The Stanford Cardinal achieved their third straight win on Saturday with their 48-0 blowout of the Colorado Buffaloes to improve to 7-2.
Stanford’s offense started out slow behind Josh Nunes, as they were forced to punt on their first two drives. However, the team got going when Ed Reynolds returned an interception 52-yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter.
A.J. Tarpley’s fumble recovery at the end of the first quarter sparked an astounding 28-point second quarter for the Cardinal. Quarterback Kevin Hogan took the field for the first time, replacing Nunes under center, and effectively led the Cardinal offense downfield.
The drive was capped off by a 26-yard touchdown run by Stepfan Taylor, who had 43 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the day.
Stanford’s defense forced three consecutive punts in the second quarter, and the offense made the most of their opportunities.
Stanford’s big second quarter also included a 1-yard rushing touchdown for Resmound Wright, another score for Taylor, and a Zach Ertz touchdown reception from Hogan. The teams headed into the break with the Cardinal up comfortably 35-0.
The Cardinal continued their offensive success in the second half, with two Jordan Williamson field goals and a 19-yard touchdown reception by Levine Toilolo to make the game 48-0.
As usual, the Stanford defense was nearly impenetrable, allowing a ridiculous -21 yards on the ground and only 97 yards through the air.
Hogan put on an extremely encouraging performance under center, completing 18-23 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 48 rushing yards.
This shutout has to feel good for the Cardinal, especially heading into their game next week against a strong Oregon State squad.