Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal hoping to rebound at UW after tough loss to USC

The USC Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) takes off on a 22 yard run against the Stanford Cardinal in first half action at Stanford Stadium on Sat Sep 10, 2022. The Cardinal had a bye last week Sat Sep 17, 2022 and head for Husky Stadium in Seattle for a battle with the Washington Huskies on Sat Sep 24, 2022 in week 4 of the NCAA season. (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, USC quarterback Caleb Williams didn’t have any secrets about the winning results against the Stanford Cardinal on Sun 11th as the Trojans defeated the Stanford Cardinal (1-1) big 41-28.

#2 The USC defense looked like they gave Williams all day to throw for 341 yards and four touchdowns.

#3 Williams also threw to wide receiver Jordan Addison twice for touchdowns and the Trojan move into tenth in the college rankings.

#4 Head coach David Shaw said Stanford could have gone into the half with the lead but a turnover nullified that just simply a tough way to lose for Shaw and Stanford.

#5 The Cardinal try it again as they battle the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle this Sunday. The Huskies have been going well (3-0) and won by 11 points defeating Michigan State in their last contest last Saturday 39-28. Can Tanner McKee and the Cardinal get things going this Saturday in Seattle?

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Stanford gets a bye after first two games; Hopes to recover after USC defeat

USC Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams (13) is on the run to avoid Stanford Cardinal defensive end Stephen Herron at Stanford Stadium on Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast:

#1 Michael, it was just too much USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams for the Stanford Cardinal last Saturday. The first half Trojans showed what kind of offense they had with Williams under center.

#2 Williams went 20-27 for 341 yards and four touchdowns no doubt the Cardinal line had trouble trying to figure out how to stop the Trojans.

#3 Two of Williams passes went to receiver Jordan Addison with seven receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinal coverage on Addison was hard to keep up and he got some open looks to help the Trojans score.

#4 Cardinal head coach David Shaw said the Cardinal on defense had just too many bad positions and on offense they could have kept the ball a little longer.

#5 The Cardinal for week 3 will have a bye and will face the Washington Huskies on Sat Sep 24th. The Huskies are grounding and pounding they have won their last two games and left little doubt. The Huskies beat Kent State 45-20 in week 1 and crushed Portland State 52-6. Taking those games into account how do you see Stanford faring against the Huskies.

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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. 

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson: Can McKee get ball to favorite targets against USC defense this Saturday?

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) throws against the Colgate Raiders defense on Sat Sep 3, 2022 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. McKee and the Cardinal take on the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium Sat Sep 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

On Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee threw for two touchdowns to his favorite target wide receiver Michael Wilson as Stanford left no doubt about it with a 41-10 win over the Colgate Raiders last Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

#2 Head coach David Shaw very happy with McKee’s performance saying that’s the reason why he’s team captain and was the team leader even during the off season.

#3 McKee’s had an impressive line against Colgate Saturday throwing 22-27, 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

#4 The Cardinal had the game in hand in the first half, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter and scoring three times in the second quarter coming away with a 28-7 first half lead.

#5 The Cardinal got some great help from running back EJ Smith who ran for 118 yards on 11 carries scoring two touchdowns with the Cardinal hosting the USC Trojans this Sat Sep 11th a 4:30 pm PDT kick off at Stanford Stadium can the Cardinal run on the Trojan defense?

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phllips: Cal tries to break seven game losing streak against Stanford Tuesday night

The USC Trojans Isaiah Mobley shows whose the big man on campus scoring a leading 24 points against the Cal Bears on Sat Jan 29, 2022 at Galen Center in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, the whistles might have been unkind to the USC Trojans (19-3) Isaiah Mobley who led with 24 points but Mobley was unkind to the Cal Bears (9-13) in turn on Saturday night in the Southland as Cal on this seven game losing streak.

#2 The Bears suffered a frustrating 79-72 loss to No. 15 USC as Mobley and Ethan Anderson carried the Trojans in a physical contest that was still up for grabs with two minutes remaining.

#3 The 6’10” Mobley (24 points) and Memphis transfer Boogie Ellis (21 points, five assists) came up with career-best scoring performances.

#4 The Bears in the first half were just behind the Trojans by six points but were close 38-37 in the second half and ending up with a seven point loss 79-72.

#5 Morris the Bears will try to end their seven game losing streak when they head to Stanford on Tuesday night to face the Cardinal (12-8) the Cardinal have been going well winning seven of their last ten games.

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum: Can Cardinal keep it going against UCLA on Saturday?

Stanford forward Harrison Ingram, left, and Southern California guard Boogie Ellis (right) fall and try to get possession of the basketball at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Thu Jan 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1) How big is this win over USC for Stanford, since it’s the second time they’ve beaten them?

2) How does Stanford have the Trojans’ number this season?

3) it was a tight game for most of the second half. What was the key to Stanford’s win?

4) Can the Cardinal carry this momentum into Saturday’s game at UCLA?

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Cardinal complete season sweep of Trojans 64-61

Stanford Cardinal players can’t contain themselves after defeating the USC Trojans as the Trojans Drew Peterson walks off the floor at Galen Center in Los Angeles on Thu Jan 27, 2022

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Stanford completed its first season sweep of No. 15-ranked Southern California in seven years on Thursday, as the Cardinal held on for a 64-61 victory in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Galen Center in Los Angeles.

The win also improved the Cardinal’s record against Quad 1 teams to 4-3.

Jaiden Delaire led the Cardinal (12-6 overall, 5-3 Pac-12) with 14 points, followed by Harrison Ingram with 12 and Spencer Jones with 10. James Keefe pulled down six rebounds, and Ingram had five assists.

USC (16-3, 6-3) was led in scoring by Drew Peterson with 14 points, with Boogie Ellis adding 11 points. Peterson and Isaiah Mobley each had seven rebounds, as the Trojans had a 27-26 rebounding edge.

The contest was tied at 50-all nearly midway through the second half. Reese Dixon-Waters sank a 22-foot 3-pointer to give the Trojans a 53-50 lead at 9:53. Brandon Angel’s layup on Stanford’s next possession pulled the Cardinal to within 53-52.

A Cardinal turnover led to a Chevez Goodwin basket at 8:44 that increased USC’s lead to 55-52. Harrison Ingram ended a three-minute Stanford scoring drought with a layup that cut the Cardinal’s deficit to 55-54.

Spencer Jones made a 7-foot jumper to put the Cardinal in front at 56-55 with 5:10 remaining, Two minutes later, James Keefe’s 10-foot jumper put Stanford up 58-55, and Angel followed with a hoop to extend the Cardinal lead to 60-55.

USC made it a three-point game at 1:41 with a jumper, and Peterson drained a 23-foot 3 to tie the game at 60-all with :56.8 to play, Ingram broke the tie with a layup with :33.6 to go, Mobley hit 1 of 2 free throws to pull the Trojans within 62-61 with :14.5 remaining.

Angel made a pair of free throws with :11.7 left to extend Stanford’s lead to 64-61. Mobley missed a long 3-point attempt as time expired.

Stanford shot 43 percent (23 of 54) from the field, including 9 of 21 3-pointers. The Cardinal also made 9 of 11 free throws. The Trojans shot 45 percent overall (22 of 49), also making 9 of 21 from behind the arc. USC was 8 of 10 at the line.

Stanford visits Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, when the Cardinal meet No. 7 UCLA.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Bears drop their third straight game to Huskies at Alaskan Airlines 64-55 Wednesday

The Washington Huskies Terrell Brown Jr (23) exults after teaching the Cal Bears a lesson about defending him. Brown led the Huskies in scoring with 21 points at the Alaskan Airlines Arena in Seattle on Wed Jan 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 The Washington Huskies (7-7) Terrell Brown was well defended by the Cal Bears (9-8) on Wednesday night in the first half of the game and came back scoring 18 of his 21 points in the second half.

#2 Brown led the Huskies in just impressive offense he worked the inside to get shots, worked the boards and wasn’t afraid to take the outside shot.

#3 For the Bears It seemed like anyone that head coach Mark Fox put out on the floor was getting extinguished everyone finished in a single digit except Jordan Shepherd who scored 12 points.

#4 The Huskies led Cal by seven at the half and got the win by 66-54. In both halves of the game the Huskies and Brown just out hustled Cal every step of the way.

#5 Cal will be at it again when they try to get back in the win column against the Washington State Cougars (9-6) at Pullman which could be a very tough place for the Bears to try and snap a three game losing streak.

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Cardinal end long layoff with 75-69 triumph over No. 5 USC

Stanford forward James Keefe (22) defends as Southern California guard Ethan Anderson (20) at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Tue 1-11-22 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday. January 11, 2022

It took 15 years, but Stanford finally defeated a Top 5 men’s basketball opponent and did so after a nearly three-week break for COVID-19 protocols.

The Cardinal overtook Southern California 75-69 Tuesday at Maples Pavilion behind the 21-point efforts by Harrison Ingram and Spencer Jones.

Prior to Tuesday, Stanford (9-4 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) lost 14 straight games to AP Top 5 opponents, I with its last such win coming on Jan. 28, 2007, against No. 3 UCLA.

It was the Cardinal’s first game since Dec. 23, when they defeated Liberty in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Stanford entered COVID protocol before having to cancel its championship game against Vanderbilt. The Cardinal then postponed games with California and UCLA.

Isaiah Mobley paced the Trojans (13-1, 3-7), with Boogie Ellis scoring 14 points. The loss by USC, along with the defeat of No. 1-Baylor, left no undefeated teams in Division I college basketball.
Stanford used back-to-back 3-pointers by Noah Taitz midway through the second half to surge ahead 50-49.

The Cardinal surged ahead to stay at 70-66 when James Keefe made a layup to start an 8-2 run that was completed with a pair of free throws by Ingram with 1:18 remaining.

The Trojans went cold in the final five minutes, missing three free throws and making 1 of 7 field goal attempts.

The effects of inactivity were noticeable early, when Stanford had a stretch of missing 8 of 9 shots. The Cardinal trailed by seven with 6 minutes remaining in first half before surging back to take a 33-32 lead.

Attendance was limited to family members only due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases.
The Cardinal visit Washington State on Thursday.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Cal battles undefeated USC tonight at Haas; Trojans have not played in 19 days

Cal Bears leading scorer from Sun Jan 2, 2022 game against the ASU Sun Devils Jordan Shepherd who scored 16 points leading the Bears to victory at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley (Cal Bears Athletics Dept photo)

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael you had a chance to see the Cal Bears (9-5) pick up their fifth straight win at Haas Pavilion on Sunday night defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-8) in rather handed fashion 74-50 the Bears had all their shots falling for them in this one.

#2 The Bears dominated even with their inside game and got tremendous help from Jordan Shepherd (16 pts), Andre Kelly (13 points) and Grant Anticevich (10 pits) the three top scorers.

#3 You talked about Cal head coach Mark Fox challenging the defense in keeping the Sun Devils under 50 points and game’s end the defense did just do that hold the Sun Devils only to 50 points in the 24 point win.

#4 The suddenly ascendant Bears put together their best 40 minutes of basketball this season, and throttled ASU, 74-50, bringing an end to the Sun Devils’ seven-game win streak in the series between the schools.

#5 Michael, the tune kind of changes as the USC Trojans (13-0) come calling on Thu Jan 6th at Haas Pavilion. The Trojans won their last game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-6) 67-53 at the Galen Center in the Southland on Dec 18th. The Trojans have not played a game since Dec 18th and have gone 19 days without playing a game. Will they come out rusty or rested against Cal tonight?

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