The Stanford Cardinal have not been good when it comes to stopping the run this season. It doesn’t matter which way you slice it, win or loss, they’ve been gashed by the run far too often in this short season.
Oregon ran for 267 yards including 105 from CJ Verdell in the first outing.
Colorado and Jarek Broussard ran for 176 including 121 for Broussard while QB Sam Noyer toted the rock for two touchdowns.
Cal found their biggest success on the ground with 264 yards as a team including 121 to true freshman Damien Moore.
Even Washington scored three times on the ground and ran for over 120 yards on standard runs, which by all accounts was a terrible performance from them.
In particular, they’ve struggled to set the edge and teams have run for 388 yards on just carries outside the tackles including seven touchdowns.
This is concerning because now that Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson has been cleared to play in the game against Stanford after missing last week’s game against Utah, because Jefferson has run for 172 yards on just 34 carries outside the tackles. He’s extremely dangerous when he gets in space and if history repeats itself for Stanford, Jefferson could be in for a big day.
Here’s hoping the Cardinal can bring that A-game in terms of run defense that we saw them seemingly finally turn the corner with against Washington.
Here’s what’s happening in other news around the football team:
Oregon St vs Stanford sneak peek | Oregon Live
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Pac-12 Power Ratings: Stanford on the rise | Mercury News