The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Maryland Terrapins 45-21 in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium. It was the first bowl game in Levi’s Stadium’s history after they moved it from AT&T Park in San Francisco. Stanford (8-5) ended their season on a high note, while Maryland fell to (7-6) on the year.
“It was business as usual, sticking to what we do, playing together, communicating, getting to the film room, listening to our coaches,” said Stanford safety Jordan Richards. “They put so much into this program, we wanted to send them out the right way.”
Stanford scored a touchdown on the opening possession. They were able to create a mix of pass and run plays, which was finished off with Remound Wright’s first touchdown of the game with a jumbo package on the goal line.
Special teams helped contribute to Stanford’s scores. After Maryland responded with a touchdown to tie the game, a short kickoff led to a 29-yard return by Patrick Skov. WR Greg Toboada had a 28-yard reception which set up Wright’s second touchdown of the night. He bounced off RT Kyle Murphy and scored on an easy run.
Wright’s third touchdown was helped by big plays. Quarterback Kevin Hogan had a successful 30-yard run off the read option while Austin Cooper had a 38-yard reception to bring Stanford within the 10. Wright scored off a jumbo package, which gave him the touchdown hat trick.
Freshman RB Christian McCaffrey helped on special teams, as he had a 28-yard punt return near the end of the second quarter. He also had a 28-yard catch on the same drive. After a fourth down conversion, TE Devon Cajuste scored his first of two touchdowns to put the Cardinal up for good at 28-7 for halftime.
Cajuste scored a second touchdown on a crossing route, capping off a big day which included another deep reception. Stanford would score a sixth touchdown with fifth-year senior RB Ricky Seale. It would be Seale’s first touchdown of his football career.
Stanford finished their season with a three game win streak over California, UCLA and Maryland. It was the final game in Cajuste’s career.
“I’m just proud of our guys, our seniors in particular, the way we finished the season, the way we played today, the way we practiced all week,” Stanford head coach David Shaw said. “These two guys right here [QB Kevin Hogan and LB James Vaughters] were just vocal guys all week, pushing guys and enjoying the experience trying to cap this season off with a win and they did that tonight.”
–DE Henry Anderson was one of the stars on the Stanford defensive line. He is projected to be a mid-round draft pick.
-Stanford WR Ty Montgomery did not play with a sprained right shoulder. He could be a second or late first-round draft pick in 2015.
-Other seniors who could be drafted or signed by an NFL team on Stanford include CB Wayne Lyons, LB A.J. Tarpley, CB Alex Carter and LT Andrus Peat. Carter and Peat are both underclassmen who have not declared an announcement for the NFL yet.
-Maryland WR Stefon Diggs is another underclassman who could declare for the NFL. He is projected as a mid-round pick, but possesses speed and yards after catch. DL Darius Kilgo could be a late round draft pick.
-Stanford head coach David Shaw played in his first non-major bowl game. He now has a 2-2 bowl record after this win, where he previously lost the Rose Bowl last season.
-Maryland head coach Randy Edsall completed his fourth season with a 7-6 record for the second straight year. He lost back to back bowl games to end 2013 and now 2014.
-Announced attendance for the first bowl game in Levi’s Stadium was 34,780.