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Posted September 3, 2014 by in

GetSportsFocus.com – Stanford debuted true freshman talent Christian McCaffrey in season opener VS UCDavis.
McCaffrey caught the first pass of his collegiate career from QB Kevin Hogan and took it 52-yards for the Cardinal’s fourth TD of the game. Stanford went on to shut out UCDavis 45-0.
Head Coach David Shaw called the young freshman “dynamic”, “explosive” and “physical”.
Stanford will host USC next, to open up Pac-12.


GetSportsFocus.com – by: Jack Duffy

PALO ALTO, CA – As is the theme for many Week 1 games in the NCAA, larger schools beat up on smaller schools, and that certainly was the case at The Farm Saturday afternoon as the PAC-12 powerhouse Stanford Cardinal beat up on the smaller UC Davis Aggies 45-0.
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After forcing a three-and-out on UCD’s opening drive, Ty Montgomery wasted no time getting Stanford on the board, taking the punt 60 yards to the house to put the Cardinal up 7-0 with over 12 minutes to go in the first quarter.
“I’m pretty sure at least someone touched me a couple times, but long story short the other 10 guys on the field did a great job getting up blocks. I was able to find a seam and get it,” said Montgomery.
The Cardinal began another drive at the eight-minute mark after forcing another Davis punt, which culminated in Kevin Hogan diving into the end zone from the one-yard line. The 12-play, 67-yard drive took seven minutes, and the 14-0 Stanford lead carried to the end of the first quarter.
Stanford struck again at the 9:10 mark of the second on a 40-yard pass form Hogan to Michael Rector, extending the lead to 21-0. The play was the only one of the drive and lasted only 40 seconds.
The trend of short drives continued for the rest of the half.
First, a 52-yard touchdown pass from Hogan to true freshman Christian McCaffrey (drive time of 0:53), then a 44-yard touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery (drive time of 3:03), and finally a Jordan Williams 32 yard field goal (drive time of 0:31). Following the touchdown pass to McCaffrey, the completed PAT by Williams made him the all-time leading scorer in Stanford history. The halftime score was 38-0.
“It’s great, it’s a real honor. But to be honest, it’s a testament to how the team has done over the past few years since I have been here. Without the guys scoring touchdowns and putting up points, I wouldn’t be here,” said Williams.
Hogan finished the half 12-16 for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Montgomery scored two touchdowns, one receiving and one through the air. He totaled up 77 yards receiving and 74 yards returning punts. His two punts Saturday were the first of his Stanford career.
After the half, Stanford played only the second team, which maintained the pressure on defense, but did not add much to the lead. Either way, the victory had been locked up early in the first half.
The second half’s lone score came around the 8:30 mark of the fourth quarter, when Evan Crower found former De La Salle Spartan Austin Hooper over the middle for a 14 yard score, extending the lead to the eventual final of 45-0.
In total, UC Davis posted just 115 yards of offense compared to Stanford’s 461; it was a game the Aggies will certainly like to forget. They return home to play Fort Lewis next week at 6PM.
As for Stanford, the number 11 Cardinal takes on 15 USC next week at The Farm.
“We have a big game next week, and if we’re a good team we have a lot of big games coming up,” said coach David Shaw. “This game is at home, some of them are on the road. For us, we can’t care about where it is or who it is, we have to recognize it’s time to play big time college football.”
The game will be televised on ABC; kickoff is at 12:30.

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