Coach David Shaw Calls Another Horrible Game, Almost Gives Cal Win, Love Can’t Finish Game

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Coach David Shaw Calls Another Horrible Game, Almost Gives Cal Win, Love Can’t Finish Game

By Dave Levine

This was an embarrassing game. Stanford’s defense couldn’t stop the Cal running back who easily out-gained the injured-but-playing Bryce Love, the nation’s top RB. Shaw made few adjustments in the second half. The reason they won? Cal’s QB threw an unwise “dead duck” in double-coverage resulting in an easy Stanford interception.

For whatever reason, Coach Shaw again hardly played WR Donald Stewart, the man with the best hands on the team. He made one catch in the game, a terrific catch. One has to wonder if Stewart has been in Shaw’s doghouse this season, his second season. He was a star WR in high school but rarely has the chance to play. Last year, Shaw played him mostly on kickoff coverage. The kid can jump, dive and run. He’s 6-4 with unbelievable hands. You have to wonder.

If Stanford plays like this against Notre Dame, it will be a long day.

Stanford (8-3) now roots for Washington to beat Washington State at home next Saturday. If Washington wins, Stanford wins the Pac-12 North. If this happens, Stanford will play USC again for the Pac-12 Championship.