Sept 27, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal defensive end Ben Gardner (49) reacts after committing a game-ending penalty against the Washington Huskies during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Washington defeated Stanford, 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford loses starting defensive end Ben Gardner for the season to pectoral injury

With a number five ranking in the BCS standings, the Stanford Cardinal still have a shot at playing for the national championship if some things in front of them go their way. In nine days, they’ll have a chance to help themselves if their stout defense can shut down the Oregon Ducks’ offense once again, which would put them in an even better position to achieve that goal.

Unfortunately, and in probably the worst news the Cardinal could have expected, they’ll have to go about that without arguably their best player on that side of the ball, as the school has announced starting defensive end Ben Gardner will miss the rest of the season following a pectoral injury that will require surgery.

 

This is a tremendous blow as Gardner would have been a pivotal piece in helping slow down that Oregon spread attack. In even more bad news, as a fifth-year senior, Gardner’s collegiate career is finished.

Gardner finishes this season with 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.

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