By Stu Peterson: The No.11 Stanford Cardinals (1-0) rolled over the visiting UC Davis (0-1) team on Saturday at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. The two-time defending Pac 12 champion Cardinals are a in a rebuilding year, and they look to have put together a solid team.
Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery caught 5 passes for 77 yards with 2 touchdowns. At 13:40 of the 1st quarter, Montgomery fielded a punt from Kevin Hogan and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to put the Cardinals up 14-0. In the 2nd quarter, Montgomery caught a nice pass by quarterback Kevin Hogan and ran 44 yards unmolested for a touchdown to widen the Cardinals lead to 35-0.
Stanford led 38-0 at halftime. They could really stomped UC Davis in the 2nd half if they had wanted to, but they took it easy on them for the most part in scoring just 7 points in the 2nd half to round out the scoring at 45-0. With the way Stanford’s offense was playing, they could have scored 70 points if they had wanted to.
Stanford hosts USC next Saturday at Stanford Stadium, and they’re going to need to score as many points as possible in that game if they want to stay ahead of the explosive USC offense. There isn’t a lead that’s safe against USC because they can turn a game around very quickly with the offensive weapons they possess on their team.
Quarterback Kevin Hogan had a good game for Stanford in completing 12 of 16 passes for 204 yards with 3 touchdown passes and 1 interception. You have to remember that Hogan compiled most of his yardage totals in the 1st half of play, as the Cardinals played it conservative in the 2nd half in using mostly running plays to chew up clock rather than pour it on with passing the ball. Hogan had touchdown passes of 40 yards to Michael Rector, 52 yards to Christian McCaffrey and 44 yards to Ty Montgomery. Hogan also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the 1st quarter.
Before this game, Stanford hadn’t shut out an opponent since 2012 when they blanked Colorado 48-0 in November 2012. It’s definitely a positive sign that they were able to shut out UC Davis the week before the Trojans game, because Stanford is going to need a great defensive effort to beat them next week.
Backup Stanford quarterback Evan Crower completed 8 of 13 passes for 95 yards in the 2nd half.
UC Davis quarterback London Lacy completed 12 of 22 passes for 54 yards with 2 interceptions and 4 sacks. Lacy rarely had time to throw the ball, and even when he did, he couldn’t find open targets for his throws.