EVANSTON, Ill. – Stanford’s deteriorate began with a whack so resounding it echoed behind to final fall.
The Cardinal sputtered by a 16-6 detriment to Northwestern on Saturday during Ryan Field with an unhandy descent opening suggestive of those that derailed a 2014 season.
Favored by 12 points and confronting an competition not know for vigourous defense, Stanford unsuccessful to measure an descent touchdown, rushed for a insignificant 85 yards and regularly misfired on a basics.
“We didn’t give ourselves a possibility to win,” manager David Shaw said. “I suspicion we were good prepared, though it didn’t uncover up. We had a lot of opportunities that we let go.
“We have to manager better, we have to play improved … and go forward.”
After an considerable opening expostulate that lonesome 64 yards and finished with a margin goal, a offense went to sleep. It gained only 176 yards a rest of a diversion and showed no life until recklessness time set in.
An sell of margin goals in a fourth entertain left Stanford with a 10-point necessity in a final minutes. Any wish of forcing overtime fizzled with 57 seconds left, when quarterback Kevin Hogan’s pass was intercepted by reserve Kyle Queiro in a finish zone.
Northwestern began celebrating, and a No. 21 Cardinal had a initial detriment in a deteriorate opener given Jim Harbaugh’s rookie year (2007, to UCLA).
“No one’s heads are down,” ensure Joshua Garnett said. “I told people, ‘We’ve got 11 more.’ We only can’t make any some-more mistakes.”
Hogan didn’t play good in a initial diversion of his expected final deteriorate (20 of 35, 155 yards), though he had no help: The descent line was outplayed by Northwestern’s shifting, assertive front; Stanford’s receivers forsaken countless passes; and a using backs struggled to mangle tackles.
The Cardinal also burnt a timeout on a initial play of a second half, committed dual bootleg transformation penalties in a third entertain and generally looked bewildered.
“Self-inflicted wounds,” Hogan said.
It didn’t assistance that a diversion began during 9 a.m., that it was prohibited and humid, or that tip receiver Devon Cajuste, who was singular in training stay by an ankle injury, didn’t play in a initial half.
But those were all delegate issues when compared to a incomparable miasma.
When it was suggested that a offense looked tasteless – Was a Cardinal holding something behind with USC appearing in dual weeks? – Shaw rattled off a formations Stanford used and a plays it ran: Fly sweeps and dull backfields, additional descent linemen and downfield passes, and more.
“Tell me what we suspicion we didn’t run and I’ll get it in subsequent week’s gameplan,” he said.
The sole splendid mark in an differently squandered weekend was a defense. Despite personification with 8 new starters, a section looked like Stanford’s widespread defenses of new vintage.
The Wildcats were singular to only one touchdown and 330 yards.
“There was a lot of unproven talent, and we wanted to see it if would uncover up,” linebacker Blake Martinez said. “And it did.”
Check behind after for some-more from a postgame locker room