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Oct. 8, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -
Final score: Stanford 48, Colorado 7
Nick Hirschman takes over at quarterback for Colorado. He's a local product, from Los Gatos High School, but the Buffs fail to gain a first down and punts.
Nottingham leads the Cardinal and hands the ball to Ricky Seale for a pair of carries, but the Cardinal punts.
On third-and-2, former walk-on David Parry bursts through to make the tackle for a one-yard loss on the final play of the game.
Fourth quarter (6:21 left): Stanford 48, Colorado 7
Colorado gained little in its possession and punted. Brett Nottingham takes over at quarterback for Stanford with 8:20 left in the game and the Cardinal at its own. 25.
On his first play, Nottingham throws it up Jamal-Rashad Patterson on the right side. Patterson made a play for the ball for a 22-yard gain. The series stalled and David Green came in for his first punt of the game, with 6:31 left.
Fourth quarter (11:02 left): Stanford 48, Colorado 7
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen aired a pass toward the end zone that was intercepted by Michael Thomas at the 3. It was the first interception of the season for the Cardinal. Thomas returned it 27 yards to the 30.
Stanford entered the weekend as one of three teams in the country without an interception.
Stanford goes into ball-control mode, with Stepfan Taylor carrying. Anthony Wilkerson gains 10, but another unnecessary roughness penalty on the offense sends Stanford back. That's the third on the offense in the game.
Luck, who may be done for the day, has completed 26 of 33 passes for 370 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.
End of third quarter: Stanford 41, Colorado 7
Quarterback Tyler Hansen scrambles for 25 yards, giving Colorado possession on the Stanford 37. Safety Delano Howell makes a touchdown-saving trip on tailback Rodney Stewart on the next play after an eight-yard gain. On third and 2 at the 29, Colorado picks up the first down as the quarter ends.
Third quarter (2:03 left): Stanford 41, Colorado 7
Stepfan Taylor bursts up the middle for 18 yards and Stanford goes to the no-huddle. After a short pass to Taylor, the Cardinal goes back to the huddle.
Fullback Geoff Meinken knocked a defender's helmet off in a line-of-scrimmage collision for a first down on short yardage.
By the way, Luck is 21 of 26 for 288 yards.
A pass to Chris Owusu, who finds room up the right side, puts Luck's passing yardage at 309 yards. On third and goal from the 1, Luck overthrew Levine Toilolo on a fade. On fourth down, Tyler Gaffney scores from 1-yard untouched behind right guard David DeCastro.
Stanford covers 84 yards on 14 plays and takes 6:41 off the clock. Stanford also remains perfect in scoring from the red zone this season.
Third quarter (8:44 left): Stanford 34, Colorado 7
Matt Masifilo slams into running back Toney Jones after a 1-yard gain for Colorado, but the Buffaloes begin to move the ball. Devon Carrington dives to break up one pass and Michael Thomas helps break up a third-down pass, and Colorado is forced to punt once again.
Third quarter (11:03 left): Stanford 34, Colorado 7
Colorado takes the second-half kickoff., but fails to gain a first down. Colorado had minus-one yard rushing in the first half and had one carry on the series for no gain.
Drew Terrell returned the Buffaloes' punt 31 yards to the Colorado 37, giving Stanford great field position on its opening drive of the half.
On fourth and one from the 12, Stepfan Taylor picks up three to the 10.
Luck connects with fullback Ryan Hewitt on a play-action and rollout to the left. Hewitt completes the 10-yard play for his second touchdown of the game. In 19 touches this season - carries or receptions - Hewitt has gained a first down or scored a touchdown on 16 of those.
Halftime: Stanford 27, Colorado 7
Colorado's Tyler Hansen is sacked by Chase Thomas. It's Stanford's third sack of the game.
Andrew Luck, by the way, is 14 of 18 for 219 yards, with one touchdown and one interception (off his receiver's hands).
Colorado advances to the Stanford 29 and calls a timeout with four seconds left to attempt a field goal. A 46-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
Second quarter (2:07 left): Stanford 27, Colorado 7
Colorado faces a third-and-14 on its next possession at its own 34, but a screen to Rodney Stewart, who broke a big gain on the Buffaloes' last possession, drops a screen pass that may have picked up the first down, and Colorado punts.
Stanford takes over at its own 22 with about 4:30 left in the half. Andrew Luck hits Taylor out wide for the first down and goes into the no-huddle offense. Tyler Gaffney carries the ball out of the Wildcat, taking the snap and finding room over the left side.
A long pass to tight end Coby Fleener resulted in a 36-yard gain to the 1. On the next play, fullback Ryan Hewitt goes in motion to the left and then switches direction, and catches a short pass for a touchdown from Luck.
Second quarter (6:48 left): Stanford 20, Colorado 7
Fullback Ryan Hewitt caught a short pass for a first down. Tyler Gaffney carried the ball after taking the snap from the Wildcat formation, picked up 15 yards and was hit out of bounds, adding 15 more.
With the ball at the 13, Gaffney carried again, but a late hit by Stanford lineman Cameron Fleming after the play brought the ball back to the 24 and second down.
After a loss, Stanford has a third and 26 at the 28. But Luck steps up in the pocket and finds Griff Whalen on the run. Whalen is tackled at the 1 after a 27-yard gain, but Jeremy Stewart carries for the score over the right side on the next play.
Jordan Williamson nails the extra-point.
Second quarter (9:37 left): Stanford 13, Colorado 7
Stanford takes possession at its own 36 after a 21-yard return of a short kick by Ty Montgomery.
A deep ball into the far left corner of the end zone to Fleener was too far. On the next play, a pass to Chris Owusu bounced out of the receiver's hands and was intercepted.
Colorado, on third down, was sacked, with Hansen being pulled down by A.J. Tarpley with the pocket closing quickly from all sides.
Colorado punts and Stanford takes over at its own 47.
Second quarter (12:54 left): Stanford 13, Colorado 7
Colorado showed off its best weapon when quarter Tyler Hansen found tailback Rodney Stewart on a 76-yard pass play that began as a swing pass to the right side. Stewart cut back to evade several defenders and used his speed to race across the field and down the left sideline to the Stanford 5.
A shovel pass from Hansen to Tony Jones resulted in a 5-yard touchdown.
Second quarter (14:06 left): Stanford 13, Colorado 0
Andrew Luck was hit as he threw and his pass toward Griff Whalen was incomplete, Luck's first incompletion of the game. On third down, Stanford set up a screen over the middle to Ty Montgomery, but the freshman receiver dropped the pass in what looked to be a long gain.
Jordan Williamson then attempted a 47-yard field goal, but it was wide right. That was the first missed field goal try of the season for Williamson.
End of first quarter: Stanford 13, Colorado 0
Colorado takes possession at its own 20.
Tyler Hansen passes to Toney Clemens for 11 yards. On third down, Hansen's pass in the flat with linebacker Chase Thomas in his face was incomplete, with Terrence Brown hitting the receiver hard as the ball arrived.
On the ensuing punt, Drew Terrell found daylight with a swift change of direction, but his 18-yard run was nullified by a holding penalty, giving Stanford the ball at its own 18.
Stanford goes no-huddle and Andrew Luck finds tight end Zach Ertz for 23. Luck's push pass finds Gaffney for 11, and Stanford, with three tight ends and Chris Owusu on the field hands the ball off to Gaffney for eight to the Colorado 38.
An Anthony Wilkerson run gives Stanford a first down at the Buffaloes' 35 as the quarter ends.
First quarter (5:33 left): Stanford 13, Colorado 0
Colorado likes to blitz and has 17 sacks this season. The challenge for Stanford will be recognizing the blitz and exploiting the gaps in pass defense. Luck hits Whalen on the next play, for 16.
Stanford goes to a no-huddle on third down and 7, and Luck hits Levine Toilolo down the middle, and over the linebacker for 27, down to the Colorado 11.
Luck finds Toilolo again for 10 yards. No huddle and Taylor runs off left tackle for the 1-yard touchdown run behind pulling guard David DeCastro.
Jordan Williamson's extra-point try, however, bounced off the right upright and was no good.
First quarter (9:22 left): Stanford 7, Colorado 0
After the kickoff, Colorado takes possession at its own 32. Jarek Lancaster flushed Tyler Hansen out of the pocket on second down, and on the next play Blake Lueders sacked the quarterback for an eight-yard loss to force a punt.
First quarter (11:01 left): Stanford 7, Colorado 0
Stanford muffed the short opening kickoff. Jeremy Stewart ran forward to catch the ball, but was unable to control it and the ball rolled to a Colorado player, who fell on the ball at the Stanford 36-yard line.
The Buffaloes picked up two quick first downs, setting up a first-and-10 at the 12. Remember, Stanford hasn't trailed all season.
Linebacker Chase Thomas stopped Rodney Stewart for no gain, swooping in from the side. Johnson Bademosi stopped Stewart on the next play out wide for no gain. On third down, Tyler Hansen's pass over the middle went through the hands of his receiver.
Will Oliver's 29-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Max Bergen, who came up the middle untouched and returned the kick 75 yards for the touchdown.
Stanford still has never fallen behind.
Stanford enters the game as the No. 7-ranked team in the country by AP and No. 4 in the USA Today coaches' poll.
The Cardinal is 4-0 overall and carries a 12-game winning streak, the nation's longest and one away from tying the school record, set in 1940. At 2-0 in conference play, Stanford enters Saturday's play in a three-way tie for the North Division lead, with Oregon and Washington.
Colorado, at 1-4 and 0-1, is in its first season in the Pac-12 and returns to Stanford Stadium for the first time since 1993 when Stanford won a controversial 41-37 contest.