Who Will Be Going to the Rose Bowl?

by Jerry Feitelberg

Who will Represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl?

The championship of the Pac-12 will be decided Saturday afternoon at 4:45pm. The game will be played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, the home of Arizona State University. Both the Cardinal and the Sun Devils have identical season records of 10-2. ASU , even though they lost to Stanford in the third game of the season had the better record in conference play and thereby gained the right to host the Pac-12 championship game.ASU’s was 8-1 in conference play and their only loss came at the hands of Stanford. Stanford, on the other hand had a 7-2 record and both losses came on the road. The Cardinal fell to Utah and USC.

Should be an interesting game. Stanford really creamed ASU earlier in the season by a score of 42-28 and the game wasn’t really that close. Stanford controlled every facet of the game before ASU scored three touchdowns late in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand.. ASU coach Todd Graham “apologized to the players for not having them ready.” Rest assure that Coach Graham will have his troops ready for Saturday’s game. It will be a home game and the fans will be the 12th man on the field for the Sun Devils.

ASU’s offense is led by Taylor Kelly. In he first game against Stanford, Kelly threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Jaelen Strong caught 12 passes for 168 yards. Notre Dame and Stanford beat ASU early in the season and the Sun Devils have been on a roll having won seven straight games.

Stanford will be led by quarterback Kevin Hogan as well as running backs Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson. TY Montgomery is the ace of the receiving corps. The Cardinal’s defense has been outstanding all season long. They shut down three top quarterbacks so far this season. The Qbs at UCLA,Oregon State and Oregon all know what the Stanford defense can do. So it’s up the front three

and the great linebackers, Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy and A.J.Tarpley plus the outstanding corners

and safeties, especially Ed Reynolds to shut down the ASU offense.

The Cardinal players had a great time last year at the Rose Bowl. They want to go back again and

Coach David Shaw will have his troops ready for the game. Should be a war out there Saturday. Don’t miss it.

Stanford beats Houston in Brooklyn

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford beats Houston in Brooklyn

The Stanford Cardinal traveled all the way across the country to meet the Houston Cougars in the second round of the Progressive Legends semi-final game of the tournament in Brooklyn at the Barclay Center. The winner of the game will meet the University of Pittsburgh for the title Tuesday night. Prior to the game, Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins said that he is “happy the way way we run the offense” and that Houston is “ a well-coached team and that they they use a lot of multiple defenses.” The first half of the game was

even after 20 minutes of play but the Cardinal owned the second half and beat Houston 86-76.

The play in the first half was very fast but scoring was at a premium. Houston had a two point lead with 10:30 left in the half but both teams started to score in the second half of the first period.

Houston went on a 15-4 run to take a 28-19 lead but the Cardinal came back with a 9-0 run of their own and the score was at 32 at the end of the first half. Anthony Brown was the scoring leader for Stanford with 11 points and Houston’s TaShawn Thomas put in 10 for the Cougars and had 11 rebounds.

Houston scored 13 points on turnovers while the best Stanford could get was just 3 on Houston mistakes.

Stanford came to life in the second half. Led by Dwight Powell, Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic, The Cardinal was able to take a 10 point lead with7:50 left to play in the game. Houston went to an full court press but Stanford met the challenge. Houston did creep to within seven as Stanford was in foul trouble early in the second half. Houston made eleven free throws in a row to get back in the game but Anthony Brown made a big bucket with just 1:56 left in the game. Houston kept fouling Stanford but it was not enough as the Cardinal won the game 86-76.

Game notes- Stanford is now 5-1 for the season while Houston ,with the loss, drops to 5-1.

Stanford Forward, Josh Huestis, also had a strong game for the Cardinal as he was in double digits in scoring and rebounding. Huestis is also the front runner for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year., Huestis is averaging 11.2 and 7.8 rebounds per game and is hoping to be the first Cardinal to average a double-double- since Curtis Borchard in 2001-2002.

It was the fourth meeting ever between the two teams and with the win Stanford and Houston each have two wins.

Stanford Rolls Over Texas Southern

Anthony Brown

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford rolls over Texas Southern

The Stanford Cardinal won their fourth game of the year to start the Progressive Legends Classic by beating the Texas Southern Tigers by a score of 97-71. The game was close for the first half but the Cardinal blew the Tigers away in the second half. Below is a summary of the format of the Legends Tournament and the game.

Progressive Legends Classic Format
Stanford is participating in the seventh annual Progressive Legends Classic, which gets underway with Stanford, Houston, Pittsburgh and Texas Tech hosting regional round games this week. The eight-team event, which also includes Howard, Lehigh, South Dakota State and Texas Southern, will be aired on the ESPN family of networks and wraps up next week with the championship rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following Thursday’s meeting against Texas Southern, Stanford will face Houston (Mon., Nov. 26) and either Pittsburgh or Texas Tech (Tue., Nov. 27) at the Barclays Center. The Cardinal will then host South Dakota State (Sun., Dec. 1) at Maples Pavilion in a regional round contest.

The Stanford Cardinal played the visiting Tigers of Texas Southern University Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. Texas Southern is located in Houston and has about 10,000 undergraduates. The Tigers came into the game with a record of 2 wins against 3 losses and all three losses have been on the road.

Stanford,looking to improve to 4-1 for the season, played a very fast uptempo first half against Texas Southern. The Tigers are led by their 6ft 10 inch center Aaric Murray who is averaging over 20 points per game. The Cardinal took a 51-44 lead at halftime. Anthony Brown led the Cardinal with 15 points

and he had great support from Josh Huestis, Dwight Powell and Aaron Bright. Bright,Powell and Huestis all had 9 points each. The Tigers were led by Murray and Jose Rodriguez. These two accounted for 28 points. Stanford shot 51.4% from the floor with Texas Southern shot just 40%. Rebounds were even at 20 apiece.

In the second half, Stanford’s defense shut down the Tiger offense. Stanford pulled away to lead by 26 points with 8 minutes left in the half. The Tigers’ Aaric Murray and Jose Rodriguez were held to just 8 points total between them up to this point. The Cardinal offense was led by Anthony Brown and the Cardinal had four other players in double figures. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins pulled all his key players with about five minutes left in the game but TSU could not mount a charge and they lost their fourth straight game. TSU’s Aaric Murray had 28 points in a losing effort and Jose Rodriguez added 24 for the Tigers.

Second game of the Classic will be Monday night against the University of Houston.

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

 (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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.

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 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.

Preview of Stanford vs UCLA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Preview of UCLA vs. Stanford

The Stanford Cardinal (5-0,3-1Pac12) ranked 13th nationally after losing to the University of Utah last Saturday will be meeting the 9th ranked UCLA Bruins(5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) at Stanford Stadium at 12:30pm. The Cardinal, still smarting from their loss to the unranked University of Utah Utes will be

looking to get back on the winning track again but the Bruins are loaded and will be gunning to avenge the two losses they sustained last year against Stanford.

The Bruins are coming off a big win last week in Pasadena as they trounced the California Bears 37-10.

The Bruin offense is led by Sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley. Hundley threw for 410 yards last week and that was the third most ever by a UCLA quarterback. So far this year, Hundley has completed 109 passes for 1469 yards and 12 touchdowns. His main receivers are Shaquelle Evans and Devin Fuller. Evans has caught 20 passes for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns while Fuller has 22 receptions good for 165 yards and two Tds. The Bruins main rushing threat is Jordon Jones who has rushed for 469 yards this year averaging 6.3 yards per card and he has scored five touchdowns.

The Bruin defense is led by All-American Linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr is a monster on the field and loves to sack the quarterback. Other players of note on defense are senior defensive end Keenan Graham and Freshman Eddie Vanderdoes. Myles Jack is a monster-in -training at linebacker.

The weakness of the Bruin defense was expected to be the secondary but they had a six-interception game at Utah and they are feeling very good about themselves.

Stanford ‘s offense is led by quarterback Kevin Hogan. Hogan has completed 82 passes this year good for 1178 yards and has 12 touchdowns to his credit. He has been intercepted 4 times. Running back Tyler Gaffney has rushed for 570 yards and has scored seven touchdowns. Hogan’s main receiving targets are Ty Montgomery who had 31 receptions good for 514 yards and five scores and Devon Cajuste has made 14 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns.

The Stanford defense was a little banged up last week against Utah. Nose Tackle David Parry was injured. Parry started the game but was ineffective. The Cardinal gave up 181 yards rushing as a result.

The Cardinal will need A.J.Tarpley, Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy to be on the top of their game in order to stop the high-powered UCLA offense.

Should be a great game between two old rivals. UCLA leads the series 45-36-3. The Bruins have won six of the last twelve meetings but the Cardinal has won the last five.

The Cardinal’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as the play Oregon State at Corvallis on October 26th and then meet the powerful Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7th.

Stanford vs. Utah Preview

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Stanford Cardinal (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) meets the University of Utah Utes (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12)

on Saturday October 12th at 3pm PT at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Saturday’s game marks the first time that Stanford will play Utah as a Pac-12 opponent. This will be the sixth meeting of the teams in a series that dates back to 1902. Stanford leads 3-2 so far. The last meeting was in 1996 and Stanford came up on the short end of the score losing 17-10.

The Cardinal is still ranked #5 nationally and has the second best winning streak (13 games) behind Ohio State’s 18 consecutive wins with schools in the FBS program.

Stanford narrowly edged Washington last week while Utah lost to #11 ranked UCLA. UCLA and

Stanford meet next week at Stanford. The Utes are coached by Kyle Whittingham and is in his ninth season as head coach and has a record of 74-43. The Utes offense is led by quarterback Travis Wilson.

Wilson was 22-44 for 228 yards against the Bruins but he was intercepted six times. His main targets are receivers Sean Fitzgerald and Dres Anderson. The running game features Kelvin York, Bubba Pool and Lucky Radley.

The Cardinal will again be led by Kevin Hogan, who is undefeated since taking over as quarterback last

year. Ty Gaffney is the Cardinal’s leading rusher. Wide Receiver, Ty Montgomery, who leads the Cardinal with 23 receptions and five touchdowns has been added to the Maxwell Award Watch list.

Last week Montgomery returned a kick-off for 99 yards. He also had a touchdown and a 68-yard kickoff return in the third period. He amassed 290 all-purpose yards and set a school record with 204 kickoff return yards.

The defense has been strong all year. The linebackers have been led bu Shayne Skov and A.J.Tarpley. Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro has been added to the Chuck Bednarik Award List. The Award

is given by the Maxwell Club on December 12th. Mauro had seven tackles in then Army game. Six of them were solo tackles. Mauro had a sack and an interception against Arizona State. So far this season he has 17 tackles with four for a loss of 29 yards including three sacks.

Utah Leads the Pac-12 in fewest fumbles lost(1) and is tied for the Pac-12 lead with Stanford in red zone offense(.944) and ranks first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation with sacks per game(3.6).

The Utah kicking game is outstanding. Placekicker Andy Phillips is perfect through five game making all nine of his attempts and has not missed an extra point. Punter Tom Hackett is tied for the Pac-12

lead in punt return average(44.0), punts inside the 20(11) and punts of 50+ yards(7).

The Cardinal is favored to win but playing on the road in a new venue is never easy. The Utes

appear able to score once the get into the red zone and Stanford’s defense will be tested.

Hogan and company are battle tested and should be able to break down Utah”s defense.

The Cardinal cannot look ahead to the showdown with UCLA. Stanford coach David Shaw will see to it that his team will be ready.