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The Sports Xchange

September 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm.

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–QB K.J. Costello wasn’t the headliner against USC like he was against San Diego State (four touchdowns, one interception), but he didn’t need to be. As the Trojans took a more moderate approach, respecting the pass as well, and Stanford predictably leaned on Love. And with that, Costello was an efficient 16 for 27 for 183 yards, one touchdown and no picks. Costello now has five TDs and one pick this season. Costello’s 515 passing yards through the first two games of the season are the most for a Cardinal quarterback in Shaw’s tenure. The previous mark of 461 was set by current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in 2011 (Shaw’s first season).

–RB Bryce Love is likely going to be a rude awakening for an NCAA FCS team. Love has 3,288 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns in his career.

–S Malik Antoine is more than just a backbone or a hard-hitter at the back of the Cardinal defense. He’s shown excellent hands. Antoine picked off USC freshman JT Daniels twice, including a 50-50 ball that would’ve been a touchdown pass against a lesser defensive back.

–LB Sean Barton is one of the veteran leaders on Stanford’s defense, and he is valuable in multiple ways. Barton is a reliable tackler (he and Bobby Okereke had a team-high 10 each against USC), and a sack as well. That combination of smarts, speed and strength make Barton, and Okereke and Joey Alfieri, one of the strongest groups in the nation.

SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads UC Davis 2-1. The first matchup was in 1932 — a 59-0 Stanford win. UC Davis shocked Stanford 20-17 in 2005.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “A pit in my stomach as an alum. … I have a tough time talking about 2010 with some of these guys. But 2005 — none of them were even in high school. They have to remember where they were in 2005.” — Stanford coach David Shaw, remembering that his alma mater lost to UC Davis in a stunning upset in 2005. At that time, Shaw was an assistant on the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.

 

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