Injuries, offensive offense and a renewed display of defensive futility against the run. Saturday's 20-7 loss to Arizona was the worst performance seen from Stanford Football since the UC Davis debacle of '05. If you have the stomach, here is the blow-by-blow account of events and observations.
October 15, 2006
Stanford this afternoon against Arizona put forth the lowest offensive total (52 yards) in school history. The Cardinal allowed more sacks (six) than Arizona had made all season. Arizona had rushed for 329 yards in six games but today ran for 220 yards. Still, these were not the most pressing questions for Walt Harris after the 20-7 loss. He had two injured quarterbacks on which to comment.
October 14, 2006
Stanford went into South Bend on Saturday with no external expectation or hope of competing, yet they for a second straight week gave much more fight than anyone expected. The defense and special teams helped with field position and some stops. The offense ran the ball well and came out of the gates firing. This time it was not a matter of turnovers. The offense literally dropped the ball.
October 8, 2006
When Stanford administrators decided last winter to move the 2006 game against San Jose State to Spartan Stadium, there were rumbles of concern about giving up a home game. Those fears played out today, as the Spartans upset Stanford, 35-34. SJSU put up 21 unanswered points, while the Cardinal never scored in the second half. The defense was awful again, and second-half turnovers killed the Card.
September 9, 2006
The only thing more disheartening than watching the line rise from 11 points to 12 (and climbing) on this Saturday's game at Oregon is to count the number of players Stanford has had injured this preseason. But the worm has turned in dramatic fashion in recent days. As the practice load for players waned at the end of training camp, much healing has suddenly reloaded and refreshed the roster.
August 31, 2006
Training camp is a time to shake off the rust after a long off-season, but it is also a period for learning. While we turn our eyes frequently to the youngest players on the roster when searching for giant leaps of progress during fall camp, some old dogs this August showed us that they can learn new tricks. We highlight four veterans here who are headline stories this camp with their surges.
August 29, 2006
This is not the normal progression we see during a fall camp. Typically the offense struggles early while the defense dominates, and later the offense starts to come together. Thus far in Stanford's 2006 training camp, the offense has had all the highlights and the defense has been down. Then on Saturday during the Cardinal's second full scrimmage, roles reversed unexpectedly. Here is what we saw.
August 21, 2006
We sized up Stanford and measured much about the early progress of this fall camp with Wednesday's first full scrimmage. But it is wise to check in for the full report from the ultimate authority afterward: Walt Harris. The Cardinal head coach gave reactions immediately following the scrimmage, and then more Thursday after a review of the film. Here are his quotes from both days.
August 18, 2006