Notebook: Cardinal Crush Colorado

Jamal-Rashad Patterson

Stanford shut out Colorado, 48-0, in Boulder, and now the Cardinal may have a quarterback issue on their hands...

BOULDER, COLO.: There were seven quarterbacks that took snaps in Stanford's 48-0 win over Colorado. The Cardinal used four while the Buffs used three. And while the Buffs have had all kinds of offensive issues this year in a 1-8 start, the 7-2 Cardinal have seen their offense sputter in their two losses.

Now, the Cardinal may have a full-blown quarterback controversy on their hands.

Head coach David Shaw started Josh Nunes, but after two unremarkable series', Shaw, as he said he would earlier in the week, inserted Kevin Hogan, albeit with a short field, and in two plays, the Cardinal would score.

In fact, in Hogan's first six drives, the Cardinal would score each time, five by touchdown, one by field goal.

Brett Nottingham, listed as Stanford's backup on the depth chart, saw some time, as did Robbie Picazo.

But this quarterback controversy is solely about Hogan and Nunes.

And with Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA, all top 25 teams, coming up, David Shaw will have a decision to make.

Player of the Game: The Stanford front seven held Colorado to -21 yards rushing and only allowed the Buffs past midfield one time the entire day.

Play of the Game: Ed Reynolds got the game going with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown, his third of the season, and helped the Cardinal pitch a shutout.

By the Numbers:
-Stanford limited the Buffs to -21 yards rushing. The Buffs gained 26 but lost 47.

-Colorado gained 76 yards in offense.

-1986 was the last year Colorado was shut out at Folsom Field, drawing blanks that day against Oklahoma in a Big 8 contest.

-Colorado was held to 1-of-12 on third down conversions.

-402 to 436. The 436 yards were the total Stanford amassed on the day. The 402 yards were the yards that punter Darragh O'Neill totaled.

Takeaways:
-There really isn't a whole lot to take away from this game. Colorado is not a good football team, and showed it. Stanford's offense, though, which had sputtered for much of the year, save Arizona and Duke, got a spark when Hogan was put in the lineup. The obvious question moving forward is who will Shaw name as the starter for Oregon State?

-Stepfan Taylor didn't rush for a lot of yards, only 43 on 10 carries, but he did score a pair of touchdowns.

-The defense continues to play well. A week after sacking Washington State seven times, the Cardinal did it again, while adding three takeaways.

Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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