2015 Stanford Cardinal football team

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2015 Stanford Cardinal football
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Rose Bowl Champions
Pac-12 Champions
Pac-12 North Division Champions
Rose Bowl, W 45–16 vs. Iowa
Conference Pac-12 Conference
North Division
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #3
2015 record 12–2 (8–1 Pac-12)
Head coach David Shaw (5th year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren (3rd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Lance Anderson (2nd year)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Stanford Stadium
(Capacity: 50,424)
Seasons
« 2014 2016 »
2015 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
#3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
#19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
#17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 12, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Stanford Cardinal football team represented Stanford University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinal were led by fifth-year head coach David Shaw. They played their home games at Stanford Stadium and were members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

In 2015, the Cardinal were the champions of the Pac-12. After finishing in first place in the North Division, they beat USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game by a score of 41–22.[1] They defeated Iowa 45–16 in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2016.

The Cardinal finished the season ranked #3 in the final Coaches Poll, their highest final ranking in the history of that poll. They were similarly ranked #3 in the final AP Poll, their highest final ranking in 75 years, following the 1940 national championship season.

Previous season

After two consecutive Pac-12 championships, the Cardinal finished second in the North Division with an 8–5 record, ending its season by defeating Maryland in the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl.

Roster

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 9:00 a.m. at Northwestern* #21 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL ESPN L 6–16   36,024[2]
September 12 7:30 p.m. UCF* Stanford StadiumStanford, CA FS1 W 31–7   50,420[3]
September 19 5:00 p.m. at #6 USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 41–31   78,306[4]
September 25 7:00 p.m. at Oregon State #21 Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR FS1 W 42–24   37,302[5]
October 3 7:30 p.m. Arizona #18 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA P12N W 55–17   46,628[6]
October 15 7:30 p.m. #18 UCLA #15 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA ESPN W 56–35   50,464[7]
October 24 7:30 p.m. Washingtondagger #10 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA ESPN W 31–14   50,424[8]
October 31 7:30 p.m. at Washington State #8 Martin StadiumPullman, WA ESPN W 30–28   30,012[9]
November 7 10:00 a.m. at Colorado #9 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO P12N W 42–10   40,142[10]
November 14 4:30 p.m. Oregon #7 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA FOX L 36–38   48,633[11]
November 21 7:30 p.m. California #15 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (118th Big Game/Stanford Axe) ESPN W 35–22   51,424[12]
November 28 4:30 p.m. #4 Notre Dame* #13 Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA (Legends Trophy) FOX W 38–36   51,424[13]
December 5 4:45 p.m. vs. #24 USC #7 Levi's StadiumSanta Clara, CA (Pac-12 Championship Game) ESPN W 41–22   58,476
January 1 2:10 p.m. vs. #6 Iowa #5 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ESPN W 45–16   94,268
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game notes

Northwestern

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Cardinal 3 0 0 3 6
Wildcats 3 7 0 6 16

UCF

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 0 0 7 7
Cardinal 0 10 7 14 31

USC

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinal 7 17 7 10 41
#6 Trojans 14 7 7 3 31

Oregon State

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Cardinal 14 7 14 7 42
Beavers 7 10 0 7 24

Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 3 14 0 17
#18 Cardinal 13 14 21 7 55

UCLA

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Bruins 10 7 3 15 35
#15 Cardinal 14 21 21 0 56

Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 0 7 7 14
#10 Cardinal 7 10 14 0 31

Washington State

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Cardinal 3 0 17 10 30
Cougars 3 9 10 6 28

Colorado

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Cardinal 7 21 7 7 42
Buffaloes 7 0 3 0 10

Oregon

1 2 3 4 Total
Ducks 14 7 14 3 38
#7 Cardinal 10 13 0 13 36

California

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Bears 3 3 10 6 22
#15 Cardinal 7 14 0 14 35

Notre Dame

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Fighting Irish 7 13 9 7 36
#13 Cardinal 14 7 7 10 38

In arguably one of the best college football games of the year, a game that had ten lead changes and almost 1,000 yards of offense, Stanford scored five touchdowns in five red zone trips, but it would be Stanford Kicker Conrad Ukropina who hit the game-winning field goal as time expired, which also ended Notre Dame's College Football Playoff hopes while keeping Stanford's playoff hopes alive. With 6:48 left in the game and the Cardinal leading 35-29, the Irish would march 88 yards in 15 plays (using up 6:18 of the play clock). It was capped off by Notre Dame Quarterback Deshone Kizer's two-yard touchdown run to give the Irish the lead with just 30 seconds left in the game. But the Irish defense could not hold as Stanford would go 45 yards in just 28 seconds and finish off the game with the win from Ukropina's field goal.

USC (Pac-12 Championship)

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Trojans 0 3 13 6 22
#7 Cardinal 3 10 14 14 41

Iowa (Rose Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Cardinal 21 14 3 7 45
#6 Hawkeyes 0 0 3 13 16

Sports analysts had anticipated the contest to be exciting, due mainly to the matchup between Iowa's strong run defense and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, the Heisman Trophy runner-up. McCaffrey led the FBS in the 2015 season with 3,864 all-purpose yards, which came from punt/kick returns, runs from scrimmage, and passes out of the backfield.[14] In contrast, Iowa's run defense finished the season ranked 14th, allowing only 121 yards per game and having defeated historically rushing teams like Wisconsin, Indiana, and Nebraska.[15]

McCaffrey caught a short pass and turned it into a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Hawkeyes were unable to stop him, as he averaged 9.6 YPC (172 yards on 18 carries), returned a punt for a touchdown, and converted many third downs. Though he did not rush for any touchdowns from scrimmage, he proved to be the primary playmaker for Stanford, catching a third of Cardinal Quarterback Kevin Hogan's twelve passes. McCaffrey was such an offensive threat that Hogan was able to make large gains with the read option, including a wide-open first-quarter option TD run.

Stanford's 21-0 first-quarter lead was the most first-quarter points scored by one team in Rose Bowl history.[16] Stanford shut Iowa out in the first half 35-0, with Stanford's 35 points the most scored in the first half of a Rose Bowl in its entire 102-year history.[16] McCaffrey gained a total of 368 all-purpose yards, setting another Rose Bowl record.[16]

Iowa was unable to get their run game going, rushing as a team for 1.3 YPC (48 yards on 38 carries). The longest Iowa runs were 14 and 12 yards,[17] as well as a 14-yard scramble by Quarterback C.J. Beathard. Iowa's inability to establish a run game closed up Iowa's potential for play-action passing, which had been Beathard's bread and butter all season. Iowa's halfbacks, their biggest threat all season, were overall unable to garner any significant yardage on the ground.[17]

By the second half, Stanford's explosiveness slowed down, scoring just 10 second-half points versus their 35 first-half points. Iowa did not score until the 3rd quarter when placekicker Marshall Koehn kicked a field goal after converting on 4th down earlier in the drive; Beathard threw 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter, with Koehn missing one of the two PATs.

Iowa had a slight advantage in time of possession, possessing the ball for almost 33 minutes, though they were simply unable to make meaning out of their possessions. Iowa also outgained Stanford through the air by a slim margin, with 239 yards to Stanford's 223.[18]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 21 RV RV 21 18 16 15 10 8 9 7 15 13 7 5 3 
Coaches' 21 RV NR 24 20 18 16 11 8 8 7 15 12 7 6 3 
CFP Not released 11 7 11 9 7 6 Not released


Statistics

Team

Team statistics
  Stanford Opponents
Scoring 529 316
Points Per Game 37.8 22.6
Points Off Turnovers 96 60
First Downs 311 267
Rushing 155 106
Passing 129 145
Penalty 27 16
Rushing Yardage 3132 1958
Yards gained rushing 3358 2358
Yards lost rushing 226 400
Rushing Attempts 610 453
Average Per Rush 5.1 4.3
Average Per Game 223.7 139.9
TDs Rushing 33 16
Passing Yardage 2965 3198
Comp-Att-Int 213-318-8 271-473-8
Average Per Pass 9.3 6.8
Average Per Catch 13.9 11.8
Average Per Game 211.8 228.4
TDs Passing 30 19
Total Offense 6097 5156
Total Plays 928 926
Average Per Play 6.6 5.6
Average Per Game 435.5 368.3
Kick Returns: #-Yards 51-1265 70-1473
Punt Returns: #-Yards 17-154 11-93
INT Returns: #-Yards 8-125 8-101
Kick Return Average 24.8 21.0
Punt Return Average 9.1 8.5
INT Return Average 15.6 12.6
Fumbles-Lost 12-5 10-6
Penalties-Yards 78-648 80-742
Average Per Game 46.3 53.0
Punts-Yards 48-1959 66-2797
Average Per Punt 40.8 42.4
Net punt average 37.2 39.1
Kickoffs-Yards 96-5900 69-4003
Average Per Kick 61.5 58.0
Net kick average 41.4 34.2
Time of Possession/Game 34:48 25:12
3rd-Down Conversions 91/182 70/193
3rd-Down Pct 50% 36%
4th-Down Conversions 13/16 15/24
4th-Down Pct 81% 62%
Sacks By-Yards 34-260 20-104
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Touchdowns Scored 68 36
Field Goals-Attempts 18-20 23-26
On-Side Kicks 0-1 0-3
Red-Zone Scores (54-62) 87% (41-47) 87%
Red-Zone Touchdowns (41-62) 66% (21-47) 45%
PAT-Attempts (67-67) 100% (29-31) 94%
Attendance 349,381 221,786
Games/Avg Per Game 7/49,912 5/44,357
Neutral Site Games 2/76,372

All opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 123 158 132 116 529
All opponents 68 69 93 86 316

Pac-12 opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 85 127 115 82 409
Pac-12 opponents 57 49 81 53 240

Non-conference opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 38 31 17 34 120
Non-conference opponents 11 20 12 33 76

References

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  8. "Washington vs Stanford Game Summary". ESPN. October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
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  14. "All Purpose | FBS Football Statistics - NCAA.com". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  15. "Rushing Defense | FBS Football Statistics - NCAA.com". NCAA.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "Christian McCaffrey sets Rose Bowl record as Stanford routs Iowa". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Stanford vs. Iowa - Box Score - January 1, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  18. "Stanford vs. Iowa - Team Statistics - January 1, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 

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