Henry McKenna

Stanford All Business In Opener

Created on Sept. 08, 2013 10:35 PM EST

Everything went as planned: Kevin Hogan managed a victory and the Cardinal looked competent against the weaker adversary, which is more than we could say last year.

Everything is A-OK. Tyler Gaffney got 20 carries and rushed well behind the Tunnel Workers Union. Anthony Wilkerson played his roll chewing up yards and clock. No. 1 receiver Ty Montgomery knocked off a helmet, passed the century mark and put up six. Stanford generated four sacks and the hawk, Ed Reynolds, picked off David Fales. Not allowing fourth-quarter points showed that Stanford can close a game. If anyone had questions as to whether this defense (and this team) was for real, they’re sure now that the tree is tall as ever.

Stanford sits as the fifth-ranked team in the nation. They did not scream national contender in this game, but they didn't need to. This was the perfect first appearance to establish a running game, let Hogan put up points and be sure that the other guys don't get theirs. There was no buzz for Stanford this weekend, and David Shaw surely is happy about that.

Wide Receivers

Devin Cajuste was an afterthought in an article that I wrote weeks ago. He’s a move tight end or a big slot wide receiver. No need to put him into a box; he’s an offensive playmaker. He may have caught only three passes, but he made them count for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Questions Remaining

The second pass-catching option is still a competition. Three catches don’t indicate Cajuste is the clear No. 2. No more questions at running back. Carries indicated a clear pecking order.

Winning Stats

Stanford rushed 41 times. They were 12-of-15 on third downs. The Cardinal had two penalties for 25 yards. The defense held the Spartans to 35 yards on 25 attempts.

Losing Stats

Stanford had the same amount of turnovers as San Jose State (one lost fumble). The Cardinal allowed 216 yards to quarterback David Fales (on 44 attempts).

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