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Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-8 Stanford

December 4, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comDec. 4, 2019 I marked the end of Stanford’s 2019 football season where I’d welcomed it: At Tobacco Road, where I watched the Notre Dame game with elation that eventually shaded into apprehension and then despair. It’s fair to say that I was cranky during the second half. • The Bad What for […]

Irish clobber Stanford, 45-24

December 3, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comDec. 3, 2019 Notre Dame rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit for a 45-24 over host Stanford in the finale of the worst Cardinal football season in more than a decade. The Irish finished 10-2, with its only losses coming on road clashes at Georgia and Michigan, then ranked third and 15th, […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-7 Stanford

November 28, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comNov. 28, 2019 I attended the joint Stanford-Cal Big Game viewing party for the fifth year in a row. Suffice to say that the result was not to my liking. “I can’t believe we have the Axe!” one Cal backer exclaimed joyfully upon the conclusion of the Cardinal’s nine-year victory streak over […]

Cal uses two fourth-quarter touchdowns to snap Stanford’s Big Game streak, 24-20

November 27, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comNov. 27, 2019 Cal quarterback Chase Garbers ran for a 16-yard touchdown with 79 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lead the Bears to a 24-20 win, the team’s first victory over Stanford since 2009. The outcome of the 122nd Big Game clinched bowl eligibility for the Bears (6-5 overall, 3-5 […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-6 Stanford

November 22, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comNov. 22, 2019 I watched the Stanford–Washington State game at the one Durham venue that I know for sure has Spectrum cable, which carries the Pac-12 Networks. The outcome, sadly, did not go as I’d hoped. • The Bad I went through these numbers the other day: Washington State scored on nine of […]

Cougars surge past Stanford, 49-22

November 18, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comNov. 18, 2019 Washington State scored 24 unanswered points over the final 19 minutes in a 49-22 victory over the Stanford football team Saturday afternoon. Both starting quarterbacks recorded more 500 passing yards during the contest, which gave WSU head coach Mike Leach a four-game winning streak over Stanford. But the host […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-5 Stanford

November 13, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comNov. 13, 2019 The Pac-12 Networks, a production and broadcast organization wholly owned by the collegiate sports league whose name it bears, has famously limited availability. The conference’s system of regional channels for the Bay Area, Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and the mountain states (read: Colorado and Utah), plus a “main” […]

Colorado squeaks past Stanford, 16-13

November 12, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comNov. 12, 2019 Stanford dropped a 16-13 decision at Colorado on Saturday when a dismal offensive outing by the Cardinal was supplemented by crucial second-half breakdowns on defense and special teams. Redshirt freshman Evan Price won the game on Colorado’s homecoming weekend by hitting a 37-yard kick as time expired, his third […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-4 Stanford

October 29, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comOct. 29, 2019 The Arizona game marked the second time this year that a Stanford game was broadcast by the Pac-12 Network. Rather than attempt to find a bar or restaurant near my parent’s home that had the Dish Network, and hence carried any of the Pac-12 channels, I wound up listening […]

K.J. Costello returns to lead Stanford to a 41-31 homecoming victory over Arizona

October 28, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comOct. 28, 2019 K.J. Costello threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Stanford football team to a 41-31 win over Arizona on Saturday amid reunion festivities on the Farm. The Cardinal, who moved to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-12, also got outstanding efforts from their most reliable […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 3-4 Stanford

October 21, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comOct. 21, 2019 The day after Stanford’s brutal loss to UCLA, I realized that I hadn’t donned the possibly lucky Stanford wristband that I’d acquired at the alumni tailgate prior to the UCF debacle and worn during the thrilling victory over the University of Washington. Was Thursday night’s defeat my fault?! Anyway, […]

Bruins maul Stanford, 34-16

October 18, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comOct. 18, 2019 Twelve days after turning in their best performance of the season, the Stanford football team put in arguably their worst Thursday evening with a 34-16 home loss to UCLA. The result gave the Bruins (2-5 overall, 2-2 Pac-12) their first win over Stanford since a 23-20 result in Pasadena […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 3-3 Stanford

October 10, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comOct. 10, 2019 I had kind of a crazy night last weekend. I watched the first part of Saturday’s Washington–Stanford game at Tobacco Road but deliberately left at halftime because of what happened the last time I’d watched the Cardinal play a night game at that location. I walked to my car, […]

Stanford tames Huskies, 23-13

October 8, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comOct. 8, 2019 A scrappy Stanford team controlled the lines of scrimmage and played its best football game yet to beat No. 15 Washington on Saturday evening, 23-13. Running back Cameron Scarlett and quarterback Davis Mills posted career-high marks of 151 rushing yards and 293 passing yards, respectively, as the unranked Cardinal […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 2-3 Stanford

October 1, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comOct. 1, 2019 Saturday evening’s Stanford–Oregon State game was televised on the Pac-12 Network, which is hard to obtain locally, I resolved to listen to the game at home. (Thank you, KZSU community radio Internet feed!) I spent much of the time scanning health-care documents from 2010. • The Bad Football teams are […]

Inconsistent Stanford squanders a big lead but slips past Oregon State with a 31-28 win

September 30, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 30, 2019 Junior quarterback Davis Mills threw for three touchdowns and caught another as the Stanford football team survived Oregon State’s fourth-quarter rally to claim a 31-28 victory on a damp, cool Saturday evening in Corvallis. Senior Jet Toner hit a 39-yard field goal with a second remaining to win in […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-3 Stanford

September 25, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 25, 2019 This week, I have no blisters or stories to share; there was just a visit to a sports bar to see yet another desultory Stanford loss. • The Bad We are yet again spoiled for choice in this category. On a macro level, the Cardinal’s pass defense was atrocious; the […]

Cardinal considerations: Can Stanford recover from its two-game losing streak?

September 21, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 21, 2019 Since David Shaw was became Stanford’s head football coach prior to the 2011 season, the Cardinal has had a swell run. Over Shaw’s eight-plus seasons, the team has extended its bowl streak to a school-best 10 years, which currently leads the conference. Shaw boasts an 83-28 record, which translates […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-2 Stanford

September 17, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 17, 2019 Saturday was the first time I caught a Stanford football game in person since the Cardinal traveled to Boulder in 2015. It was the team’s first trip to the East Coast since their 2013 visit to West Point. For a hot minute, it seemed as though the contest in […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-1 Stanford

September 10, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 10, 2019 I returned to Tobacco Road on Saturday evening to view the Stanford football team’s debacle at USC. Suffice to say that the results were quite different from the previous week’s. • The Bad As you might imagine after a 25-point loss, there are plenty of candidates for this week’s The […]

Trojans come back from a two-touchdown deficit to stomp Stanford, 45-20

September 9, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 9, 2019 USC scored five unanswered touchdowns in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to humiliate Stanford in the Pac-12 conference debut for both teams Saturday night. The Cardinal (1-1, 0-1) took a 17-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter before suffering an epic collapse. Stanford’s backup signal caller, […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-0 Stanford

September 3, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 3, 2019 I watched the season opener at Tobacco Road with my local Stanford sports buddy. The joint was hopping — a bunch of interesting college football games started at 3:30, about half an hour before the Cardinal kicked off against Northwestern, and the restaurant was doing a booming pregame business […]

Stanford football offers mixed indications in 17-7 season-opening win

September 2, 2019

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comSept. 2, 2019 Stanford opened the 2019 college football season with a 17-7 victory over Northwestern that was not nearly as comfortable as the final score might suggest. The Wildcats, who won the Big 10 West and beat Utah in a bowl game to finish 2018 with a 9-5 record, had the […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 9-4 Stanford

January 12, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Jan. 12, 2019 I viewed the 2018 Sun Bowl at a Stanford alumni watch party in Lower Manhattan. Afterward, I played for a few hours at Modern Pinball NYC. • The Bad Yikes, yikes, yikes — Stanford’s offense struggled against Pitt, and mightily. In my game writeup, I detailed the unit’s […]

Stanford sends out 2018 with cringe-inducing 14-13 victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl

January 11, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Jan. 11, 2019 The Stanford football team closed out its 2018 season with an ugly 14-13 New Year’s Eve victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl. It was the Cardinal’s closest contest of the season, with the team putting up its lowest point total of the year after a 17-3 […]