Stanford marched into Sun Devil Stadium with a dream, and left smelling like Roses.
The Cardinals came out strong, barely a minute into the game, when RB Tyler Gaefney broke free for a 69 yard TD. DJ Foster of the Sun Devils responded minutes later with a 51 yard TD run of his own, but the couldn’t keep the Cardinals from scoring again when Gaffney capped a 60 yard drive off with a another TD. The Stanford defense then locked down on the Sun Devils until late in the 2nd quarter when QB Taylor Kelly found DJ Foster open for a 65 yard TD pass. Tack on two more rushing touchdowns for Stanford, and the Cardinals and Sun Devils went to their respective locker rooms at the half with Stanford up 28-14.
The Sun Devils started with the ball the second half but missed a field goal after being stalled out by Stanford. When ASU got the ball back, the Sun Devils pulled together an impressive drive, but again were stopped at the 1 yard line by an even more impressive Stanford goal line stand. Stanford then proceeded to drive the ball 99 yards where Kevin Hogan found Ty Montgomery in the end zone for Stanford’s only passing TD of the game. Neither team did much the rest of the fourth quarter, but the damage was done and Stanford beat Arizona State 38-14.
With this win, Stanford sets their sights on the Michigan State Spartans at the Rose Bowl. Stanford also extends their BCS bowl streak to 4 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active streak of BCS bids. The steak also ties Miami, USC, Ohio State and the Oregon Ducks for longest consecutive BCS bid streak. This is certainly a great time for the Stanford Cardinals.