Washington State edges Stanford 34-31; Cougars get fifth straight win against Cardinal

Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) goes up against Stanford Cardinal defender Stephen Herron (left) during Sat Oct 16, 2021 game at Pullman (AP News photo)

Washington State Edges Stanford 34-31

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Stanford Cardinal (3-4) took on Washington State Cougars (4-3) at Washington State in Pullman. With two similar records to start the game WSU faces a team that has celebrated two upsets this season. The first against USC by the score of 42-28 and the second a stunning win over 9th ranked Oregon 31-24 in overtime. WSU has won it’s last four games against Stanford which included a 49-22 victory the last time they met. WSU continued their winning way with it’s fifth straight win 34-31 in a comeback on Saturday.

WSU has two of the best receivers in the Pac-12, Calvin Jackson Jr. and Travell Harris. These two players rank third and fourth in the conference. Stanford will have to keep both of these players under wraps. The Cardinal defense will have their hands full containing WSU quarterback Jayden de Laura who has been having a banner year.

Stanford came out strong in the first quarter. Quarterback Tanner McKee threw for a 45 yard touchdown to Benjamin Yoroek. Stanford would add a couple of field goals; a 45 yard and 32 yard strike to lead 13-0 at the end of the quarter.

WSU would come roaring back as Jayden de Laura threw three touchdowns in the second quarter. Travell Harris had the first touchdown, a 32 yard pass. De Laura would hit Calvin Jackson Jr. for 31 yards and the third for ten yards to De’Zhaun Stribling. WSU led by the score of 20-13. The Cardinal would block the PAT on the second touchdown. Stanford would kick a 31 yard field goal as the half came to an end. At the half the score was 20-16 in favor of WSU.

WSU had the ball to open the second half. The Stanford defense was able to hold and put the ball back into the hands of their offense. Penalties hurt Stanford on their first drive of the third quarter putting WSU back into the drivers seat. De Laura went right to work driving downfield culminating in a six play drive for 66 yards and their fourth touchdown of the game. The Cougars had extended their lead to 27-16. Stopping De Laura was proving a major challenge for the Stanford defense.

A pass interference called on WSU coupled with some nice play by McKee was huge for Stanford setting them up with a first and goal on the WSU one yard line as the third quarter came to an end.

Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee would rush for the touchdown. The two point conversion was successful and Stanford trailed by a field goal 27-24. McKee was not finished. On Stanford’s next drive he would complete an 8 yard pass to Austin Jones for a touchdown taking the lead 31-27 with 3:42 left in the game. The WSU offense had really cooled letting Stanford back into this game.

Jayden de Laura got back on track in the latter minutes of the fourth quarter and moved his team downfield. Max Borghi rushed for a two yard touchdown giving WSU the lead and the win 34-31. The small window that Stanford had closed completely when McKee fumbled and WSU recovered with 1:30 left on the clock.

It was almost a great finish for the Cardinal but they just could not hold the Cougars at the end.

Next up for Stanford will be the Washington Huskies on Saturday October 30 at Stanford Stadium. The time for kickoff is TBD.

NCAA Football podcast with Michelle Richardson: Georgia crushes Arkansas 37-0 and Stanford shocks Oregon; plus more

Georgia Bulldogs running back Zamir White (3) runs past the Arkansas Razorbacks Jalen Catalon (1) for one of his three touchdowns at Athens Georgia on Sat Oct 2, 2021 (AP News photo)

NCAA Football podcast with Michelle:

#1 Michelle, No.2 Georgia Bulldogs (5-0) continue to roll and got a crushing 37-0 victory over the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1) on Saturday. It was the Razorbacks first defeat of the season and Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett relied mostly on his running backs to score throwing 7-11 for only 72 yards.

#2 Michelle, Stanford Cardinal (3-2) got the best of Oregon Ducks (4-1) on Saturday with a 31-24 overtime win at Stanford Stadium, Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns.

#3 Michelle, talk about ABC Newsman, NFL Fox analyst, and former New York Giant Michael Strahan donating funds to pay for helmets for Texas Southern. Texas Southern broke in the new helmets vs. North American University in Saturday’s game.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Join Michelle Richardson for the NCAA Football podcasts Sundays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal Sunday game wrap: Late free throws by Austin lifts Golden Bears past Cardinal 52-50

apnews.com photo: Stanford guard Daejon Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against California in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Paris Austin sank two free throws with 3.2 seconds to play, giving California a 52-50 Pac-12 men’s basketball victory over Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

Austin led the Golden Bears with 15 points, followed by Matt Bradley with 14, and Kareem South with 13. Cal (9-10 overall, 3-3 Pac-12)

For Stanford, it was the Cardinal’s second straight loss as they dropped from first place in the conference. Oscar da Silva led the Cardinal (15-4, 4-2) with 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Bears trailed by 11 with 12 minutes remaining in the second half before going on a 6 1/2-minute, 17-2 run. During that run, Austin had six points. Before his game-winning free throws, Austin had made one of two at the line and a 3-pointer.

Stanford nearly regained the lead on its final possession. Bryce Wills nearly scored at the buzzer, but his basket was waived off by the officials. A brief review convinced officials to uphold the original call, and Cal had its third straight home win.

It’s the fifth consecutive season that Cal and Stanford split their two games. The Cardinal lost despite holding a 30-18 advantage in scoring in the paint and a slight 33-32 rebounding edge.

This Thursday, Stanford hosts Oregon State at Maples Pavilion, while Cal hosts No. 12 Oregon at Haas Pavilion.

NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Louisville brought down a tough opponent Duke; Trojans topple Stanford 82-78; plus more

courierjournal.com photo: The Louisville Cardinals Quinn Slazinski (11) does the reverse slam as Duke’s Jordan Goldwire (14) could only watch during Saturday’s game in Durham SC

NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson:

#1 Louisville (15-3) got a win over Duke (15-3) on Saturday 79-73. For Louisville four players in double figures David Johnson (19), Dwayne Sutton (13), Malik Williams (12), and Steven Enoch (10)

#2 The USC Trojans (15-3) are nobody’s basketball fool on Sat they defeated the Stanford Cardinal (15-3) 82-78 at USC. The Trojans’ Onyeka Okongwu led in scoring with 22, Jonah Mathews (19), and Elijah Weaver (13).

#3 Houston Cougars (14-4) got a win over the Wichita State Shockers (15-3) 65-54. For the Cougars Fabian White Jr (14), Dejan Jarreau (12) and Marcus Sasser and Quetin Grimes (10).

Michelle’s Final thoughts

Michelle Richardson does the NCAA podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: It’s a Big Deal as Cal wins Big Game 24-20

photo from sfgate.com: California quarterback Chase Garbers (7) passes against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Stanford, Calif.

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 The Cal Bears (6-5) improved their record with their sixth win of the season defeating Big Game rival Stanford (4-7) 24-20 at Stanford Stadium on Saturday. Prior to the game, Cal had lost five of their last six games.

#2 What was key for Cal to stay focused and win the game?

#3 Chase Garbers, the Cal quarterback, ran on a keeper with 1:19 remaining in the game in the fourth quarter scored the winning touchdown.

#4 How tough is it for a team like Cal to go to Stanford and win a game in their place?

#5 Cal heads to UCLA (4-7) next Saturday. Can Chase Garbers and the Bears turn the corner on the Bruins?

Catch the Cal Bears podcasts each Saturday with Morris at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Barbara Mason: Mad, Mad, Mad, March; A’s host Angels; Giants are in San Diego on Thursday

Photo credit: @CalAthletics

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 March Madness is in full tilt: Bears vs. Bears and the Cal women (20-13) lost a tough one at Baylor (33-1) 102-63. It was Cal’s hopes to get this one at Baylor it was too much Baylor who ran off 39 points on Cal. The Lady Bears have had an awesome year.

#2 Duke’s Zion Williamson got a crucial basket on Sunday to help beat Central Florida 77-76 by just that much.

#3 Talk about the Stanford Cardinal women (30-4) and visiting BYU (29-5). This has been another unforgettable season for both teams, who shared identical records before Monday night’s game. Stanford who had the home floor advantage made it pay off with a 72-63 win to advance.

#4 Turning to baseball, the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants concluded their Bay Bridge series to conclude the exhibition season. The A’s will continue their regular season on Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum.

#5 The Giants open their regular season against Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres on Thursday at Petco Park.

Barbara Mason is a freelance sports writer for Area Grande and is filling in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

March Madness podcast with Michelle Richardson: Wolves get the kill zone on Gators 64-49; Zags blast Baylor 83-71; Wildcats’ Reid leads the way in 62-56 win

Photo credit: @MaizenBrew

On the March Madness podcast with Michelle:

#1 Michigan Wolverines got a big win over the Florida Gators 64-49. Jordan Poole led Michigan with 19 points.

#2 Gonzaga Zags got a big win over the Baylor Bears 83-71, Brandon Clarke led the Bears with 36 points.

#3 Wofford stood no chance as Kentucky dominated with a 62-56 win. Former Stanford Cardinal Reid Travis led the Wildcats with 14 points.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Michelle Richardson reviews March Madness at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford falls to UCLA 79-72 in first round of Pac-12 Tournament

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Photo credit: Shawn McCullough, Sports Radio Service

By Shawn McCullough

Stanford shot just 35.5% from the field as the UCLA Bruins beat the Cardinal 79-72 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Cardinal shooting woes continued from their last two games of the regular season in which they shot a combined 40% from the field.

“We’ve shown over the last, I guess, three games a pretty anemic shooting display”, said Stanford head coach Jerod Haase.  “And that was certainly a big part of not making shots and not just threes but around the rim.  And we struggled to score the basketball to that level.”

Senior Josh Sharma led the Cardinal with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Marcus Sheffield came off the bench to add 18.

He’s a heck of a player and a heck of a person”, said Haase about Sharma.  “When I first got the job and wanted to play more minutes, and he was a fantastic ambassador to the program and the university. And this year he flourished.  Always tried to do what I asked him to do and did it at a high level.  And it will mean a lot not just for today but for a long time.”

“Obviously it was a disappointing year, especially the last couple of games”, said Sharma.  “But a lot to do with Coach Haase and the rest of the coaching staff, I think my confidence playing the game and my love for the game has never been greater.  And obviously still disappointed that we lost, and that hurts a lot.”

Stanford trailed the entire game, but rallied late in the second half to cut a 14 point halftime deficit to just seven points at the end of the game.

Sheffield on shots falling late in the game, “I think we just started getting a few stops, our energy increased. And once the shots started falling, they just started falling.  So, yeah, we just tried to compete to the end, really.”

With the loss, the Cardinal fell to 15-16 on the season.

“We’re certainly disappointed”, said Haase on the season.  “At this point, though, we’re probably looking back to the entire year and trying to find some of the positives and understand some of the negatives, as well.”

Game Notes:

  • Stanford is now 17-21 all time in the Pac-12 Tournament
  • Stanford lost to UCLA last season in the Pac-12 Tournament 88-77 in the quarterfinals
  • The Cardinal won their only Pac-12 Tournament championship with a 77-66 win over Washington on March 13, 2004

Utes outlast Cardinal 70-66 in crucial Pac-12 matchup

Photo credit: @StanfordMBB

By: Eric Epstein

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball team hosted the Utah Utes on Thursday night in a crucial Pac-12 matchup. The Cardinal ended up falling to the Utes in Palo Alto for the first time since 1971, with a final score of 70-66.

Utah gained some separation in the crowded Pac-12 with their win as they move up to join the Arizona State Sun Devils for third in the conference. Stanford slides to 2-5 in conference play, where they now occupy the ninth spot in the conference standings.

The first half was played at a blistering pace, with a total of two free throws attempted in the half and with each team attempting close to 30 field goals. Stanford missed their first 5 three-point attempts and finished the half 1-6 from deep. On the other end, Utah closed out the first half with a three-point barrage en route to an incredibly efficient 5-7 clip from downtown. Utah went 7-9 for their last 9 field goal attempts of the half, and freshman forward Timmy Allen’s last-second layup stretched the Utes’ lead to 5 at the half.

Sophomore forward KZ Okpala opened the half off right for the Cardinal, slamming down a thunderous dunk on Stanford’s first second-half possession.

Despite Utah’s hot first-half shooting, they did not attempt a three-point shot until halfway through the second half.

After sophomore guard Daejon Davis hit a mid-range floater with 16:08 left in the game to give Stanford a 1-point lead, the Cardinal held the lead until senior Utah guard Sedrick Barefield got an extremely fortunate bounce on his 3-point attempt to give the Utes the lead with 2:12 remaining. The next possession, Okpala responded with a three-point basket of his own to even the score.

Senior Utah guard Parker Van Dyke finished a tough layup around senior center Josh Sharma to give Utah a 2-point lead with less than a minute left. After that basket, the Cardinal had to play the foul game in attempt to catch up with the Utes. However, Barefield cooly hit all 4 of his free throws down the stretch and Stanford could not make up the deficit.

Okpala led the game in scoring with 22 points on 7-15 shooting, but with a shaky 7-11 free throw performance. Davis, who started the game 0-6 on field goals, turned his night around in the second half and finished with 17 points on 7-16 shooting along with 4 assists and only 2 turnovers.

Sharma, who is very susceptible to getting in foul trouble, did not get into serious foul trouble until the final minute of the game. He ended up seeing the court for 34 minutes and finished with 12 rebounds and 9 points on 3-6 shooting.

Sophomore forward Oscar da Silva, who started the game, did not record a single point on 3 field goal attempts, despite seeing 28 minutes of playing time. Freshman forward Jaden Delaire picked up the offensive slack dropped by da Silva by scoring 7 points on 3-4 shooting.

Utah had three double-digit scorers in Barefield (18), Van Dyke (10), and sophomore forward Donnie Tillman (11). The Utes finished with a very impressive 64.3% of their 3-point shots falling and a respectable 47% general field goal percentage.

Stanford finished with more offensive and defensive rebounds, assists, fast break points, and points in the paint. The Cardinal also blocked Utah 10 times, where Utah did not record a single blocked shot all night. However, Utah’s more efficient scoring made the difference and helped hand the Cardinal their fifth Pac-12 loss of the season.

The Stanford will shift their focus to their eighth Pac-12 game where they will host the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 PM PST.