbara Mason

Last Saturday Stanford (2-4) dropped a heart- breaker in the final seconds of their game against Oregon State 28-27. Fast forward and the Cardinal were facing (3-3) Notre Dame in South Bend on a chilly Saturday night.

The Fighting Irish are coming off three wins in a row, most recently beating BYU 28-20. The Cardinal held on Saturday night at Notre Dame for a 16-14 squeaker to pick up their second win of the season and snapped the Fighting Irish’s winning streak.

The passing and rushing excellence that we saw from Notre Dame last week was nowhere to be found in the first half of this game. The struggling Cardinal started strong in the first quarter. Casey Filkins rushed for two yards to give Stanford an early 7-0 lead. Stanford would finish off the first half with a 45 yard Joshua Karty field goal taking a 10-0 lead into the locker room at half time.

The Stanford Cardinal would extend their lead in the third quarter with a second Karty field goal, this one a 43-yard kick and a 13-0 Stanford lead.

The expected Notre Dame domination in this game was absent in the first half but came to life in the third quarter when an Audric Estime ten yard romp gave the Fighting Irish their first touchdown of the game.

Notre Dame still trailed 13-7 but with a lot of time left on the clock there was a real shift in momentum. With time running out in the third quarter the Cardinal went on 4th and 2 and failed. Stanford was 0-2 on fourth downs.

The Notre Dame offense was wearing the Cardinal defense down going into the fourth quarter. The Fighting Irish would start the quarter with a 41- yard touchdown from Drew Pyne to Tobias Merryweather to give Notre Dame their first lead of the game 14-13. After 2 1/2 lackluster quarters Notre Dame had turned this game around.

The Stanford offense continue to test the Notre Dame defense and Karty kicked his third field goal of the game, this one another 43-yarder taking back the lead for the Cardinal 16-14.

With 6:35 left in the game Notre Dame fumbled and the upset-minded Cardinal recovered. Stanford was able to hang on for the win 16-14. This game had so many highs and lows but it was the Cardinal defense that came up huge.

Next Saturday the Cardinal will take on Arizona State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM.

Stanford Upsets Fighting Irish 16-14

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Can Cal have a chance at a bowl game?

California safety Daniel Scott, right, intercepts a pass intended for Washington State wide receiver Lincoln Victor during the first half at Pullman on Sat Oct 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

Cal/Colorado questions:

While Cal and Colorado were off this past weekend, the other ten teams were in action with USC beating Washington State, and UCLA shocking Utah to stay undefeated at 6-0 atop the Pac-12 standings. Cal sits at (3-2, 1-1) with a bowl game as their goal. Given what’s going on elsewhere in the conference are Cal’s bowl aspirations realistic?

The big news locally last week was the shuttering of KGO Radio and the uncertainty of their new format, which goes into effect this morning. KGO is the flagship radio station of the Cal sports network with all of their football and basketball games broadcast on KGO. No announcement has been made regarding those broadcasts going forward. What happens next with the Cal Bears on the radio?

Colorado interim coach Mike Sanford, new defensive coordinator Gerald Chapman and new offensive coordinator Clay Patterson have a plan to jump start the Buffs. What should Cal expect from the new CU coaching staff?

Colorado is the fifth Power 5 program to change coaches during this season, along with–in order–Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Arizona State and Wisconsin. Can a winless team like CU (0-5, 0-2) have any success in their first game under new leadership? What have the other four teams done their first time out?

What’s Jack Plummer’s status for Saturday against Colorado. Plummer took several big hits a week ago at Washington State and didn’t finish the game. Will he be ready for CU?

Morris Phillips does Cal Bears football podcasts Mondays at

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cardinal hope to end two game losing streak this Saturday as OSU comes calling

Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) was hard to catch for the Stanford Cardinal cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly (17) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sat Oct 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, 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 Daniel, 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 losing 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?

Join Daniel Dullum for the Cardinal podcasts at Thursdays

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Cal looking for a road win; Colorado looking for first win

Cal Bears quarterback Jack Plummer looks for an open receiver during first half action at Pullman on Sat Oct 1, 2022 against the Washington State Cougars (AP News photo)

Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, the Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward had himself an afternoon against the Cal Bears throwing 27-40 for 343 yards for three touchdowns and two interceptions.

#2 Cougars wide receiver Renard Bell caught eight passes for 115 yards and touchdown the Bears had a tough time covering him.

#3 Cal looked for Jaydn Ott to carry them to scoring but the Cougar defense stopped the Bears in the red zone. They held Ott to only 69 yards on 16 carries.

#4 Bears quarterback Jack Plummer fell short he didn’t get any touchdown passes and when he handed off the Cougars came in to stop the run. On the day Plummer threw 23-33 for 273 yards.

#5 The Bears next opponent Colorado Buffaloes (0-5) have problems in their most recent game were crushed by the Arizona Wildcats 43-20. Buffaloes quarterback threw was Owen McCown 14-30 for 186 yards and one touchdown. The Bears who have lost two of their last three games are hoping to pick up their their fourth win of the season how do you see this match up between the Bears and Buffaloes this Saturday in Colorado.

Join Michael for the Cal Bears podcasts heard Thursdays at

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Homecooking puts Golden Bears back in win column; Cal’s Ott runs past Wildcats in Berkeley

Cal Bears Jaydn Ott rushes for a 73 yard carry against the Arizona Wildcats on Sat Sep 24, 2022 at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris after a tough loss at Notre Dame last week the Cal Bears redeemed themselves with a rather convincing win over the Arizona at Cal Berkeley last Saturday 49-31.

#2 Basically the mantra was give the ball to Jaydn Ott and when Cal quarterback Jack Plummer did Ott was off to the races carrying for 274 yards and three touchdowns.

#3 On a second play of the first quarter from scrimmage Ott was so reliable he took the ball and ran for 73 yards. Ott also who appeared to have been stopped on another play turned around and took the ball for an 18 yard carry.

#4 Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said of Ott that he’d seen flashes for a long time and has a lot of ability to take it to the house. Morris do you view this game as a break out game for Ott?

#5 On Sat Oct 1st the Bears head to Pullman to take on the Washington State Cougars. The Cougars got edged by the Oregon Ducks 44-41 before that loss the Cougars had won three straight games. This no doubt will be another big test for coach Wilcox and the Bears.

Join Morris for the Cal Bears podcasts at

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.

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.