Saturday, September 13, 2014

Football Falls to Nationally Ranked Cardinal

The connection between Stanford's Kevin Hogan and Devon Cajuste produced three touchdowns through the air as the 15th-ranked Cardinal defeated the Black Knights, 35-0, on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium in front of 49,680 fans.

Army (1-1) had 207 yards of total offense with 198 yards on the ground. A.J. Schurr rushed for a team-high 65 yards, all coming in the fourth quarter. Larry Dixon added 60 yards on 19 rushes. Angel Santiago was 2-for-2 for 13 yards in the passing game. Edgar Poe led the way receiving with one catch for 10 yards.

Stanford (2-1) was led by Kevin Hogan, who threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns. He was 20-for-28 and three of his passes were touchdowns to Devon Cajuste, which was a personal game-high. Ty Montgomery contributed with a pair of touchdowns, one on the ground and through the air.

The Cardinal got on the board first with Cajuste hauling in the first of his three on the day with a 23-yard touchdown strike from Hogan for the an early 7-0 lead. Cajuste broke the route to the corner of the end zone and Hogan found him. The drive was nine plays and ate up 4:16 on the clock. Army had an opportunity to stop Stanford in its own end, but Hogan found Austin Hooper in the middle of the field to convert the 3rd-and-4 with a nine-yard completion.

The Black Knights kept Stanford out of the end zone the rest of the quarter thanks to a pair of big third-down stops. The first came on a 3rd-and-1 and Jeremy Timpf flew up the gap and stopped the Cardinal running back for a loss of two, forcing the first punt of the day. The next stop came on third and long. Josh Jenkins jumped a route on Army's sideline and almost picked off Hogan, but the ball was tipped out of play.

Army forced the game's first turnover, which came on special teams with 13:54 on the clock in the second. Timpf came up and stuck Montgomery, who put the ball on the ground on a punt return early in the second and Matt Giachinta pounced on it for the recovery. The turnover gave Army its first plays on the Stanford side of the field. The Black Knights, however, couldn't capitalize and ended up punting after a reverse with Xavier Moss was sniffed out by the Cardinal defense on third down.

Stanford earned its best field position of the opening half after Dixon fumbled at his own 15-yard line, giving the Cardinal a chance with 1:28 left before halftime. Four plays later, Stanford made it 14-0 with Hogan connecting with Cajuste again. This time it was a fade in the corner of the end zone as Cajusted leaped over the Army defender for the score.

The lead increased to 21-0 in favor of the Cardinal with 2:51 left in the third quarter as Cajuste and Hogan found each other again. The 98-yard scoring drive took nine plays with one of the highlights coming from Barry Sanders, who rushed for 44 yards to help set up the 10-yard touchdown pass from Hogan.

Montgomery made it 28-0 after off the wildcat formation with 12:35 remaining in the game and then he caught a 32-yard touchdown pass for his second visit to pay dirt to make it 35-0 with just over six minutes left.

Army is back in action next Saturday at Wake Forest for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN3.

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