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Stanford Pounds Rice 62-7

Stanford came out with a strong showing against Rice in the lopsided victory

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The Stanford Cardinal came out game one and did exactly what they needed to, setting the tone right away and establishing the running game with the two headed monster of Bryce Love and Cameron Scarlett. Bryce love came out the gate with speed, busting out a 62 yard run in the first quarter and both backs combining for four touchdowns in the first half, along with 227 yards pounded along the turf, with Love going for 176 of that yardage while Scarlett ran in three touchdowns.

The Cardinal also did a great job keeping the game away from quarterback Keller Chryst and his knee. They ran the ball persistently, while getting the ball out of his hands quickly. He was able to finish an early drive with a nice fade to tight end Colby Parkinson for a touchdown. He looked confident and played efficient football, completing 11 of 22 and throwing 179 yards threw the air with the touchdown and no turnovers.

On the defensive side, the Cardinal locked up the Rice offense, holding them to 71 total yards and grabbing an early sack. The Cardinal displayed their ability to lock down an opponent with a dominant 38-0 lead after two quarters.

Stanford came out just as strong in the second half, with Chryst attacking through the air, finishing with 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 completions. Love gashed the Owlets defense for 180 yards on the ground while Scarlett ended with three touchdowns. The Cardinal defense continued to keep a constricting hold on the offense and only in the fourth quarter, when the first team squads on both sides of the ball for Stanford had left, were the Owlets able to score.

This was an a predictable win for Stanford, but they came out looking exceptionally crisp on both sides. While they were supposed to win, nothing is better for a team than an early season flex to prove everyone is on the same page and the team is right on track. The offense out paced Rice to the tune of 656 total yards to the Owlets 240. This was a great team win for the Cardinal as they cruised to a ridiculous 62-7 win over Rice.