Stanford couldn’t have asked for a much better way to open their 2014 season, as rough memories of a 2005 matchup were replaced with touchdowns and overall dominance in the Cardinal’s 45-0 steamrolling of UC Davis on Saturday afternoon.
The first touchdown came before Kevin Hogan even touched the field, when Ty Montgomery made the most of his first punt return as a Cardinal, scoring on a 60 yard punt return at the 12:07 mark. A later 44 yard pass helped Montgomery score once more, and the senior finished his day with 85 total yards and two touchdowns.
Hogan then came in and scored a touchdown of his own by diving into the endzone with just over a minute left in the first. The following quarter saw two more touchdowns for Stanford, as Michael Rector caught a 40 yard pass from Hogan and Christian McCaffrey logged his first career reception and ran in the 52 yard pass to make it 28-0.
One more 44 yard pass to Montgomery and a Jordan Williamson field goal gave Stanford a 38-point lead at the half. Williamson’s field goal allowed him to become Stanford’s all time leading scorer, passing Eric Abrams at 289.
Hogan led the charge on Saturday afternoon, ending his day 12-for-16 with 204 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. That one interception by Ade Jackson was quickly turned around, as Stanford’s Wayne Lyons tipped a pass from the Aggies’ London Lacy, helping Peter Kalambayi record his first career interception.
The Stanford defense held UC Davis scoreless, as the Aggies were only able to manage 61 rushing and 54 passing yards on Saturday afternoon. Justin Williams, Colton Silveria, and Jermale Jefferson combined to log Davis’ only rushing yards, compared to the 12 that made up Stanford’s 149 rush yards, not to mention the twelve different receivers that logged the Cardinal’s 312 pass yards.
Next week should be a 180 from today’s game, as Stanford welcomes in USC for what should be another solid matchup between division title hopefuls. While Stanford has prevailed over the Trojans three out of their last four meetings, the most recent match-up ended in an upset for the Cardinal. Like 2005’s meeting, last November’s will be one to make up for as well.
Kickoff at 12:30pm next Saturday.