Stanford Cardinal vs Colorado Buffaloes: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Stanford Cardinal 48, Colorado Buffaloes 0 - Final
Some games make teams look better than they are. Some games make teams look ten times worse. This was both of those. The Stanford Cardinal looked like a team that should be competing for the National Championship today against Colorado.
Colorado looked like an inept team that was completely overmatched. As a whole, both teams were who we thought they were. Colorado dropped to 1-8 while Stanford improved to 7-2 in this game.
The bigger storyline is who the Stanford quarterback will be going into the Oregon State game. Kevin Hogan looked dominant today going 18-for-23 (78.2 percent) for 184 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
However, the more telling thing is that Stanford scored on six of the seven drives that Hogan was at the reigns for. The Stanford defense also did it's part shutting out the Buffaloes offense completely allowing just 76 total yards on the day.
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There's the victory formation. This game is finally over. Stanford just crushed the spirits of the Colorado Buffaloes.
Stanford Cardinal 48, Colorado Buffaloes 0 - Final
Grind. Grind. Grind. Stanford is just slowing letting the clock run and grinding out yards on the ground at this point. Smart move and it looks like they will continue this until the end of this blowout matchup. And right as I type that, there's a pass.
Now is time for the Stanford offense to go into straight ball control and control-the-clock modes. Allow the clock to run and just try to leave the game winning and with minimal injuries.
On third-and-38, Colorado gets shut down again and will be forced to punt yet again. Colorado is killing themselves today with bad plays and stupid penalties.
Colorado is finally in Stanford territory. They have been driving down the field with Connor Wood. On second-and-10, Kevin Anderson comes in for a strip-sack where the Buffaloes finally recovered after a 23-yard loss. Then a delay of game penalty by the Colorado offense gives them a third-and-38.
WOW. Connor Wood has a great throw for Colorado. He's getting these yards in chunks and is accurate throwing the ball on the move.
Starting at the Colorado 22-yard line was a blessing, but the Cardinal couldn't get things going. Nottingham and the rest of the offense gained just five yards to set up a shorter field goal.
Jordan Williamson hits the 35-yard field goal straight through the uprights to give the Cardinal another three points.
Stanford Cardinal 48, Colorado Buffaloes 0 - 9:52 4th Quarter
Stanford had just their second three-and-out of the half. Then on the punt, they forced the fumble and recovered it at the Colorado 22-yard line.
Bret Nottingham is now in. Kevin Hogan gets to sit on the bench for the final stanza and rest for next week's high profile matchup with Oregon State.
Kevin Hogan finished 18-for-23 (78.2 percent) for 184 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Buffaloes don't have a scoring drive, but being able to at least move the ball is a positive sign. The Stanford defense isn't just pitching a dominant shutout; they are making the Colorado offense look like a high school's.
Connor Wood is leading the offense down the field. It's interesting to see a third string quarterback move the ball more effectively than the two starting caliber guys.
Connor Wood is now in as the third quarterback for the Colorado Buffaloes. He throws for a first down on his first throw of the game. However, the Buffaloes sit with a third-and-15 situation at their own 27-yard line heading into the fourth quarter.
Stanford Cardinal 45, Colorado Buffaloes 0 - End of the 3rd Quarter
The Buffaloes defense finally steps up to stop the Stanford offense. After Kevin Hogan led the Stanford offense down the field six drives in a row for scores, the Buffaloes locked him down and sacked him on a third down to force Hogan to have his first three-and-out.
Stanford has been abusing the Colorado quarterbacks today. The six sacks so far have been just scary to see. Another three-and-out for the Buffaloes.
The special teams have been just as good as the defense today for Stanford. An easy field goal and all extra points have been kicked right down the middle. Jordan Williamson has also given great field position with his kicks deep into the endzone.
Kevin Hogan throws a pretty, accurate ball. Two straight throws for first downs and then followed it up with a touchdown throw to Levine Toilolo.
Stanford Cardinal 45, Colorado Buffaloes 0 - 5:08 3rd Quarter
Anthony Wilkerson has looked good with Taylor out. He's gained 33 yards on five carries since the half started.
The Stanford offense continues to make it look easy. Kevin Hogan is a very good quarterback. It looks like Stepfan Taylor is going to sit out the rest of the game. He hasn't even been on the field since halftime and with it 38-0, who can blame Stanford for not playing him?
Colorado finally changed their quarterback back to Nick Hirschman. He finally got the offense to gain some yards getting eight yards on the first down play. But it was still more of the same as the Stanford defense forced yet another three-and-out by the Buffaloes.
After Kevin Hogan got the ball down to the 8-yard line, the Stanford offense stalled and was forced to kick the field goal. Jordan Williamson hit the 26-yard kick easily.
Stanford Cardinal 38, Colorado Buffaloes 0 - 10:28 3rd Quarter
Colorado freshman nose tackle Justin Solis is down on the field with an injury. It looks like a helmet-to-helmet hit caused a head or neck injury. The stretcher is out on the field, and it looks like they will be stretchering him off the field.
UPDATE by the official Colorado Football twitter account:
DL Justin Solis has some neck pain but does have movement, they are going to take him to the hospital as a precautionary measure. #GoBuffs— Colorado Football (@RunRalphieRun) November 3, 2012
Kevin Hogan and the Cardinal continue the Buffaloes death march to oblivion. Hogan is beating the Buffaloes defense with not just his arm but his legs too. A 27-yard run, great play action rollouts and command of the offense.
So the Buffaloes kicked it short only to give the Stanford offense better field position. No logic in the coaching decision there.
On third-and-14 from the Colorado 22-yard line, Kevin Hogan hit Jamal-Rashad Patterson at the two-yard line for the first down. After a quick spike by Hogan, Stepfan Taylor pounded the ball into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game.
Stanford Cardinal 35, Colorado Buffaloes 0 - Halftime
Kevin Hogan can run a two minute drill too? He's the quarterback who should have been starting all season. He's no Andrew Luck, but he's still a mighty-fine quarterback.
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