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Breakthrough: Stanford finds its scoring groove in home opener against UCF

September 19, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Sept. 19, 2015

Stanford football’s 2015 home debut against the University of Central Florida was one of the final games to begin last weekend, with a kickoff at 7:35 p.m. Pacific Time. It took more than two minutes of game time before either team got a first down.

On the second play of the Cardinal’s second possession, fifth-year running back Remound Wright ripped off a 10-yard carry. That seemed to get Stanford’s attack untracked — sort of — as two of the next three plays resulted in first downs. (In order, they were an incomplete pass by Kevin Hogan, a 13-yard rush by Christian McCaffrey and a 15-year connection between Hogan and wideout Michael Rector.)

Rector’s reception gave the Cardinal first down and 10 yards to go at the UCF 45-yard-line, but the team soon faltered. A holding penalty on Stanford nullified the snap at the 45; a false start followed, as did an illegal block call on senior left guard Joshua Garnett that wiped out what might otherwise have been a first-down run by Hogan. Stanford punted from UCF’s 33, and the remainder of the first quarter was one gigantic bog of mediocrity.

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