Stanford and Wisconsin were as different as they come heading into the 2013 Rose Bowl game. The Badgers were a five-loss team that backed its ways into the Big Ten championship and lost its coach, Bret Bielema, to Arkansas just days later. Stanford, meanwhile, has become the new model of consistency with David Shaw picking up where Jim Harbaugh left off with the Cardinal finishing its third straight season of at least 11 wins.
Yet when the two sides took the field, the result was about as even as you could imagine all the way up to the final seconds when No. 8 Stanford held on against Wisconsin, 20-14.
Stanford and Wisconsin had 344 and 301 yards, respectively, and were knotted at a 17-14 punt-fest for much of the second half before Jordan Williamson made a 22-yard field goal to reflect the final score. Bowl games are a battle of many variables, motivation and match-ups being among them. There was no questioning motivation and the match-up between Stanford and Wisconsin was a good one. The Cardinal just made one more big play.
It’s hard to say the Barry Alvarez experiment didn’t work simply because the Badgers didn’t come out on top. Running back Montee Ball had 100 yards rushing and became the first player in history to score touchdowns in three different Rose Bowls. All were losses. But he also only had 12 in the second half, ironically a time when it felt like Wisconsin controlled the momentum of the game even though it trailed.
The Rose Bowl had become a stalemate where the anticipation of the big play mounted with every possession. Ultimately, nothing major happened — at least not until Curt Phillips threw a costly interception to Stanford cornerback Usua Amanam. One first down later and the Cardinal would execute the victory formation to win its first Rose Bowl win since 1972. And without Andrew Luck, no less. In the middle of Oregon’s incredible run of Pac-12 dominance.
It’s a job well done for Shaw, who signed a long-term extension with the university last month. There’s no sign that indicates he’s planning on leaving any time soon, either. Depending on what happens with Oregon coach Chip Kelly and the NFL rumors surrounding him, Stanford and Shaw could become the new king atop the Pac-12. Some might argue, with good reason, that the Cardinal is already there and to stay. Shaw is a little more humble.
“We’re still ascending,” Shaw said after the win.
Another day, another player who’s decided to move on from his college football starting point.
Citing a person familiar with the situation, nj.com is reporting that senior defensive back Davon Jacobs has decided to transfer out of first-year head coach Chris Ash’s football program. The fact that Jacobs had fallen behind on the safety depth chart this spring.
Jacobs is entering his fifth-year season, but he has yet to graduate. So, if he wants to finish his career at the FBS level, he’d need to graduate this summer. If not, he could drop down to the FCS level and be eligible to play immediately in 2016.
Last season, Jacobs started the first three games before being sidelined with a concussion. He came back to start one more game before being reinjured and missing the remainder of the season.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2012, Jacobs played in 25 games the next two seasons. Included in that was a pair of starts, one each in 2013 and 2014.
It appears the reports of the demise of Baylor’s president are, at least for now, premature.
Tuesday morning the college football world awoke to the news that BU was expected to remove Ken Starr as the university’s president before the end of the month, if not sooner. The latter seemed to come to fruition as, a short time after HornsDigest.com released that report, the recruiting website updated to state that the school’s Board of Regents had indeed fired Starr.
Starr, in his sixth year as president, had been mentioned in a damning Outside the Lines report earlier this month as having been aware of at least one instance of assault involving a Bears football player and did nothing.
A short time after the Scout.com report surfaced this morning, Baylor released a statement in which Starr is not mentioned specifically, but the timeline for a public response to an independent report on the university’s handling of sexual assault allegations involving football players was detailed.
The Baylor Board of Regents continues its work to review the findings of the Pepper Hamilton investigation and we anticipate further communication will come after the Board completes its deliberations. We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the university will provide it. We expect an announcement by June 3.
Finally, a break has gone Utah’s Evan Moeai‘s way.
On the very first play from scrimmage during the 2014 season opener, Moeai sustained what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury. A year later, in the 2015 opener, the tight end went down with yet another season-ending injury.
According to the Deseret News, Moeai posted on his private Instagram account that he has received a fifth season of eligibility from the NCAA. The Utes have yet to confirm the development, although it’s one that’s been expected.
Moeai began his collegiate career at the JUCO level, then played in three games during his first season with the Utes in 2013. He, obviously, played in one game each of the last two seasons.
Moeai caught one pass for five yards in 2015 before he went down with his second season-ending injury.
Less than two weeks after leaving Ohio State, Grant Schmidt has a new college football home — and he won’t even have to leave the state to get there.
Citing university sources, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Schmidt will continue his collegiate playing career at Cincinnati. The offensive lineman had indicated earlier this month that the Bearcats would be his landing spot.
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Schmidt will be forced to sit out the 2016 season. He would then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
A three-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class, 247Sports.com rated Schmidt as the No. 52 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of South Dakota. Schmidt was the first player from that state to sign with the Buckeyes, but he failed to become the first to play in a game as he didn’t see the field during his brief stint in Columbus.
Schmidt’s mid-May move was believed to be related to a logjam along the offensive line and his failure to make a dent on the depth chart during spring practice.