OSU defers, Stewart returns to the 27.
1st and 10, STAN 27 – Beeler (-2) gets blown off the line by Paea, handoff to Stewart loses seven.
2nd and 17, STAN 21 – Luck to Whalen (throw: 3, catch: 3) for five.
3rd and 12, STAN 27 – Luck (+.5) steps up to avoid pressure, throws a great 15-yard out (pass: 5, catch: 3) to Ertz for the first down.
1st and 10, STAN 45 – Bubble screen to Whalen (throw:3, catch: 3), who jukes (+1) out his man to turn two into six.
2nd and 4, OSU 49 – Play action to Wilkerson, Luck hit as he thrown, delivers high to Reuland, reeled in for three. Throw is inaccurate, but understandable, as Luck was hit while thrown. (Throw: 3, Catch: 2).
3rd and 1, OSU 46 - Dive to Marecic gets the first down. Good call (coaching +1), as the play caught OSU off guard – even though we've been running this on third and short all year. (+1 line).
1st and 10, OSU 43 – Four wide, line (+1) protects well, Luck to Whalen for seven. (Throw: 3, catch: 3).
2nd and 3, OSU 37 – Handoff to Taylor (+1), who avoids the backside pursuit to get seven. Martin and Phillips (+1 apiece) open up a big hole.
1st and 10, OSU 30 - Taylor (+0.5) gets hit at the 25, but fights to the 21. A great pull on this power run by Phillips (+1), and Marecic (+1) made it easy for Taylor by kicking out his man.
2nd and 1, OSU 21 – Line (+1) provides solid protection. Ertz is wide open (coaching +2) on a seam route for the touchdown. (Throw: 4, Catch: 3). On replay, we see Andrew Luck (+1) did a great job looking off the safety.
7-0 Stanford, 9:38 left in the first
Coaching (-0.5) for kicking it short to avoid the deep man, as OSU starts on its 34.
1st and 10, OSU 34 – D line (-1) gets no pressure, and Katz completes a comeback route Browning had decent coverage on. No ding on Browning, nothing he could do there.
1st and 10, OSU 45 – Huge hole on a handoff to Jacquizz Rodgers, but perhaps that's by design, as Howell (+1) fills to tackle after just 2. Solid tackle from Howell, as he was the only guy between Rodgers and the end zone.
2nd and 8, OSU 47 - Browning (-0.5, coaching -0.5) is playing too far off Wheaton given the five-man blitz, and Katz completes for the first down. Skov gets dinged (-0.5) for not taking a deeper drop and making this harder.
1st and 10, STAN 43 - Keiser pressures (+0.5), and then leaps and bats down (+1) Katz' pass.
2nd and 10, STAN 43 - Bubble screen works as neither Chase Thomas (-0.5) nor Sherman (-0.5) can get off their men. Howell fills after nine.
3rd and 1, STAN 34 – QB sneak stonewalled. Fua (+2) and Stephens (+2) get major kudos for stopping a QB sneak absolutely dead in its tracks – the QB can almost always eke out a foot or two. D line +2, as no OL had much penetration.
4th and 1, STAN 34 –Stanford shows a safety blitz out of a 5-2 formation, which may have spooked the tackle into jumping early (coaching +1). OSU punts, and Stanford starts on its 8. Huge stand. Still 7-0 Stanford.
1st and 10, STAN 8 - Taylor (-1) stumbles out of the handoff and loses two. He could have had 8, maybe more, as there was a huge hole (coaching +1) off right tackle. Hall (+1).
2nd and 12, STAN 6 – Draw to Taylor gets 15. Line (+1) provides solid blocking all around, partially because OSU's DLs were tearing upfield expecting a pass (coaching +1). Taylor (+1) gets the extra five yards for the first down with a juke.
1st and 10, STAN 21 – Luck in shotgun, five-yard gain to Whalen (Throw: 3, catch: 3).
2nd and 5, STAN 25 – Luck keeper gets all OSU's LBs to bite, and Luck gets the first down. Can't tell whether it was a keeper by design or because Luck pulled it and ran in a zone read look, so coaching +1 for the play call, and +1 for Luck for deciding to keep. DeCastro (+1) for a great block and O line (+1) for solid blocking all around.
1st and 10, STAN 32 – Phillips (+2) drives his man four yards downfield as we run for six. McGillicuddy (+1) comes across the run and opens a lane.
2nd and 4, STAN 38 – OL stalemates, Wilkerson (+1) climbs over the mess to bring 3rd and inches
3rd and inches, STAN 42 – Wilkerson gets two. Martin (+1) and Phillips (+1) open the hole. Line +1.
1st and 10, STAN 44 – Play action buys time (line +1), and Luck (+.5) steps up to buy another second. Luck throws a bomb a little inside to Baldwin, perhaps because Baldwin stumbles (-.5), so he can't quite make a diving catch. It was there though (coaching +1). (Throw: 4, Catch: 1).
2nd and 10, STAN 44 – Luck's hard count (+.5) helps draw OSU offside. Luck to Baldwin on a cross off a play action, easy, easy, easy. Good call (+1 coaching) and Baldwin (+1) just beat the OSU defense badly here. Line (+1) blocked this well. (Throw: 3, catch: 3).
1st and 10, OSU 42 – Luck deep touchdown to Baldwin (throw: 4, catch: 3) is wide open. Defensive holding declined, as it didn't stop Baldwin (+1). Line (+2) pass protects well on a deep route, Marecic (+1) and Phillips (+1) in particular. Coaching +1 again. We're giving a lot of coaching plusses – not trying to give the coaches too much credit at the expense of the players, but these are WIDE open.
Stanford 14, OSU 0, 2:21 first quarter.
OSU returns to 32.
1st and 10, OSU 32 – Stanford in a 5-2. Fua (+.5) slows up Rodgers but can't finish him off. His teammates do three yards downfield.
2nd and 7, OSU 35 – Blitzer picks up Skov (-.5). Sherman (-.5), playing too far off, allows the first on an out.
1st and 10, OSU 42 – Chase Thomas (-.5) gets kicked out, and Marecic, Mauro, Howell (-.5 apiece) fail to tackle, so Rodgers gains 9.
2nd and 4, OSU 49 – Bubble screen, Skov can't get there, but that's because he's an LB on a slot receiver who had a 5-yard head start. This was open by alignment. (Coaching -1). By the way, If I were doing this from OSU's perspective, I would ding the OSU staff a million times over for not going to these bubble screens and fly sweeps (which we don't see until the second half) sooner, because a pro-style offense wasn't open and on the few times OSU did spread it out, Stanford looked susceptible. Glad we have our offensive coaches.
1st and 10, STAN 43 – Draw, and Chase Thomas (+2) gets an ankle tackle. A blitzing Howell (-.5) had a shot, albeit a tough one, and missed, so this is a dangerous play Thomas erased here.
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