Stanford 68-24 over Wake Forest. 68 points! I am not sure there is enough time left in this weekend to truly reflect on that concept. Here are a few notes from the Cardinal blow out win.
**Best stat of the night: Stanford had more touchdowns than third down attempts (10-8)
**10 touchdowns in 11 drives.
**It was only a week ago that Andrew Luck had a subpar performance at UCLA. That is now long forgotten. Luck was brilliant. It may have been his best game yet. His passes were on target. He did not have to scramble much but when he did, 52 yards for a touchdown. Coach Jim Harbaugh keeps saying he is the best quarterback in the land. This game film will do nothing but support those claims.
**Huge props go out to the offensive line. As good as Luck was, as good as the running backs played, you don’t put up numbers like Stanford without a dominating line. The Cardinal offensive line did just that. Wake Forest was severely outmanned by what the Cardinal brought up front.
**Nice to see Chris Owusu back on the field. Apparently he missed playing as he returned with a vengeance scoring touchdowns on his first two receptions.
**It was very surprising to see true freshman Anthony Wilkerson as Stepfan Taylor’s primary backup early. Wilkerson looked a bit tentative early but looked better in the second half as he got used to the flow of the game.
**Another solid performance by Taylor, but Tyler Gaffney looked like the best runner tonight.
**Hard to say someone was missed on defense when coming off of a road shutout, but it was nice to see Shayne Skov out there. He was a difference maker in the first half as the Cardinal defense shut down Wake Forest. He seemed to be all over the place. The best part of his game may be on the blitz.
**Best game of his defensive career so far for Owen Marecic. He was a force at times in the first half.
**Wake Forest plays a complicated scheme. The defense as a whole did a great job of getting ready for it and shutting it down for the most part.
**Poor Nate Whitaker. His PAT streak comes to an end. And his two missed PATs cost the team a shot at 70 points.
**Ryan Whalen injury is scary. Great games by Owusu and Doug Baldwin, but Stanford would miss Whalen as a go to possession receiver if he is out awhile. (I have no injury info at the time of this writing)
**Overall, Stanford is 3-0. It is unclear how good they are. It is unclear how bad the opponents have been. Just when you say UCLA is bad, they beat up on a decent Houston team. Wake Forest may not be that good, but they are not chopped liver. All Stanford keeps doing is blowing out its opponents. That is what very good teams do. Just keep winning and let others debate how good the opponents may or may not be.