The Stanford Cardinal is running away from the California Golden Bears, going up 21-3 in front of Cal's home crowd. Stanford's offense has found their rhythm, while Zach Maynard and the Cal offense have failed to get settled and have turned the ball over twice.
Josh Nunes is 12-for-23 for 183 yards with one touchdown for Stanford. Kevin Hogan was also in at quarterback for one play, where he connected with Levine Toilolo for the Cardinal's second touchdown. Stepfan Taylor quieted down in the second quarter after running downhill in the first. He picked up 58 yards in the first 15 minutes, but totaled only 82 at the half. Zach Ertz is having a monster day, with three receptions for 104 yards. Stanford has left a few points on the field; Jordan Williamson is 0-for-2 on field goals.
Cal's offense has managed just 84 total yards. They're all credited to Zach Maynard (8-for-15), because Cal's usually strong running game has combined for net zero yards on 13 attempts. Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson have positive yardage, but the rest of the team is negative, making it a draw. Stanford's pass rush has kept Maynard and the rest of the Golden Bear offense on its heels all afternoon. Chase Thomas and Trent Murphy have spent plenty of time in Cal's backfield, with Thomas picking up the game's only sack. Brendan Bigelow and Keenan Allen have both put the ball on the ground, and Stanford has been there to fall on it both times.
There's plenty of football left to play, and Cal has the ball coming out of halftime. If they haven't figured out a way to get started on offense, the 2012 Big Game might already be over.