If you imagined all the scenarios for how this 2003 edition of the Big Game would play out, you…
The USC loss was demonstrative but not unexpected. The Oregon loss was a wake-up call. The Oregon State loss was one of historically horrific proportions. The Big Game letdown last week was like an IMAX presentation of a train wreck. But this 57-7 meltdown against a completely unremarkable Notre Dame team puts this Stanford Football program at rock bottom. The point differential clearly outstrips the other losses this year, but it was the completely ineffective manner in which all three aspects of the team played in this game that is so striking. On the first play from scrimmage for the Irish, it became immediately clear that something was missing from the Stanford squad. Julius Jones ripped a 25-yard run through the Cardinal defense like Sherman marching through Atlanta. Then Jones raced to an 18-yard pickup on the next play. And he would add 15-yard and 10-yard runs in the drive that finished with an easy touchdown. His runs were so successful because a beleaguered Irish...
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