As one of the most promising and productive periods in the program’s history ends, the real challenge for first-year head coach David Shaw begins this offseason: Keeping the Cardinal among the nation’s elite.
Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 3 Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl.
It’s been a long, difficult year for the Fiesta Bowl, first with a dud of a game, then nearly losing its BCS status after an investigation into financial improprieties.
Andrew Luck cemented his status atop Stanford’s record books, made his final case for the Heisman Trophy and put the program in position for a second straight BCS bowl.
All season Stanford coach David Shaw has kept quiet about the Bowl Championship Series rankings and tried to keep the focus on his team’s upcoming opponent.
Saturday’s game between No. 3 Stanford and sixth-ranked Oregon may not generate the same kind of hype as LSU-Alabama, but it has the potential to be one of the greatest games in a conference that’s had its share over the years.
Stanford is ranked fourth in the BCS standings after a comeback triple overtime victory at USC Saturday.
Despite improvements by teams like Arizona State and Washington that have added depth to the conference, the Pac-12 is still being dominated by the teams at the top.
Andrew Luck threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns Monday night to lead fifth-ranked Stanford past No. 12 Virginia Tech 40-12.
Even though the Cardinal are playing some 2,500 miles away from the home stadium they don’t always fill, coach Jim Harbaugh is confident.