Stanford football coach David Shaw addressed the media following Stanford’s crushing win over the Oregon Ducks Saturday afternoon. Shaw said that the plan was to give quarterback Keller Chryst a couple of games to get comfortable and allow the offense to establish the run before balancing the offense with more passing. According to Shaw, Chryst was much more comfortable this game and he thought Chryst threw the ball very well on Saturday. After several great weeks of practice it was evident to Shaw that if Chryst gets comfortable he can move the ball through the air. To that end Shaw challenged the offensive line to step up and allow Chryst time to get comfortable.
In preparation for the game Shaw said:
“He (Chyrst) and I had talked about it multiple times and said let’s make it look like practice. Just drop back, get comfortable, put the ball out there and let a guy go get it. This is not rocket science. We get a one on one with our receivers give them a chance to make a play, and he did that.”
On defense the plan was to not worry about yards, but to focus on keeping the Ducks out of the end zone. The defense did a great job of keeping Oregon out of the end zone despite giving up 27 (14 or the Ducks 27 points were in garbage time). Joey Alfieri’s two interceptions were praised as excellent effort plays.
The big takeaway for Shaw was the team’s fight. He was proud of how hard the team played and how much energy they brought to the game. There certainly were mistakes like penalties and missed tackles that Shaw would like to clean up but he referred to them as “effort mistakes” which he was fine with given the outcome of the game.
On the injury front, Solomon Thomas left the game but was cleared to go back in. The decision was made to hold him out because of how lopsided the score was. Shaw reiterated that Thomas will be fine next week. Zach Hoffpauir was injured late in the game last week against Oregon State and the decision was made late this week to keep him out against Oregon. Shaw said Hoffpauir will be ready to go for Big Game.
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