Offensive MVP: RB Tyler Gaffney. Gaffney finished the season seventh nationally with 1,709 yards rushing after a one-year hiatus to pursue professional baseball. He was given the program's Irving S. Zeimer Memorial Award as the team MVP. Gaffney's rushing total was the second-highest in school history, behind Toby Gerhart's 1,871 in 2009.
Defensive MVP: LB Trent Murphy. An ESPN.com first-team All-American, Murphy led the nation in sacks (15) and tackles-for-loss yardage (147). The outside linebacker was twice named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and led a defense that finished the season ranked 10th nationally in scoring.
Best moment: Beating then-No. 3 Oregon 26-20 on Nov. 7. A case can be made for its win over Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship, but without the Thursday night win against Oregon, a Pac-12 title wouldn't have been possible. Beating the Ducks also carried more national significance and ended with the student body rushing the field at Stanford Stadium.
Worst moment: Losing 27-21 at Utah on Oct. 12. The Utes finished conference play 2-7 and 5-7 overall and joined Colorado and Cal as the only Pac-12 teams not to play in a bowl. The previous occasion the Cardinal lost to a team that finished with a losing record was in 2009, when they lost at Wake Forest (the Demon Deacons finished 5-7).