STANFORD, Calif. —
Stanford’s game versus UC Davis Saturday was cruel and unusual punishment for all involved; the spectators, the players on both sides, and the commentators. Davis, an FCS team, was simply outclassed on the field. They could not come close to matching Stanford’s size and physicality, and it showed in the final score, a 45-0 drubbing. The eleventh ranked Cardinal didn’t let the Aggies get past midfield until the final play of the game, when the reserves had been in for all of the second half. Coach Shaw wanted his starters to get a rest, a puzzling decision given the lack of starting experience on the offensive line.
Ty Montgomery epitomized the massive divide in physical talent between the two programs. The Aggies simply had no match for the 6’2″, 216 pound receiver. He took a punt back sixty yards for a touchdown on his first touch of the season, after a three and out by Davis. Montgomery went virtually untouched, found a seam, and took it to the house. He had five catches for seventy-seven yards and a forty-four yard touchdown catch despite only playing in the first half. The true all-purpose player ran even a play as a running back out of the wildcat formation, rushing for eight yards. “Our opponents are nameless and faceless. It doesn’t matter who we play. We have to play to our standard,” Montgomery said. (Credit)
The running back situation became somewhat muddled, with Barry Sanders Jr. running for forty-three yards on seven carries and the listed starter, Kelsey Young, running for thirty-seven yards on seven carries. Christian McCaffrey, a true freshman, caught a fifty-two yard pass from Hogan.
The son of former Stanford receiving star Ed McCaffrey figures to have a promising career with the Cardinal. Kelsey Young will, in all likelihood, remain the listed starter versus USC on Saturday, but will continue to split time with Sanders. Sanders does not fit very well in Stanford’s system, as he is not a good blocker.
Kevin Hogan played admirably, albeit against sub-par competition. He went twelve for sixteen for 204 yards and three touchdowns. He had an ugly interception in the second quarter on an egregiously under-thrown ball to a receiver that was not open. Besides that one awful decision, Hogan played well.
The defense stifled the hapless Aggie offense, holding them to a measly 115 yards and forcing three turnovers. Jordan Williamson set the Stanford career scoring record for a kicker with an extra point in the second quarter, extending the Stanford lead to 28-0. Williamson has come a long way in his career after hitting rock bottom in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
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Cover Image: By Cynthia Yock (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons