Saturday, September 14, 2013
Cardinal travels cross country to face Army
By Adam K. Moussa
Stanford head coach David Shaw will take his No. 5 Cardinal (1-0) from the West Coast to West Point, N.Y., to take on the Black Knights of Army (1-1) on Saturday at noon ET.
In its season opener against San Jose State, Stanford’s defense, which returned nine starters from 2012, accumulated seven tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception and limited the explosive Spartan spread offense to only 251 yards. After cruising to a 34-13 victory last week, the Cardinal now turn their attention to Army’s triple-option.
A pair of juniors lead Army’s rushing attack, which ranks No. 11 in nation. Quarterback Angel Santiago and running back Larry Dixon have combined for 377 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in the Black Knights’ two outings. Through the air, Army has attempted 28 passes, completing 11 for 177 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Stanford’s offense is quarterbacked by junior Kevin Hogan, who threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns against San Jose State and ranks No. 14 in ESPN’s QBR. Hogan, who improved to 6-0 as a starter last week, targeted receivers Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste for touchdowns. Running back Tyler Gaffney, who returned to Stanford this season after spending 2012 playing professional baseball, sprinted for 104 yards and two touchdowns to pace the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champions on the ground.
Stanford, which has won nine straight games dating back to last season, arrived in West Point on Thursday evening in an effort to allow players extra time to adjust to the Eastern time zone.
The series history between the Cardinal and the Black Knights is currently even at 5-5. The most recent meeting between the two teams took place in September 1979, when Army stunned Stanford in Palo Alto.
Stanford is the first top-5 team to compete at Michie Stadium since Oct. 13, 1962, when Army upset No. 3 Penn State, 9-6.