Well, the prediction previously stated on this blog was wrong. The Stanford Cardinal showed why they are ranked #5 in the nation as they rolled to a 34-13 home victory over the Spartans. San Jose State reached the red zone twice but were unable to get into the end zone either time. For most of the rest of the game, the Spartans appeared totally over matched. Watching from the corner of one end zone, the Stanford players appeared larger than their opponents across the line of scrimmage, much larger. It became clear early on that San Jose State would not be able to hang with a PAC-12 power; not as a Mountain West school.
There were some positives though. David Fales threw for 216 yards and completed over 50% of his passes, although many of the passes seemed to be for under 10 yards and to the sidelines. It appeared that coach Ron Caragher felt his team wouldn’t be able to stretch the defense of the Cardinal. Either that or the pressure from Stanford was just too much; Fales was sacked four times and under constant pressure. The Spartans will have a week off to rest up before another stiff test awaits them. Next up, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.