Stanford seems to have Maryland right where they want them at halftime of the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California. The Cardinal lead the Terps of the Big Ten, 28-7, after one half of play. For a team that has allowed more than 20 points twice this season, Stanford looks to be in firm control of this bowl match-up between the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Kevin Hogan executed a flawless opening drive, completing all five of his passes as the Cardinal moved down the field against Maryland. The Terps had some success with red zone defense this season, but Stanford had no problem pushing into the end zone when Remound Wright picked up the one-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. Stanford added three more touchdowns in the second quarter to build the 28-7 lead on Maryland, with Hogan continuing to be accurate with his passing and Stanford overpowering Maryland’s defense on the ground.
Maryland has welcomed wide receiver Stefon Diggs back to the field, and he has had an impact for Maryland at times. Diggs has five catches for 65 yards, and quarterback C.J. Brown has been accurate with his passing, but the Terps have struggled to sustain drives. Stanford has the advantage in offensive yards at the half as well, with 243 yards to just 135 for Maryland.
Stanford has only allowed more than 20 points in a game twice this season. Arizona State (26 points) and Oregon (45 points) were the two teams to accomplish it. Maryland’s offense is going to have a tough time coming back against the Cardinal if the defense keeps it up.