Stanford Recovers From Slow Start, Dominates Colgate


By Kellan King

Stanford’s season started with a bang when EJ Smith IV (yes, he is Emmitt Smith’s son) sprinted 87 yards on the first play of the game to give the Cardinal a 7-0 lead over Colgate. The rest of the first quarter was a slugfest between the Raiders and the Cardinal, with 2 Stanford turnovers and 2 missed field goals from Colgate keeping it at 7-0. Stanford gave the Raiders life when they muffed their second punt of the game, allowing Colgate to pounce all the ball in the end zone to tie it up at 7.

That crucial mistake seemingly lit a fire under Stanford, as Tanner McKee led the Cardinal on 3 straight touchdown drives, including a touchdown on a phenomenal catch by Senior Captain Michael Wilson, giving Stanford a 28-7 halftime lead.  The third quarter was relatively uneventful, with the Raiders scoring their first offensive points of the game on a field goal, and Stanford’s 2 short drives fizzling out. In the 4th, after Stanford added another touchdown to make it 35-10, Stanford fans got to see Sophomore QB Ari Patu. Patu excelled in his one drive, going 2 for 3 and tossing a back shoulder touchdown to Mudia Reuben. 

Overall, it was a solid first game for Stanford. Tanner McKee looked as good as ever, and the Cardinal defense was stifling. In their Week 2 matchup against USC, they will need to play well and avoid some of the costly mistakes they made against Colgate if they want to pull the upset.


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