Senior Day Brings No Added Motivation For Cardinal in Loss to Utes

November 15, 2014

By: Ben Leonard On what will be the last home game for Stanford in a disappointing 2014 season, the Cardinal looked just as flat as they had all season long on offense in a 20-17 double-overtime loss to Utah. No senior leader stepped up and took control of the game, something they direly miss from last season. Fifth-year seniors Henry Anderson and A.J. Tarpley have not supplanted Shayne Skov sufficiently in…


Saturday’s Game Versus Utes Will Define Future of Stanford Program

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard Stanford has fallen off the map this year, out of the College Football Playoff race, the top twenty-five, and the Pac-12 North division. The talent is there for the Cardinal, but the results aren’t. The offensive line is talented, yet inexperienced, incohesive, and friable. Kevin Hogan has not been able to mesh with his receivers and make adjustments to his game, and the…

November 9, 2014

Oregon Beats Stanford At Their Own Game

November 1, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Despite a dominant start by Oregon that left the Cardinal down 14-3 mid-way through the first quarter, Stanford charged back and pulled within striking distance. However, the Ducks and Heisman Trophy favorite Marcus Mariota made plays when the Cardinal could not, making the game an absolute laugher. Oregon gave Stanford a dose of their own medicine, dominating them on the ground behind a healthy (finally) offensive front….


Can Mariota and Oregon Quell Their Stanford Problem?

October 31, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Stanford and Oregon may not be the marquee matchup it has been the past four years, but the matchup still plays a pivotal role in deciding the Pac-12 North. With a win, Stanford would be in control of its own destiny in the North race, and Oregon would be effectively eliminated from the inaugural College Football Playoff. Marcus Mariota and Mark Helfrich’s offense have not been able to…


Cardinal Revert to 2007 Form in Horrific Defeat

October 18, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Much has been made of Stanford’s ineptitude in the red zone this season. They could not even get to the red zone on Saturday night against Arizona State, much less midfield in a brutal, mind-numbing 26-10 loss, falling to 4-3. The Cardinal lost the same amount of games in all of 2010 and 2011 combined. Stanford’s defense largely did its job, doing its best to make up…


Keys for Stanford vs. Arizona State

October 18, 2014

By: Ben Leonard The Sun Devils were sitting ducks against the physically daunting Cardinal defense last year, both at home and on the road. Stanford jumped out to a 29-0 halftime lead and a 39-7 lead at the end of the third in their first meeting of the year, at home, and let their foot off the gas in the second half. They allowed Arizona State to come back and make it…


Close Win Over Cougars Confirms Cardinal’s Inherent Flaws

October 10, 2014

By: Ben Leonard On Fireworks Night at Stanford Stadium, the Cardinal lacked offensive fireworks in a 34-17 win over Washington State. Despite a relatively high number of points for the squad, it squandered several opportunities to put the game out of reach. Penalties (whether just or not), drops, and overall ineptitude kept the clearly inferior Cougars within striking distance, despite Stanford’s control throughout the game. Stanford’s vaunted defense kept the…


Can Stanford’s Defense Stop Connor Halliday’s Cougars?

October 9, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Stanford suffered a disheartening loss Saturday against Notre Dame, with Kevin Hogan playing like a backup. The Cardinal fell all the way to the #25 spot in the AP poll, their seventy-first week in a row being ranked in the poll. The rank is their lowest since November of 2009 (#25), when Andrew Luck played his first season as a starter.  Cal, who received votes in the AP poll…


The Time Has Come To Bench Kevin Hogan

October 4, 2014

By: Ben Leonard After a crushing 17-14 loss to Notre Dame, Stanford is virtually eliminated from the inaugural College Football Playoff. If the Cardinal wants to make a top-tier bowl, it will need to win out and get some help from other top teams. Stanford was the inferior team Saturday in South Bend, outgained 370-205 and totaling only 3.01 yards a play. The Cardinal went three and out eight times, but were…


Offensive Miscues Mask Dominant Defense in 20-13 Stanford Win

September 27, 2014

Despite egregious play on offense, Stanford found a way to win against Washington in Seattle. The road demons almost cost Stanford a victory again on offense, failing to take advantage of a several golden opportunities, including failing to finish in the red zone and on third down, uncharacteristic penalties, and missing a field goal. Jordan Williamson went two for three on field goal attempts, but badly missed a forty-six yarder wide left….