|2015 Stanford Cardinal football|
Pac-12 North Division champion
Rose Bowl champion
|2015 record||12–2 (8–1 Pac-12)|
|Head coach||David Shaw (5th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Bloomgren (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Lance Anderson (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Stanford Stadium|
|2015 Pac-12 football standings|
|No. 3 Stanford x$||8||–||1||12||–||2|
|No. 19 Oregon||7||–||2||9||–||4|
|No. 17 Utah x||6||–||3||10||–||3|
|Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2015 Stanford Cardinal football team represented Stanford University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinal were led by fifth-year head coach David Shaw. They played their home games at Stanford Stadium and were members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.
In 2015, the Cardinal were the champions of the Pac-12. After finishing in first place in the North Division, they beat USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game by a score of 41–22. They defeated Iowa 45–16 in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2016.
The Cardinal finished the season ranked #3 in the final Coaches Poll, their highest final ranking in the history of that poll. They were similarly ranked #3 in the final AP Poll, their highest final ranking in 75 years, following the 1940 national championship season.
- 1 Previous season
- 2 Personnel
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Game summaries
- 5 Rankings
- 6 Statistics
- 7 References
|Name||Position||Stanford Years||Alma mater|
|David Shaw||Head Coach||9th||Stanford (1994)|
|Lance Anderson||Defensive Coordinator / Outside Linebackers Coach||9th||Idaho State (1996)|
|Mike Bloomgren||Associate Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator||5th||Florida State (1999)|
|Pete Alamar||Special Teams Coordinator||4th||Cal Lutheran (1983)|
|Duane Akina||Defensive Backs Coach||2nd||Washington (1979)|
|Peter Hansen||Inside Linebackers Coach||2nd||Arizona (2001)|
|Tavita Pritchard||Quarterbacks Coach / Wide Receivers Coach||3rd||Stanford (2009)|
|Randy Hart||Defensive Linemen Coach||6th||Ohio State (1970)|
|Lance Taylor||Running Backs Coach||2nd||Alabama (2003)|
|Morgan Turner||Tight Ends Coach||3rd||Illinois (2009)|
|2015 Stanford Cardinal Roster|
Offensive Guards/Offensive Tackles
Source: 2015 Stanford Cardinal Football Roster
|September 5||9:00 a.m.||at Northwestern*||No. 21||ESPN||L 6–16||36,024|
|September 12||7:30 p.m.||UCF*||FS1||W 31–7||50,420|
|September 19||5:00 p.m.||at No. 6 USC||ABC||W 41–31||78,306|
|September 25||7:00 p.m.||at Oregon State||No. 21||FS1||W 42–24||37,302|
|October 3||7:30 p.m.||Arizona||No. 18||P12N||W 55–17||46,628|
|October 15||7:30 p.m.||No. 18 UCLA||No. 15||ESPN||W 56–35||50,464|
|October 24||7:30 p.m.||Washington||No. 10||ESPN||W 31–14||50,424|
|October 31||7:30 p.m.||at Washington State||No. 8||ESPN||W 30–28||30,012|
|November 7||10:00 a.m.||at Colorado||No. 9||P12N||W 42–10||40,142|
|November 14||4:30 p.m.||Oregon||No. 7||FOX||L 36–38||48,633|
|November 21||7:30 p.m.||California||No. 15||ESPN||W 35–22||51,424|
|November 28||4:30 p.m.||No. 4 Notre Dame*||No. 13||FOX||W 38–36||51,424|
|December 5||4:45 p.m.||vs. No. 24 USC||No. 7||ESPN||W 41–22||58,476|
|January 1, 2016||2:10 p.m.||vs. No. 5 Iowa||No. 6||ESPN||W 45–16||94,268|
|#4 Fighting Irish||7||13||9||7||36|
In arguably one of the best college football games of the year, a game that had ten lead changes and almost 1,000 yards of offense, Stanford scored five touchdowns in five red zone trips, but it would be Stanford Kicker Conrad Ukropina who hit the game-winning field goal as time expired, which also ended Notre Dame's College Football Playoff hopes while keeping Stanford's playoff hopes alive. With 6:48 left in the game and the Cardinal leading 35-29, the Irish would march 88 yards in 15 plays (using up 6:18 of the play clock). It was capped off by Notre Dame Quarterback DeShone Kizer's two-yard touchdown run to give the Irish the lead with just 30 seconds left in the game. But the Irish defense could not hold as Stanford would go 45 yards in just 28 seconds and finish off the game with the win from Ukropina's field goal.
USC (Pac-12 Championship)
Iowa (Rose Bowl)
Sports analysts had anticipated the contest to be exciting, due mainly to the matchup between Iowa's strong run defense and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, the Heisman Trophy runner-up. McCaffrey led the FBS in the 2015 season with 3,864 all-purpose yards, which came from punt/kick returns, runs from scrimmage, and passes out of the backfield. In contrast, Iowa's run defense finished the season ranked 14th, allowing only 121 yards per game and having defeated historically rushing teams like Wisconsin, Indiana, and Nebraska.
McCaffrey caught a short pass and turned it into a 75-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Hawkeyes were unable to stop him, as he averaged 9.6 YPC (172 yards on 18 carries), returned a punt for a touchdown, and converted many third downs. Though he did not rush for any touchdowns from scrimmage, he proved to be the primary playmaker for Stanford, catching a third of Cardinal Quarterback Kevin Hogan's twelve passes. McCaffrey was such an offensive threat that Hogan was able to make large gains with the read option, including a wide-open first-quarter option TD run.
Stanford's 21-0 first-quarter lead was the most first-quarter points scored by one team in Rose Bowl history. Stanford shut Iowa out in the first half 35-0, with Stanford's 35 points the most scored in the first half of a Rose Bowl in its entire 102-year history. McCaffrey gained a total of 368 all-purpose yards, setting another Rose Bowl record.
Iowa was unable to get their run game going, rushing as a team for 1.3 YPC (48 yards on 38 carries). The longest Iowa runs were 14 and 12 yards, as well as a 14-yard scramble by Quarterback C. J. Beathard. Iowa's inability to establish a run game closed up Iowa's potential for play-action passing, which had been Beathard's bread and butter all season. Iowa's halfbacks, their biggest threat all season, were overall unable to garner any significant yardage on the ground.
By the second half, Stanford's explosiveness slowed down, scoring just 10 second-half points versus their 35 first-half points. Iowa did not score until the 3rd quarter when placekicker Marshall Koehn kicked a field goal after converting on 4th down earlier in the drive; Beathard threw 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter, with Koehn missing one of the two PATs.
Iowa had a slight advantage in time of possession, possessing the ball for almost 33 minutes, though they were simply unable to make meaning out of their possessions. Iowa also outgained Stanford through the air by a slim margin, with 239 yards to Stanford's 223.
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|Points Per Game||37.8||22.6|
|Points Off Turnovers||96||60|
|Yards gained rushing||3358||2358|
|Yards lost rushing||226||400|
|Average Per Rush||5.1||4.3|
|Average Per Game||223.7||139.9|
|Average Per Pass||9.3||6.8|
|Average Per Catch||13.9||11.8|
|Average Per Game||211.8||228.4|
|Average Per Play||6.6||5.6|
|Average Per Game||435.5||368.3|
|Kick Returns: #-Yards||51-1265||70-1473|
|Punt Returns: #-Yards||17-154||11-93|
|INT Returns: #-Yards||8-125||8-101|
|Kick Return Average||24.8||21.0|
|Punt Return Average||9.1||8.5|
|INT Return Average||15.6||12.6|
|Average Per Game||46.3||53.0|
|Average Per Punt||40.8||42.4|
|Net punt average||37.2||39.1|
|Average Per Kick||61.5||58.0|
|Net kick average||41.4||34.2|
|Time of Possession/Game||34:48||25:12|
|Red-Zone Scores||(54-62) 87%||(41-47) 87%|
|Red-Zone Touchdowns||(41-62) 66%||(21-47) 45%|
|PAT-Attempts||(67-67) 100%||(29-31) 94%|
|Games/Avg Per Game||7/49,912||5/44,357|
|Neutral Site Games||2/76,372|
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