4Q: McCaffrey TD pass caps the rout (42-10)

"Or we could just do that. McCaffrey with a halfback pass, the first of his career, and it's a 28-yard touchdown strike to Austin Hooper." Postgame, David Shaw would say they threw in the wrinkle to give McCaffrey a chance to shine in front of the hometown fans. With the win, Kevin Hogan has now passed Andrew Luck for most career wins.

Stanford 35, Colorado 10, start of fourth quarter

Card will try to cap what would be a 96-yard touchdown drive, their longest of the season, as we start the fourth. I think we have a pretty good shot of pulling it off, as we're ripping off five, ten yards per run here.

Or we could just do that. McCaffrey with a halfback pass, the first of his career, and it's a 28-yard touchdown strike to Austin Hooper. Really interesting that we would call that in the fourth quarter of a game we led by 25. Are we trying to get No. 5 the Heisman? Are we trying to win by big margins for the playoff chase? Are we trying to put something on tape, as the Pac-12 announcers speculate, for future opponents? Whatever the case, it's "all right now" for the Cardinal, now nearing 50 points on the afternoon.

Stanford 42, Colorado 10, 14:52 remaining

13 plays, 6:20 and a season-high 95 yards on that touchdown drive. Florida win goes final, too bad. Buffs from their 35 here, now with their backup quarterback, and welcome to the big leagues, son. All Mike Tyler does in his limited playing time is register sacks, and he drops Cade Apsay on first down, and hurries him into a third-down throw to no one.

Keller Chryst time, might be his last on the season, with no obvious blowout opportunities left on the schedule. Ryan Burns looks good running for seven and a first down, but it comes back on an offensive penalty. Then, Barry Sanders can't beat the open-field tackler and is dropped after six on a third-and-12 screen that, but for that one miss, might have gained first-down yardage.

A Cal win over Oregon later today would clinch the division for the Cardinal with two weeks still to go. Here, the Cardinal defense is starting to rack up the turnovers it wasn't able to force earlier in the year. Freshman Justin Reid with his first career pick on another CU overthrow, and the second-team Stanford offense will get another crack to see what it can do.

Florida did win, 9-7 over Vanderbilt at the Swamp, but you'd hope that No. 11 Stanford would pass the No. 10 Gators in the playoff standings given their respective performances. As importantly, No. 5 Notre Dame (42-30 over Pitt) and No. 21 Northwestern (23-21 over Penn State) keep winning for the Cardinal. And Florida State with an early 7-0 lead over No. 1 Clemson, so we might get some carnage yet.

Stanford offense goes three and out with Keller Chryst overshooting Francis Owusu on third and 10. Card were 10 of 14 on third downs before that bomb, and 2 for 2 on fourth down, which will win you every single game you play. McCaffrey finishes with 147 rushing, 15 receiving, 28 passing and 58 return yards on the day. Hogan 17 of 23 for 169 yards, two scores and a pick, plus a rushing touchdown and 40 rushing yards. Rector and Hooper with 66 and 62 receiving yards respectively, and a touchdown apiece. Colorado offense three and out after who else but Mike Tyler is in on a third-and-one stuff.

Bryce Love with a 16-yard sweep, showing great speed, though much of the yardage comes back after a Francis Owusu hold. Two plays later, a short Ryan Burns keeper moves the sticks to keep the backup offense on the field. Trent Irwin can't hang onto a seemingly accurate third and ten slant, and so the Cardinal punt again. TCU also down early, 7-0, at Oklahoma State. Go Cowboys!

Buffaloes stringing together a last-minute drive, but Sam Shober flashes with a sack to slow down the Buff attack, and two snaps later, again Mike Tyler with a sack to end the game. Fitting ending to a Stanford rout. The best news? The next true road game Stanford will play will be some 10 months from now. Shaw: "We had a couple of guys banged up during the game." They gave McCaffrey the pass because it was his homecoming and knew he had that in his arsenal. Not too shabby folks, as your Cardinal are now 8-1 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-12.

Stanford 42, Colorado 10, Final


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