Monday, September 5, 2011
Stanford weekend rewind: Week 1
By Kevin Gemmell
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Before the Stanford Cardinal move on to ACC country this week and the campus that basketball built, let's take one last look at the 57-3 romp of San Jose State.
Andrew Luck notched 171 yards on 17-of-26 passing with two touchdowns and another score on the ground in Stanford's blowout win.
Highlight reel: Andrew Luck's 1-yard touchdown run/pylon dive made every highlight because 1) He's Andrew Luck; 2) It was the first touchdown of the game/season; 3) His pregame meal would be a highlight if cameras were allowed in the dining hall; 4) It was a good play; and 5) He's Andrew Luck.
Best play: Luck's 13-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to start the second quarter. Nice route, nice separation, pretty pass.
Worst play(s): Late in the first half, Stanford had first-and-goal at the SJSU 1-yard line. Stepfan Taylor up the middle, no gain. Next play, Taylor up the middle for minus-1 yards. The red zone running got better in the second half, but it will have to get a lot better than it was Saturday.
Who's hot: Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov, who led the team in tackles last season, picked up where he left off, leading the Cardinal defenders again with seven stops, five solo, and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
Who's not: Backup running back Anthony Wilkerson couldn't break free. Just 14 yards on eight carries for an average of 1.8 yards per carry. Expecting bigger things from him in the coming weeks.
The good: Any win is good, regardless of the score. Though almost doubling the point spread is pretty nice. The Cardinal looked motivated, if not sloppy at times. And the transition from Jim Harbaugh to David Shaw appeared seamless.
The bad: Too many holes and too many missed tackles in the secondary. Might chalk it up to a little inexperience and this being the first game. No cause for alarm yet. But like an open wound, watch it to make sure it doesn't get infected.