Observations from Stanford's 34-20 victory over Army on Saturday.
1. Stanford’s vaunted defense isn’t impenetrable. Army accounted for 333 yards of total offense on 71 plays. For all of the arithmetic fans out there, that averages out to nearly five yards per play. The triple-option presented a number of matchup problems for one of the most experienced front sevens in all of college football.
2. Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan possesses the enviable attribute of short-term memory. Following his fumble on Stanford’s first possession and a three-and-out on the team's second series, the junior regrouped to lead the Cardinal to four consecutive scoring drives before the half. The McLean, Va., native finished the contest 11-for-18 with 188 yards and three touchdowns, each to a different target.
3. Stanford has plenty of kinks to work out before beginning a slate of nine consecutive Pac-12 contests next week. If Stanford is to repeat as Pac-12 champions, it can’t afford any more slow starts like what it experienced at West Point.