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Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 0-2 Stanford

November 22, 2020

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 22, 2020

There likely won’t be any in-person Stanford football get-togethers this accursed pandemic-stricken year.

• The Bad

Yikes, this Cardinal defense has been extremely soft so far in 2020. Through two games, Stanford is allowing 35 points and 464 yards per game as opposing offenses convert 68 percent of their third downs. (Thirty-five points! Four hundred sixty-four yards! Sixty-eight percent!!!) The Oregon and Colorado offenses combined to average 5.2 yards per rush and 9.6 yards per pass attempt; this latter figure is last in the Pac-12.

Let me end this section where it started. Yikes, the Cardinal defense has been extremely soft so far in 2020. Letting up 35 points against both Oregon and Colorado easily qualify it for this week’s The Bad.

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Big-play Buffalos stampede confused Cardinal, 35-32

November 21, 2020

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 21, 2020

Colorado withstood a fourth-quarter rally to down Stanford 35-32 in the Cardinal football team’s 2020 home opener on Saturday, Nov. 14. Stanford fell to 0-2 on the year and saw its losing streak extended to six games.

Stanford’s string of defeats began with a 16-13 loss in Boulder on Nov. 9, 2019. The Cardinal offense proved much more potent on home ground in this month’s rematch. Unfortunately for coach David Shaw’s squad, the Buffalos were even better.

The Cardinal scored first against Colorado in a drive that saw quarterback Davis Mills complete his first four passes. The throws netted 38 yards in the senior’s first start of 2020 after sitting out at Oregon due to a false-positive Covid-19 test. When the drive stalled at the visitor 30, Shaw summoned his redshirt-senior kicker. Jet Toner nailed the 48-yard field goal, his first on the year after whiffing on tries of 48, 40, 35 and 27 against Oregon in the season opener.

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

November 13, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 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” conference channel, has never signed a distribution deal with DirecTV.

The Pac-12 Networks have only 19 million subscribers. That’s fewer than Fox’s Spanish-language sports channel and other TV powerhouses such as Great American Country, Justice Central, MaxPrime, Ovation Network and the Smithsonian Channel, according to SBNation.

When your team is mediocre, its games tend to be relegated to the Pac-12 Networks, which makes it very hard to watch said games. For Stanford’s demoralizing loss at Colorado, I met a buddy at a venue that doesn’t subscribe to the channel; we wound up listening to the KZSU radio feed through my phone on my pal’s Bluetooth earbuds. (We each used one of his buds — my phone is evidently incapable of connecting simultaneously to multiple Bluetooth devices.)

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Colorado squeaks past Stanford, 16-13

November 12, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 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 field goal of the game. Stanford (4-5 overall, 3-4 in league) had taken a 13-10 lead 55 seconds into the fourth quarter thanks to a 79-yard touchdown throw from K.J. Costello to Simi Fehoko, but the Buffalo (4-6, 2-5) came back by mounting two methodical field-goal drives that ate up an astonishing 12 minutes and 31 seconds of the final period.

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