by Jerry Feitelberg
The Stanford Cardinal opened their 2014 football season going against the UC Davis Aggies. The Cardinal kicked off to the Aggies, The Aggies could do nothing as the Cardinal totally dominated the game and blew out the Aggie 45-0. The Cardinal dominated all facets of the game. Offense was clicking, defense was fantastic and special teams came up big time for Stanford. The Aggies never entered Stanford territory.
Stanford took an early7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Cardinal kicked off to the Aggies from UC Davis. The Stanford defense asserted themselves and forced the Aggies to kick after a three and out. The Aggies punted to Ty Montgomery who took the ball on his own forty yard line and took it to the house for the score, Williamson kicked the extra point. The score came with just 2:53 played. Stanford continued its dominance on defense forcing the Aggies to punt again. Stanford went on 12 play 67 yard drive to make it a 14-0 game. Kevin Hogan made key completions to Ty Montgomery and Francis Owusu. Hogan scored the TD from the one yard line and the extra point was good. 14-0 Cardinal at the end of one quarter of play.
Stanford kept the pressure on pinning the Aggies down deep in their own territory. The Aggies punted
but it ended up on their own 40 yard line. On the very first play from scrimmage, Kevin Hogan found wide receiver Michael Rector on about the five yard line and Rector took it in for the score. Kick was good and the Cardinal now has a 21-0 lead with 9:10 left in the half.
The Cardinal again kept the Aggies deep in their own end again forcing them to punt. The Cardinal got the ball on their own 46 yard yard. Hogan connected with Christian McCaffrey who was wide open and McCaffrey ran it nto the end zone for the touchdown. The Cardinal now has a commanding 28-0 lead.
Ty Montgomery scored his second touchdown of the game with 1:19 left in the half. It was a 44 yard
pass play for the score and it was a 77 yard drive. The Aggies took the ensuing kickoff to the 23rd yard line but they fumbled the ball and Stanford recovered on the 36. The Cardinal ran the ball down to the 15 yard line. Jordan Williamson kicked a 32 yard field goal to end the half with Stanford holding a 38-0
lead against the game but overmatched UC Davis Aggie team.
Stats for the first half. Stanford had 274 yards total offense. Hogan threw for 204 yards and had one interception. UCD quarterback London Lacy had a miserable first half . He went six for eleven good for 23 yards and just 58 yards total offense for the Aggies.
Kevin Hogan started the second half but he was replaced by Evan Crower with 11:51 left in the third period. Crower drove the Cardinal to the 20 yard line but the drive stalled. Willimson attempted a 37 yard field goal but the kick was no good. There was no scoring in the third quarter. The big plays of the quarter came when Noor Davis intercepted a London Lacy pass on the Aggie 17 yard line but the Cardinal fumbled on the next play and the aggies recovered on the two yard line. The Cardinal held the ball for 9:19 minutes in the period. Just 15 minutes left in the game and we can all go home.
In the fourth quarter, the big play so far was a 41 yard punt return by Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey initially fumbled but recovered to race down to the Aggie 13 yrd yard line. On the very first play of the drive, Evan Crower hit tight end Austin Hooper for the touchdown . The extra point is good and the Cardinal now lead 45-0 with 8:22 left in the game. Stanford has inserted second and third string players on defense at this point in the game. Ryans Burns is in at quarterback relacing Evan Crower.
On his first play, Burns ran 20 yards for a first down but could no more and the Cardinal had to punt.
Final score Stanford wins 45-0.
After the game, Ty Montgomery answered a question this way. We saw you line up in a lot of different positions, field punts for the first time. How much fun is it to get all over the field and show off your versatility a little bit?
TY MONTGOMERY:It’s fun to be out there, be able to play.I enjoy stepping on the field no matter what position I’m in, just playing with these guys on the team.
Q.Is it different or what would you say was the difference between returning punts and returning kickoffs?
TY MONTGOMERY: The only difference in my mind is you don’t have the ability to fair catch a kickoff return. But it’s the same thing, ten guys block, find the seam and hit it.
Kevin Hogan said this about the offense” I thought they did a good job. All their calls were great and their protection was good. I think the only time I got sacked was I was holding the ball too long and they had good coverage downfield.
But as a whole, they were great.Great with their protection. Great with their running game I thought they gelled well. And I think that they’re still hungry. And I know they can get better. But today I thought they did a good job.”
Attendence was 49,509. Stanford meets the University of Southern California here at Stanford Stadium at 12:30pm.