STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 01: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Stanford Vs. Colorado: Cardinal Shut Down Buffaloes 48-7

We break down all the news in advance of Saturday's Stanford-Colorado Pac-12 contest at Stanford Stadium. For more on the Cardinal, head over to Rule of Tree.

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Colorado Vs. Stanford Score Update: Stanford Holds 27-7 Lead At Half

Stanford appears to be having little trouble against the Colorado Buffaloes, heading into halftime with a 20-point lead over the unranked team.

Colorado scored early in the second quarter, as Tyler Hansen completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tony Jones which cut the Cardinal lead to 13-7.

After that, however, Stanford piled on. Quarterback Andrew Luck led the Cardinal to Colorado's 30-yard line before throwing an interception, but Colorado went three-and-out immediately. Jeremy Stewart capped off a Stanford drive with a touchdown run, and Colorado was forced to punt on their next possession.

Luck then led yet another scoring drive, which culminated in his first touchdown pass of the game to put the Cardinal up 27-7. They would hold onto that lead for the remainder of the second quarter, and are in good shape heading into halftime. Head coach David Shaw has to be pleased with the way things are looking thus far.


Colorado Vs. Stanford Score Update: Cardinal Jump Out to Early Lead Over Buffaloes

The early story in this game was all special teams. The Cardinal muffed the opening kickoff return, fumbling the ball back to Colorado. On the very same Buffaloes drive, Stanford was able to block a 29-yard field goal attempt, as special teams linebacker Max Bergen blocked the kick and ran the ball all the way back for the first score of the game. The touchdown was a huge turnaround for Stanford and a big boost to special teams to come up so big after dropping the opening kickoff return.

After Stanford stuffed Colorado in three downs, culminating in a sack of Tyler Hansen for a big loss, quarterback Andrew Luck led the Cardinal on a long drive to the Colorado end zone. Junior Stepfan Taylor made a one-yard touchdown run. Stanford missed the point after attempt, but shut down Colorado to make it through the end of the first quarter leading 13-0.

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