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Final look at Stanford's opening win

With UC Davis in the rearview mirror, USC now has Stanford’s complete attention. But before we turn the page to one of college football’s best early season matchups, here are some lingering notes from the Cardinal’s 45-0 win in Week 1.

Game notes

  • The win was the 700th in the program's 120-year history (700-460-52).

  • Stanford has now won 17 consecutive home games -- the longest active home winning streak in the county.

  • Stanford has not lost consecutive games under Shaw (7-0 after losses).

  • The Cardinal have not allowed 29 points or more in 24 consecutive games -- the second-longest streak in the country behind Rose Bowl opponent Michigan State (28 games).

  • It was the first shutout for the Cardinal at home under Shaw. The most recent one came against Oregon State in 2010.

  • Shaw became the first coach to win four consecutive season openers since Pop Warner

Players of the Week

The coaching staff awarded its players of the game to WR Ty Montgomery (offense/special teams), CB Wayne Lyons (defense) and RB Christian McCaffrey (special teams).

  • Montgomery did all his work in the first half, catching five passes for 77 yards and a 44-yard touchdown to go along with a 60-yard punt return for a score on the first punt return of his career.

  • Said Shaw on Montgomery: "This year, we know people are going to key on him. We want to have the versatility to put him anywhere and everywhere. Saw him line up in the wildcat, punt return, kickoff return, receiver. We can put him anywhere and everywhere in the slot to the field, outside into the boundary, outside."

  • Lyons had a hand in two turnovers on a defense that allowed no points, just six first downs and 144 yards of total offense.

  • McCaffrey looks like he'll be an important member of the team's coverage units -- he made three tackles in that phase -- and returned three punts for 60 yards, including a long of 41.

  • Shaw on McCaffrey: "When we came back from the summer, coaches came back into town, getting ready for training camp. The players, the old guys, fourth- and fifth-year guys, which you never hear, they came out and say I can't wait to watch Christian McCaffrey play."

    The coaching staff also honored four members of the team for their roles on the scout team during the week: Sam Yules (special teams), McCaffrey (offense) and SS Denzel Franklin and DE Harrison Phillips (defense).

Player notes

  • De La Salle High product Austin Hooper has a strong debut, catching four passes for 63 yards and touchdown. Shaw likened him to a former Stanford tight end currently in the NFL.

    "I've set the bar really, really high for him. I don't mind telling you guys," Shaw said. "The bar for him is Jimmy Dray, what Jimmy Dray did for us here when we first started, setting the physical tone at the line of scrimmage, tight end, and being a receiving threat. And Austin's taken that to heart ... hard worker, physical guy. But you can see what kind of pass receiver he can be."

  • WR Devon Cajuste was suspended for the game for what Shaw termed a "violation of team rules." He will return to the starting lineup against USC.

  • Kicker Jordan Williamson is the program's new all-time leading scorer (294 points). The previous record (289) was held by Eric Abrams (1992-95)."There are a lot of people that had thrown Jordan on the scrap heap. 'He's done. Why don't we have somebody else?'" Shaw said. "And you look up a couple years later, after a couple of gamewinning kicks, a couple of crunchtime field goals as well as crunchtime kickoffs, where he put the ball at the back of the end zone in big games, big moments. Now he's the alltime leading scorer in the history of Stanford football."

  • LB James Vaughters has taken the role previously owned by Shayne Skov in leading Stanford's postgame ritual: