Stanford beat No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday (Sept. 21) to remain unbeaten this season. The 42-28 win doesn't properly indicate how this game was a blowout early on. As reported by ESPN, Stanford had a 29-0 lead at halftime and went into the fourth quarter with a 39-7 lead. It was only some late touchdowns from the Sun Devils that made the score much closer.
The Stanford Cardinal running game was in full effect in this one, with the running backs going for 240 yards and three touchdowns. They needed only 49 carries to do it, giving the team an average of 4.9 yards per carry. It was also an effective night for Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan, as he completed 11-of-17 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
The win helped No. 5 Stanford improve to 3-0 on the season and it also gave the team its best resume builder. Beating San Jose State and Army in the first two weeks didn't turn many heads, but a win over the formerly ranked Sun Devils certainly did. Now Stanford has to play the 3-1 Washington State Cougars on the road next week in what could be a tough game.
As for where they will stand in the updated rankings, because there were no upsets in the AP Top 25 this week, it is likely that Stanford will remain ranked at No. 5. As for Arizona State, the team may drop out of the poll this time around.