With the book closed on 2021, Stanford will have to sit with a seven-game losing streak heading into next year.
The game finished 41-11 in Berkeley’s favor, and their fans poured onto the field. “Really disappointing,” said head coach David Shaw.
With sophomore quarterback Tanner McKee ruled out for the second straight week, head coach David Shaw turned over the keys to the offense to true freshman Ari Patu.
Stanford (3-4, 2-3 Pac-12) lost its fifth-straight game against Washington State (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) on Saturday evening, falling 34-31 in Pullman.
Missed opportunities were the story of the first half for the Cardinal. All six of their offensive possessions ended in Arizona State territory, but Stanford managed only seven points in the half.
Sophomore quarterback Tanner McKee delivered when it mattered most — closing out regulation with a beautiful touchdown drive to tie the score and piecing together another clutch shot to the end zone in OT.
The Stanford offense struggled mightily to open the game, with the offense failing to record a first down in their first five possessions. Stanford lost 35-24.
The last time the football team took the field in Stanford Stadium was a loss to Colorado on Nov. 14, 2020. But Stanford hasn’t played in front of home fans since Nov. 30, 2019, when they lost to then No. 15 Notre Dame. Now on a two-game win streak, however, the Cardinal (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) direct their attention to No. 24 UCLA (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) — a front-runner for the Pac-12 South title despite the fact that the Bruins have yet to play a conference game.
The unranked Cardinal (1-1, 1-0 Pac-12) entered the game as 17.5-point underdogs, and the first play of the game was a sign of the unexpected things to come — No. 14 USC’s (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) starting kicker was ejected for targeting on the opening kickoff.
No. 14 Southern California enters the 2021 game off of a commanding 30-7 win against San José State in USC’s home opener, while the unranked Cardinal hope to improve upon a lackluster 24-7 loss to Kansas State. That being said, it seems like the Trojans’ game to lose.
The Stanford Daily’s Sports Twitter published a bracket and corresponding polls in search of the top Stanford athlete of the 2020-21 season.
No. 28 Stanford (15-5, 8-2 Pac-12) women’s tennis saw its season come to a close Sunday afternoon in Malibu, Calif., as it fell 4-2 to No. 5 Pepperdine (29-3, 8-0 WCC).
Women’s basketball played arguably its worst half of basketball this season against Louisville in the Elite Eight on Tuesday, but stormed back with a 52-25 second half to secure a 15-point victory. The Cardinal will face off against South Carolina in the Final Four on Friday, and a victory would set up either a Pac-12 showdown with Arizona or a battle between the two winningest coaches in Division I women’s basketball history in Geno Auriemma’s UConn Huskies. Do the Cardinal get past the Gamecocks, and if so, does it lift the trophy Sunday afternoon?