Stanford vs. Iowa: Rose Bowl Recap, Score, Key Stats

    Stanford vs. Iowa: Rose Bowl recap, score, and key stats for the Cardinal and Hawkeyes.

    September 26, 2016


    Rose Bowl recap, score and key stats for the Cardinal and Hawkeyes.


    Rose Bowl Recap

    Score: Stanford 45, Iowa 16

    Prediction: Iowa 27, Stanford 24, Line: Stanford -6.5, o/u: 53

    And You Care Because … Christian McCaffrey put on an all-timer of a show from the start taking the first play from scrimmage 75 yards for a score. Kevin Hogan ran for an eight-yard score – set up by a McCaffrey run – and Quenton Meeks ended the game with just over four minutes left in the first on a 66-yard pick six. McCaffrey brought the house down with a 63-yard punt return for a score, and Michael Rector caught a 31-yard touchdown pass on a trick play on the way to a 38-0 Cardinal lead. Iowa fought back with a 39-yard Marshall Koehn field goal and two fourth quarter C.J. Beathard touchdown passes, but it was way too late. Rector ended the scoring with a 42-yard touchdown catch in the final minutes.

    What Else?

    – Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey ran 18 times for 172 yards, caught four passes for 105 yards and a score, returned a kickoff for 28 yards, and returned a punt 63 yards for a score.

    – Stanford QB Kevin Hogan completed 12-of-21 passes for 223 yards and three scores with an interception.

    – Iowa QB C.J. Beathard completed 21-of-33 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns with a pick

    – Stanford DE Aziz Shittu made a game-high ten tackles with two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

    – Sacks: Stanford 11 – Iowa 2

    – Total Offense: Stanford 429 – Iowa 287

    Game Rating: C-. The only positive was the all-timer of a Rose Bowl day from Christian McCaffrey. The game was a dog with fleas from the opening snap, but McCaffrey’s brilliance made this something people will always be talking about. That was a miserable performance from a much, much stronger Iowa team, and a near-perfect game from Stanford.

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