A 10-5 game in baseball is something of a slugfest.
A 10-5 game in football is something Stanford found itself on the short end of Saturday against Colorado. It was a slugfest in its own right but the kind of experience far removed from the contemporary high-scoring version of the game we’ve grown accustomed to. Defensive purists may have liked it, but I don’t think there’s too many of them around any more.
I had to tell her that this is college, you only have the players for four years. Your quarterback graduates and the next one doesn’t do as well … you’ve got problems. And without laying all the blame on Ryan Burns I’d like to suggest a change.
I think it’s time to give Keller Chryst a shot and see what he can do.
Burns, who won a battle with Chryst for the starting quarterback job completed 16 of 29 passes for 170 yards with three interceptions. He rushed five times for a net minus-27.
On the final possession, one that ended with an interception, television color analyst Glenn Parker made the comment that Burns had underthrown every recent pass.
Chryst, the Palo Alto High grad, got into the game for a handful of plays but did not throw a pass. He rushed three times for six yards -- strange considering that running has always been the weakest part of his game. I’d like to see what he could do with the opportunity to air it out.
Head coach David Shaw promised to re-evaluate the offense, but not right then at the conclusion of the game.
“Offensively we've got to score more than three points,’’ Shaw said. “Ended up with five, got to score more than three. It's as simple as that. There were a lot of things that we have to do better and some things that we have to look into tweaking, obviously. We're not going to talk about those here. You can ask those questions if you want to, but I'm not going to answer that because there are a lot of discussions that we have to have as an offensive staff.’’
Christian McCaffrey returned from an injury and carried 21 times for 92 yards. But again it was clear the Stanford offense needs something to take the focus off McCaffrey.