STANFORD — Tight End University is graduating two more of its finest.
All-American Zach Ertz and fellow redshirt junior Levine Toilolo announced Monday that they would forego their final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the NFL draft.
While the moves had been somewhat expected, the Cardinal’s recent run of success — and the emergence of quarterback Kevin Hogan — made both consider returning for one more run at a national title. Read More
Unable to hit free throws with any consistency down the stretch, No. 7 Cal still found a recipe for success with some old-fashioned defense and rebounding.
Brittany Boyd scored 15 points, Reshanda Gray and Afure Jemerigbe both rebounded missed free throws in the late going and Layshia Clarendon figured in a defensive stop that prevented a last-second shot as Cal hung on to beat No. 20 Colorado 53-49 on Sunday. Read More
Chiney Ogwumike scored 20 points, Sara James added a career-high 18 and No. 4 Stanford defeated Utah 70-56 on Sunday.
The Cardinal (13-1, 2-0 Pac-12) extended their conference winning streak to 80 games and improved to 15-0 against the Utes. Ogwumike entered the game having posted 10 straight double-doubles, but she managed just six rebounds against the Utes. Read More
Sometimes, the buildup to a game can overwhelm what actually happens on the field.
Certainly, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama would have to play nothing less than a classic football game to live up to all the hype for tonight’s BCS championship. Read More
Jio Fontan scored 15 points including a pair of tiebreaking free throws with 6.9 seconds to play and USC pulled out a 71-69 victory over Stanford on Thursday night in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both schools.
Eric Wise added 14 points for USC (6-8). Four of the Trojans’ losses have come against schools that are currently among the top 20 in the nation including Minnesota, Illinois, San Diego State and New Mexico.
The Trojans finished last season with a school-record 26 losses and were 1-17 in the conference. Read More
Oregon’s DeAnthony Thomas raced 94 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.
The fifth-ranked Ducks barely looked back after that.
Triggered by Thomas’ attention-grabbing return, Oregon raced past No. 7 Kansas State 35-17 Thursday night at the Fiesta Bowl in what may have been coach Chip Kelly’s final game with the Ducks.
Teams that had that national title aspirations end on the same day, Oregon and Kansas State ended up in the desert for a marquee matchup billed as a battle of styles: The fast-flying Ducks vs. the execution-is-everything Wildcats. Read More
Two teams seemingly headed in different directions meet when UCLA and Cal open Pac-12 Confernce play against one another today.
After starting the season 6-0, Cal has lost four of its last six games. The Bears are coming off a demoralizing 67-62 loss to Harvard on Saturday, and have been bit by the injury bug in recent weeks. Read More
For the Stanford men’s basketball team, the Pac-12 Conference season couldn’t come at a better time.
Despite coming off an uninspiring 65-59 victory over Lafayette on Saturday, Stanford has won five of its past six games entering today’s conference opener at Southern Cal. The Cardinal (9-4) are still seeking a signature win after losing nonconference games to Missouri, Minnesota and North Carolina State.
The Cardinal are last in the Pac-12 in shooting percentage at 40.9, but the team has shot better than 40 percent in each of their past three games. Read More
After a 14-point flourish to start the game, the Stanford offense went stagnant in the 99th Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.
But the Cardinal leaned on its most reliable commodity to secure its first Rose Bowl victory since 1972.
The Stanford defense, which came into the game as the third-best in the nation at stopping the run, held the Big Ten Conference champions scoreless and to 82 yards of total offense in the second half to seal a 20-14 win. Read More
On the surface, Stanford and Wisconsin appear to be mirror images of each other. But the teams traveled vastly different paths to reach the Rose Bowl this season.
The 99th version of the game known as the “Granddaddy of Them All” will feature two smash-mouth offenses, two of college football’s best running backs and a pair of quarterbacks who started the season as third stringers. But the programs colliding at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New Year’s Day are arriving from opposite directions. Read More