The Stanford Cardinal traveled to West Point this weekend to take on the Army Black Knights in hopes of heading to 2-0 on the season. The Cardinal ended up shaking off a slow first half and pulled away towards the end of the game, winning 34-20.
The Cardinal had a tough time in the first quarter, allowing two field goals to the Black Knights. It wasn’t until Michael Rector hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass with fewer than a minute remaining in the first quarter that Stanford got on the board and took a 7-6 lead.
After a nice stop by the defense, Kevin Hogan threw another score, this one a deep 46-yard bomb to Ty Montgomery. The success of the defense continued, and Jordan Williamson nailed a 31-yard field goal to give his team a comfortable 17-6 lead.
However, Army’s option offense quickly answered, as back Larry Dixon crossed the goal line with only a minute left in the half.
The Cardinal avoided disaster on the ensuing drive, recovering a Hogan fumble, and drove into field goal range where Williamson hit his second kick of the game, this one from 47 yards. Stanford headed into the half with a 20-13 lead.
Stanford really picked it up in the second half, as linebacker James Vaughters recovered a fumble to give his team possession after Army received the ball to begin the third quarter. Tyler Gaffney took it from there, scoring on a beautiful 23-yard touchdown reception.
He added another one-yard score on the ground in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinal a 34-13 lead and Stanford
won 34-20 after a late score by the Black Knights.
Hogan had a solid game under center, throwing for 188 yards and three scores to one interception. Ty Montgomery had a great day on the outside, catching six passes for 130 yards and the touchdown.
The defense had a relatively tough time with Army’s ground game in the first half, but still held the Black Knights to 333 total yards.
Next week the Cardinal open up Pac-12 play when they host a strong Arizona State squad. That game kicks off at 4:00p.m. PT next Saturday, so be sure to tune in.