Stanford head coach David Shaw doesn’t have the school missing Jim Harbaugh all that much.
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The Stanford Cardinals defeated the Maryland Terrapins in the Foster Farms Bowl, 45-21, to win their second bowl game in four years.
Never allowing Maryland to take the lead, Stanford began the game with a 1-yard TD run by RB Remound Wright – his first of three on the day. In the second quarter the Terps got on the board with a TD run by Wes Brown. But Remound Wright answered the call with two straight TD runs to give Stanford a 21-7 lead. With 1:22 remaining in the first half, Stanford QB Kevin Hogan hit Devon Cajuste for an 8-yard TD pass to give them a 28-7 halftime lead.
In the second half the rout was on as Hogan found Cajuste again for 9-yard TD, giving them a 35-7 lead. In the first play of the 4th quarter, Stanford scored yet another TD on a run by Ricky Seale. On the ensuing kickoff, Maryland KR William Likely returned the ball 100 yards for a Maryland TD to cut the score to 42-14, but the Cardinals held on to the lead and kept the game scoreless for the next 8 minutes – tacking on a FG with 6:02 remaining. A 2-yard TD run by Maryland QB C. J. Brown with 2:56 remaining gave Stanford the final score of 45-21.
With the win the Cardinals have won their 2nd bowl game in four years under head coach David Shaw. While the 8-5 record is their worst since 2009, Stanford is still in the midst of their best streak of success since the 1970s.