Thursday night, the Stanford Cardinal showed for the second year in a row that they had the answer to shutting down the high-powered Oregon Ducks as they walked away with the upset, 26-20.
Stanford was physical throughout the game, continuously getting their hands on Ducks QB Marcus Mariota and punishing anyone else in a flashy uniform who had the ball in their hands.
Aside from the second consecutive win over their conference rival, we were also reminded of how tough the Stanford players are. You can absolutely call them one of the overall toughest teams in the country in recent years.
However, a lot of people tend to discredit that due to the school’s reputation of being one of the most academically challenging in the United States.
Kids who are good in the classroom aren’t supposed to be able to walk onto a football field and punch people in the mouth the way the Cardinal does, in some people’s eyes.
But, that doesn’t bother the Stanford players themselves. They know what they can and cannot do on the football field.
The best part, though, may be how they’re not afraid to embrace the “nerds” label that’s been thrust upon them, especially right after they go out and shock the country: