Scarlett scores both TDs, Stanford tops Pitt 14-13 Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — With all of the struggles it had on offense, it was a wonder that Stanford was able to hold off Pitt for a 14-13 victory in the Sun Bowl.
Top Pac-12 quarterback? Easy. Minshew is AP panel’s choice
There's no question at quarterback: Washington State's Gardner Minshew II leads the way in the Pac-12.
Minshew, a graduate transfer who leads the nation with an average of 373.1 passing yards per game, was the unanimous choice for first-team quarterback on The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team, selected by a panel of sports writers who cover the conference.
Unsurprisingly, he also got the nod as the league's Offensive Player of the Year.
Sun Bowl Matchup
Pittsburgh (7-6, ACC) vs. Stanford (8-4, Pac-12), Dec. 31, 2 p.m. EST (CBS).
LOCATION: El Paso, Texas.
Pittsburgh: Tailbacks Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall are a formidable 1-2 punch in the backfield. Ollison is only the sixth player in school history to achieve multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Hall has enjoyed the most productive season of his career as a senior, rushing for 1,021 yards, and his average of 7.6 yards per carry ranks sixth nationally and second in the ACC.
Stanford wins 9th straight Big Game, 23-13 over California
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Cameron Scarlett caught a short pass from K.J. Costello and raced 46 yards for one of his two touchdowns, Paulson Adebo intercepted two passes and Stanford relied on its defense to win its ninth straight Big Game, 23-13 over California on Saturday.
Costello throws 5 touchdowns to lead Stanford over UCLA
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach David Shaw is the first to admit that he hasn't been comfortable with his team all season. But as long as they keep winning, it doesn't matter to him.
The Cardinal once again got big plays from their passing game as they rallied for a 49-42 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Want drama? Then perhaps the game of the week is USC-UCLA
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
Parkinson’s 4 TD catches lead Stanford past Beavers 48-17
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tight end Colby Parkinson and quarterback K.J. Costello have been working on their timing for over a year. It came to fruition Saturday.
Parkinson caught all four of K.J. Costello's touchdown passes and Stanford beat Oregon State 48-17 Saturday to become bowl eligible.
"We were getting the match-ups we wanted," Parkinson said. "That's what K.J. and I have been working on. K.J. puts the ball where it needs to be. It's what we do in practice every day."
Stanford beats Arizona State 20-13 for key road victory
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Stanford controlled the ball on offense, prevented big plays on defense. The Cardinal put together a couple of key scoring drives and limited Arizona State's chances for a comeback.
It's just the way Stanford wins games — and just what the Cardinal needed after a two-game losing streak.
K.J. Costello threw for 231 yards and a touchdown, and Stanford remained in the thick of the Pac-12 North Division race with a 20-13 win over Arizona State on Thursday night.
Utah beats No. 14 Stanford 40-21 as injured Love sits out
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The defense was opportunistic all night, the running game was productive and Utah even delivered some big plays through the air for a change.
After two straight losses to open the Pac-12 season, the Utes finally put everything together.
Jaylon Johnson returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and Zack Moss ran for two scores, leading Utah to a 40-21 victory over No. 14 Stanford on Saturday night.
Dominating defense is backbone for No. 6 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Even as Notre Dame's offense has blossomed in recent weeks, the strength of the Fighting Irish is clear to their coach.
"I don't know if they get enough credit for who they are as a defense," Brian Kelly said after Saturday night's 38-17 victory over Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium.
QBs in spotlight when No. 7 Stanford visits No. 8 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Last year, Stanford made an in-season quarterback change, going to K.J. Costello late in the season to boost an offense that was relying too much on the running game and help the Cardinal surge a Pac-12 title game appearance.
This season, Notre Dame has made a similar move. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly did not wait as long as Cardinal coach David Shaw to make the switch, and he also is still playing it coy about how committed he is to last week's starter, Ian Book.
No. 8 Notre Dame hosts No. 7 Stanford with playoff stakes
No. 7 Stanford (4-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame (4-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Line: Notre Dame by 5½.
Series record: Notre Dame leads, 19-13.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Stanford, which rallied from 24-7 halftime deficit to win 38-31 in OT at Oregon, has three straight victories over Notre Dame. The winner stays unbeaten and adds a notable line to a possible College Football Playoff resume.
AP All-America Watch: Stanford game-breaker; Texas fab frosh
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released a preseason All-America team and will put out a midseason team. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The third All-America watch of the season features a big-time receiver from Stanford, a fab freshman leading streaking Texas, an injured Ohio State star and a game-breaker from Memphis.
No. 7 Stanford rallies for 38-31 OT win over No. 20 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello watched as his overtime pass tumble in midair for an agonizing moment after it was tipped by tight end Colby Parkinson.
"I saw the ball go in the air, held my breath, and then for Colby to come down with it was pretty awesome," said Costello, who threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 9 Stanford overcomes slow start to beat UC Davis 30-10
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford made it through its season-opening three-game homestand unscathed. But with the schedule about to get much tougher, the Cardinal know they will need to be much better the next few weeks to remain perfect.
K.J. Costello overcame a rough start to throw two touchdown passes to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and No. 9 Stanford beat FCS-level UC Davis 30-10 on Saturday.
No. 9 Stanford prepares for FCS-level UC Davis
UC Davis (2-0) vs. No. 9 Stanford (2-0), 2 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Networks)
Line: Stanford by 3½.
Series Record: Stanford leads 2-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Cardinal are looking to tune up for a showdown next week at No. 20 Oregon. The Aggies get to play a ranked FBS opponent for the first time since 2009 against Boise State.
Love leads No. 10 Stanford past No. 17 USC 17-3
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — With Bryce Love and the key parts of Stanford's offense back, the Cardinal figured to be dynamic on that side of the ball.
Two games into the season, the defense showed it's capable of leading the way, as well.
Joey Alfieri and crew helped harass talented freshman quarterback JT Daniels into four sacks and three turnovers and the 10th-ranked Cardinal held No. 17 Southern California to its fewest points in more than two decades in a 17-3 victory Saturday night.
Stanford’s Arcega-Whiteside capitalizes on focus on Love
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — JJ Arcega-Whiteside's phone died following his season-opening game for Stanford because he got so many text messages and notifications following a three-touchdown performance against San Diego State.
All that attention Arcega-Whiteside got off the field came in part because the Aztecs paid so little to him on the field, choosing to do whatever it takes to slow down Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love no matter the consequences.
No. 13 Stanford beats San Diego St. 31-10 in season opener
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford knows defenses are going to do whatever it takes to slow down Bryce Love after his record-setting 2017 season.
Being able to take advantage of that with the deep passing game will be key to the Cardinal's success this year.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside did just that, getting loose for three long TD catches from K.J. Costello to overcome a slow night by Love and No. 13 Stanford opened the season with a 31-10 victory over San Diego State on Friday.
Bryce Love hopes to add new tricks for No. 13 Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bryce Love set the bar pretty high in his record-setting junior season that made him the Heisman Trophy runner-up.
There are a few tricks that he wants to add this season that should make Love and No. 13 Stanford even more of a challenge for defenses. After catching only six passes last season, Love hopes to be a bigger threat as a receiving option for quarterback K.J. Costello this year, starting when the Cardinal open their season against San Diego State on Friday night.
Heisman runner-up Love has lots of help on Stanford offense
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — After almost singlehandedly carrying Stanford's offense last season with a breakaway run seemingly every week, Bryce Love figures to get plenty of help in 2018.
The Cardinal enter the season with one of their most potent offenses in years surrounding their record-setting back who passed up a chance at the NFL for one more year on The Farm.
Pruitt: Nobody has ‘separated himself’ in Vols’ QB race
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nobody has emerged as a front-runner in Tennessee's quarterback competition, coach Jeremy Pruitt said Sunday.
Incumbent starter Jarrett Guarantano is attempting to hold off challenges from Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst, sophomore Will McBride and freshman JT Shrout.
"If you look over all the practices, there's really nobody (who's) kind of separated himself yet," Pruitt said after the Vols' first preseason scrimmage.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has added former Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst to its roster as a graduate transfer.
Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt has confirmed the addition of Chryst, who started seven games for Stanford last season before getting replaced by K.J. Costello .
Stanford QB K.J. Costello to miss spring ball with injury
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello will miss spring practice with an undisclosed injury.
Coach David Shaw said Tuesday that he expects Costello to be fully healed by the start of fall training camp.
Costello took over as Stanford's starting quarterback last season. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes, averaging 7.5 yards per attempt with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Stanford QB Keller Chryst to transfer for final season
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst plans to transfer for his final season of eligibility.
Chryst announced Sunday that he will transfer after he graduates in June. He will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.
Chryst began last season as the starting quarterback for the Cardinal before being replaced midway through the year by K.J. Costello.
Stanford seeks revenge vs. USC in Pac-12 title game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Stanford team that walked out of the Los Angeles Coliseum nearly three months ago after being overpowered by Southern California seemed an unlikely pick to get a rematch with the Trojans.
No. 20 Stanford beats No. 9 Notre Dame 38-20
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The game up in Seattle that impacted Stanford the most had been going well all night. That didn't matter to the Cardinal until they took over their own contest during a dizzying three-touchdown stretch in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
K.J. Costello threw two of his career-high four touchdown passes to start that scoring spree and 20th-ranked Stanford rallied for a 38-20 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night.
Stanford puts bad loss in past to prepare for Washington
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — There are few benefits with playing on a Friday night with one less day of preparation and recovery. For Stanford at least, it's one less day to dwell on a late loss at Washington State that dealt a blow to the Cardinal's hope of winning a conference title.
With No. 9 Washington (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12, No. 9 CFP) coming to town to face Stanford (6-3, 5-2) on Friday night, there was little time this week to look back at all that went wrong against the Cougars.
No. 18 Stanford to start K.J. Costello at quarterback
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — K.J. Costello will start at quarterback for No. 18 Stanford this week at No. 25 Washington State.
Coach David Shaw said Thursday that Costello will replace Keller Chryst for Saturday's key game in the Pac-12 North.
Costello completed 15 of 24 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 win over Arizona State on Sept. 30 in his only previous start. Costello has completed 44 of 67 passes for 517 yards with four TDs and no interceptions this season.
Bryce Love runs for 263 yards to lead Stanford past UCLA
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bryce Love didn't put up much of a fight to stay in and take a shot at Stanford's school record for rushing.
The Pac-12's top running back was even more hesitant to take credit for what he did to keep the Cardinal's lengthy win streak against UCLA going.