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July 24, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
Stanford head coach David Shawn made it clear Tuesday that nobody can replace Andrew Luck, his All-American quarterback who was selected No. 1 overall in April's NFL Draft. But if thePac-12 preseason media poll is any indication, Shaw should have enough talented players returning  to remain competitive. Stanford was picked in the poll to finish second in the North Division, just behind defending conference champion Oregon. The Cardinal also received five first-place votes and garnered the third most points in the conference.
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January 2, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Some people probably think quarterback Jim Plunkett led Stanford to its last Rose Bowl victory. It's understandable if memories are foggy, because it's been that long. It was actually Don Bunce, backed by the "Thunderchickens" defense, back in 1972. The losing team was Michigan and Stanford was still nicknamed "Indians. " No wonder, then, Stanford so thunderously celebrated its 20-14 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday in front of 93,359 on a chilly, crisp day. You forget how hard it is to do this.
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September 15, 2012 | By Gary Klein and Mike Hiserman
Stanford 21, USC 14 (final score) The 21st-ranked Cardinal shut down the Trojans' vaunted offense, picking off two passes by Matt Barkley and keeping the senior quarterback to only 20-of-41 passing for 253 yards and no touchdowns on Saturday evening at Palo Alto. Stanford also rushed for 200 yards while holding USC to 23 and Josh Nunes, the quarterback who replaced Andrew Luck, completed 14 of 31 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Stanford 21, USC 14 (10:20 left in fourth quarter)
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January 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 (final) The 99th Rose Bowl became a game of firsts when the Cardinal took a 20-14 victory Tuesday in Pasadena. Stanford Coach David Shaw earned his first win in the contest, Wisconsin Athletic Director and acting coach Barry Alvarez lost for the first time and the only turnover proved decisive. The Cardinal, who won the big game for the first time since 1972, nursed a 17-14 halftime lead through a scoreless third quarter before finally driving into field-goal range for the only points of the second half.
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November 30, 2012 | Christ Foster
What UCLA needs The Bruins have little chance of winning without a better game from Johnathan Franklin. He was held to 65 yards in 21 carries by Stanford last Saturday. That laid the groundwork for the Cardinal's 35-17 victory. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was sacked a season-high seven times. A big game from Franklin will take pressure off Hundley, literally and figuratively. It's a big challenge. The Cardinal has the nation's No. 1 defense against the run, giving up an average of 71.3 yards a game.
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September 30, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Defensive end Datone Jones assessed the challenge ahead for UCLA's football team in simple terms. "They're just Stanford," Jones said. "That's all you need to know. " Maybe. But you should also know that the Stanford team the Bruins will face Saturday night in Palo Alto has a relatively new approach to doing things. There was a time when playing Stanford meant chasing after wide receivers while quarterbacks like Jim Plunkett or John Elway threw the ball around for 60 minutes.
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November 30, 2012 | Times staff reports
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (final) A 51-yard field-goal attempt by Ka'imi Fairbairn fell short and wide left. The kick was attempted with 39 seconds left in an interesting choice by UCLA Coach Jim Mora. The Bruins, who were out of timeouts, faced a fourth-and-five situation from the Stanford 34, and they tried the field goal instead of going for a first down and the chance for a few more plays. Fairbairn, a freshman kicking on a wet field, had one field goal of longer than 35 yards on his college resume -- a 48-yarder against Stanford last Saturday.
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January 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 (final) The 99th Rose Bowl became a game of firsts when the Cardinal took a 20-14 victory Tuesday in Pasadena. Stanford Coach David Shaw earned his first win in the contest, Wisconsin Athletic Director and acting coach Barry Alvarez lost for the first time and the only turnover proved decisive. The Cardinal, who won the big game for the first time since 1972, nursed a 17-14 halftime lead through a scoreless third quarter before finally driving into field-goal range for the only points of the second half.
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September 19, 2011 | Associated Press
Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping Stanford pull away for a 37-10 victory over host Arizona in a game that ended late Saturday night. Stanford, 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pacific 12 Conference, struggled to find the end zone in the first half, then wore Arizona down in the second. Luck picked the Wildcats apart on 20-for-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth.
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August 11, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Let's dive right in: Is Stanford a program or a period piece? The team's remarkable success in recent years could be attributable to two men: Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck. Harbaugh arrived unannounced in 2007 after the Walt Harris/Buddy Teevens coaching fiascoes and stuck it in thePac-10 Conference's ear hole. Stanford took on Harbaugh's square-jawed combativeness, and the Cardinal turned into something it had never before been: feared. Harbaugh's first year yielded an all-time haymaker when, as a 41-point underdog, Stanford shocked USC at the Coliseum - with somebody named Tavita Pritchard at quarterback.
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December 29, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Stanford had a no-show for the Rose Bowl's media day Saturday. Kulabafi. Running back Stepfan Taylor was there. But his alter ego, that hip personality that allows him explore a different side of life, was a no-show. Maybe it was the less-than-scintillating Rose Bowl matchup between a five-loss Wisconsin team and Stanford, or maybe it was Kulabafi's magnetic personality, but the first six questions for Taylor were about the guy who wears the leopard-print sweater and dark sunglasses.
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December 1, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Rose Bowl officials are seeing red, but not because they're angry. Stanford's victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 Conference championship game Friday ensured that the 99th Rose Bowl would be awash in hues of one color on New Year's Day. That Wisconsin will be the other team contributing to the palette is somewhat of a surprise. But the Badgers' 70-31 victory over No. 14 Nebraska in Saturday's Big Ten Conference title game puts them in Pasadena for the third consecutive season. "There's going to be a lot of red in this stadium," Rose Bowl executive Kevin Ash said.
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November 30, 2012 | Christ Foster
What UCLA needs The Bruins have little chance of winning without a better game from Johnathan Franklin. He was held to 65 yards in 21 carries by Stanford last Saturday. That laid the groundwork for the Cardinal's 35-17 victory. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was sacked a season-high seven times. A big game from Franklin will take pressure off Hundley, literally and figuratively. It's a big challenge. The Cardinal has the nation's No. 1 defense against the run, giving up an average of 71.3 yards a game.
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November 30, 2012 | Times staff reports
Stanford 27, UCLA 24 (final) A 51-yard field-goal attempt by Ka'imi Fairbairn fell short and wide left. The kick was attempted with 39 seconds left in an interesting choice by UCLA Coach Jim Mora. The Bruins, who were out of timeouts, faced a fourth-and-five situation from the Stanford 34, and they tried the field goal instead of going for a first down and the chance for a few more plays. Fairbairn, a freshman kicking on a wet field, had one field goal of longer than 35 yards on his college resume -- a 48-yarder against Stanford last Saturday.
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November 29, 2012 | By Chris Foster
PALO ALTO - The last time UCLA played in the Rose Bowl game, Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley was 5 years old. "I was a little boy," Hundley said. "A very little boy. " It has been a long time. A very long time. The Bruins' last bowl trip to Pasadena was after the 1998 season, making this the longest Rose Bowl drought in UCLA history. That can end Friday night. All the Bruins have to do is beat Stanford, a team they lost to last Saturday. If the Bruins have adjusted enough to turn the tables, they will be off to the Rose Bowl.
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November 28, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA may have a shot at stopping Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor in the Pac-12 Conference title game Friday. But Kulabafi, that hip guy with the dark glasses and leopard print sweater, could be a handful. Taylor, you see, can come at you out of multiple offensive sets - and with multiple personalities. There is the running back with tree-trunk legs who is 36 yards from setting Stanford's career rushing record. He is a soft-spoken Texan, a senior who is majoring in science, technology and society.
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September 12, 2012 | By Gary Klein
T.J. McDonald's mind-set has not changed. "I'm still going to play physical," he said Wednesday. "It's the only way I know how to play this game. " But McDonald, USC's senior safety, acknowledged that he worked to refine his tackling technique after he was suspended last season. The Pac-12 Conference disciplined McDonald in October, a few days after he delivered a fourth-quarter hit on Stanford receiver Chris Owusu in USC's 56-48 triple-overtime loss to the Cardinal. The conference described Owusu as a "defenseless opponent" on the play.
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September 15, 2012 | By Gary Klein and Mike Hiserman
Like the poster in the Stanford student section said: "Luck had nothing to do with it. " Josh Nunes is no Andrew Luck, but Stanford's new quarterback was plenty good enough Saturday to keep Stanford's winning streak against USC going. It's now four games. Stanford, ranked No. 21, shocked the No. 2 Trojans, 21-14, at Palo Alto. Nunes, a junior from Upland, came up with two of the game's biggest plays in a three-play span early in the fourth quarter. On third and 10 from midfield, Nunes scrambled for a 13-yard gain, making two Trojans defenders miss when he was four yards short of a first down.
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November 22, 2012 | By Chris Foster
The Pac-12 Conference's year of the redshirt quarterback has a new contestant. Kevin Hogan hasn't earned the reputation of Oregon's Marcus Mariota or UCLA's Brett Hundley - Hogan wasn't even in Stanford's quarterback competition back in August - but his resume already has an eye-catcher. He beat the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. Hogan, who ascended to the starting spot only three weeks ago, guided the Cardinal past Oregon, 17-14, last week, throwing the touchdown pass that sent the game into overtime.
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November 21, 2012 | By Chris Foster
For weeks, UCLA has been chasing around tofu-like offenses - the spreads, the no-huddle, etc. Now comes a little meat-and-potatoes. Stanford, UCLA's opponent at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, is strictly no-frills on offense, with Stepfan Taylor running behind a physical line. Taylor is the first Cardinal running back to have three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He has 1,222 yards this season. "Like any good back you have to play square, you have to be able to disengage" from a block, UCLA Coach Jim Mora said.
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