Stanford Football: Mike Gundy
January, 5, 2012
Lots of chatter today about Stanford's schedule.
- Cal and Stanford athletic directors upset Big Game is going to be played in October.
- Moving the Big Game to October is a blow to tradition.
- Winning eight games in 2012 is likely for the Cardinal.
- Don't let your babies grow up to be kickers, writes Chris Dufresne.
- How many draft picks would Andrew Luck be worth?
- OSU coach Mike Gundy says he's never been a part of any game like the Fiesta Bowl.
January, 2, 2012
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The offenses fizzled early, exploded late and the two marquee playmakers in the this game, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, shined on the brightest stage. It was so good, 60 minutes couldn’t contain it. Here’s how it all went down, with Oklahoma State winning 41-38 over Stanford in overtime in the desert:
How the game was won: In the first overtime, after Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson missed a 43-yard field goal attempt (he previously missed a 35-yard attempt for the win as time expired in regulation), Brandon Weeden connected with Colton Chelf on a 24-yard pass down to the Stanford 1-yard line. Weeden took a knee to center the ball, setting up a 22-yard field goal that Quinn Sharp nailed.
Second guessing: Trailing 28-21, an interesting decision by OSU coach Mike Gundy to kick a 19-yard field goal rather than going for it on fourth-and-goal at the Stanford 1-yard line. Not saying it was the wrong call, but clearly it was the conservative one. Hey, they won.
Stanford player of the game: As good as Luck was, running back Stepfan Taylor was fantastic, carrying 35 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He made holes when they weren’t there and exploded through the ones that were.
Oklahoma State player of the game: Blackmon was everything the Cardinal thought he would be -- and a whole lot more. The wide receiver caught eight balls for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He was clearly the most athletic player on the field.
What it means: For two teams feeling more than a little disrespected for being left out of the national championship game, both showed why they there were among the nation’s elite this season. Oklahoma State was the benefactor of a couple of missed field goals, but fought their way back all game and proved to be the more clutch team in overtime. For the Cardinal, it’s a disappointing end to the Luck era -- one of the most successful stretches in school history.
December, 23, 2011
Stanford chatter heading into Christmas weekend.
- A neat little press release about some Stanford players volunteering at the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto and the Haven Family House in Menlo Park. Call me a softy, but I love stories like this.
- A look at Stanford's draft history of multiple first-round picks. Three (Andrew Luck, David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin) would be a first for the Cardinal.
- The Colts win against the Texans adds new intrigue to Luck's potential landing spot.
- If teams are going to trade draft picks for Luck, it/he, better be worth it.
- While some schools are struggling to sell bowl game tickets, Stanford and Oklahoma State are doing just fine.
- While Oklahoma State preps for the Fiesta Bowl, Mike Gundy's contract talks have accelerated, reports Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World.
December, 22, 2011
Catching up on Thursday's Stanford news.
- In keeping with the football-baseball theme of this morning's post, here's a great Q&A with former Cardinal Mike Dotterer, the only Cardinal to ever earn four letters in football and baseball.
- You saw Wednesday's mock draft by Todd McShay , here's another one that has Andrew Luck, Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro all going in the top 10.
- More on Stanford's Fiesta Bowl opponent: Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman weighs in on the Mike Gundy contract brouhaha with Oklahoma State. If anyone's been disloyal, it's been Gundy, but this story has only one logical conclusion.
- If the Colts keep winning, Luck is back in play for several teams.
- Losing for Luck isn't part of Indy's game plan.
- Some more on the Tom Williams resignation at Yale and his connection to Stanford.
December, 20, 2011
Catching up on Stanford's football team, Andrew Luck and Oklahoma State.
- David Shaw is looking to cap his first season as head coach with a BCS bowl victory.
- The Colts have a tough decision to make about the future of their franchise.
- It would not be wise for the St. Louis Rams to drop games to get back into the Luck sweepstakes.
- Vikings could also be in the hunt for Luck. Could we see a Luck/Toby Gerhart reunion in the Twin Cities?
- OSU coach Mike Gundy should be rewarded for his loyalty to the program.
- You've heard about it, but have you ever really learned about it? Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman takes you inside OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden's minor league baseball days.
Shaw Plans To Remain At Stanford
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