Stanford, behind Christian McCaffrey, dominates Iowa in the 102nd Rose Bowl game

The Iowa and Stanford football teams, whose programs date to 1889 and 1892, met for the first time today in the 102nd Rose Bowl game. The sixth-ranked Cardinal jumped on the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes on the first play from scrimmage with a 75-yard touchdown strike to Christian McCaffrey. Before Iowa knew it, they were down 21-0 and struggling in the pass game, run game and on special teams.

At halftime, Stanford enjoyed a 35-0 lead and the only questions that remained were how ugly the final score would actually be, and how many records McCaffrey would break.

Stanford won the game 45-16 as the Hawkeyes scored a couple late touchdowns. McCaffrey took home the Offensive Player of the Game as Aziz Shittu grabbed the honor for Defensive Player of the Game. Shittu had 10 tackles -- 3.5 for losses -- and 1.5 sacks.

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Coin toss: Stanford wins and takes the ball.

First quarter:

  • 75-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey (Stanford 7 - Iowa 0) 14:49
  • Kevin Hogan carries it in for an 8-yard touchdown (Stanford 14 - Iowa 0) 9:13
  • Quenton Meeks intercepts a C.J. Beathard pass 66 yards for touchdown (Stanford 21 - Iowa 0) 5:00

Second quarter:

  • McCaffrey returns punt 63 yards for touchdown (Stanford 28 - Iowa 0) 14:12
  • Michael Rector catches a 31-yard touchdown pass off of a "fake fumble" (Stanford 35 - Iowa 0) 8:22

Third quarter:

  • Stanford's Conrad Ukropina kicks a 31-yard field goal (Stanford 38 - Iowa 0) 11:09
  • Marshall Koehn puts Iowa on the board with a 39-yard field goal (Stanford 38 - Iowa 3) 3:36

Fourth quarter:

  • C.J. Beathard connects with Matt VandeBerg for a 36-yard touchdown pass - missed extra point (Stanford 38 - Iowa 9) 13:12
  • Akrum Wadley catches a swing pass from Beathard for a 31-yard touchdown pass (Stanford 38 - Iowa 16) 2:46
  • Rector catches another touchdown pass for Stanford. This one is 42 yards (Stanford 45 - Iowa 16) 1:54

Christian McCaffrey leads Stanford's rout of Iowa

Christian McCaffrey became the first player in Rose Bowl history to tally more than 100 yards rushing and receiving. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Christian McCaffrey became the first player in Rose Bowl history to tally more than 100 yards rushing and receiving. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Christian McCaffrey caught a short pass and sprinted the rest of the way for a 75-yard Stanford touchdown in the first 11 seconds of the Rose Bowl on Friday and Iowa was history.

The Cardinal defeated the Hawkeyes, 45-16, in front of a black-and-gold dominated crowd of 94,268.

Stanford finished the season 12-2 overall while Iowa fell to 12-2.

McCaffrey put on a one-man show as he caught 18 passes for 172 yards, rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown in four carries and returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown. He finished the game with 368 all-purpose yards.

The Stanford sophomore became the first player in Rose Bowl history to tally more than 100 yards rushing and receiving.

Stanford had a 35-0 lead at halftime and held Iowa scoreless until late in the third quarter when the Hawkeyes finally managed to score on a 39-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn to cut the deficit to 38-3.

Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 12 of 21 passes for three touchdowns, with an interception on a tipped pass in the end zone.

Iowa’s C.J. Beathard completed 21 of 33 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns, with an interception that Quenton Meeks returned 66 yards for a touchdown.

Stanford’s defense sacked Beathard seven times.

Photos: 102nd Rose Bowl game

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Stanford 45, Iowa 16 -- Final

C.J. Beathard fumbles the ball on a handoff, Stanford recovers and the Cardinal will take the victory formation.

Iowa was moving down the field after Beathard completed  passes of 17 and 12 yards.

Beathard then slipped on first down and threw incomplete passes on second and third downs.

On fourth down, Beathard completed a 21-yard pass to Derrick Mitchell Jr.

He then completed an 11-yard pass to Tevaun Smith and a nine-yard pass to Jacob Hillyer before the fumble at the Stanford 23-yard line.

Heisman recount?

Christian McCaffrey celebrates with teammate. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Christian McCaffrey celebrates with teammate.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Stanford 45, Iowa 16 -- 1:54 left in the fourth quarter

Michael Rector scores a touchdown late in the 4th quarter. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Michael Rector scores a touchdown late in the 4th quarter.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Stanford hasn't taken its foot off the gas pedal.

Kevin Hogan completed a 42-yard pass to Michael Rector for a touchdown.

Iowa attempted an onside kick that Stanford recovered and the Cardinal started the possession on Iowa’s 49-yard line.

Christian McCaffrey caught a seven-yard pass and then Hogan went long for another touchdown.

The drive covered 49 yards in two plays and took 50 seconds off the clock.

Christian McCaffrey is the first player to have more than 100 yards receiving and rushing in a Rose Bowl game.

Stanford 38, Iowa 16 -- 2:46 left in the fourth quarter

Akrum Wadley dives into the end zone for a touchdown. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Akrum Wadley dives into the end zone for a touchdown.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

C.J. Beathard completed a 31-yard pass to Akrum Wadley for a touchdown.

The drive covered 80 yards in seven plays.

Wadley rushed for 14 yards in the drive and the Hawkeyes were helped along the way when Stanford was called for a 15-yard personal foul.

Beathard completed a five-yard pass to Derrick Mitchell Jr. and then Mitchell rushed for a couple yards to help set up the touchdown pass.

At least 38-16 sounds somewhat more respectable for Iowa.

Iowa intercepts a Kevin Hogan pass

Josey Jewell grabbed a tipped pass in the end zone to intercept a throw by Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan.

The Cardinal, facing third and nine, were on the brink of scoring again.

Christian McCaffrey rushed for 27 yards in consecutive carries before Hogan completed a 12-yard pass to Trent Irwin on third down.

Three plays later, Remound Wright kept the drive moving when he rushed for 15 yards on third down and put Stanford within 10 yards of the goal line.

Stanford committed a false start, Hogan rushed for six yards in consecutive carries and then threw the pass that was intercepted.

Cardinal defense is sack happy -- 7 and counting

C.J. Beathard is sacked by Stanford defensive end Aziz Shittu. (Lenny Ignelzi / AP Photo)

C.J. Beathard is sacked by Stanford defensive end Aziz Shittu.(Lenny Ignelzi / AP Photo)

  • A Shittu - 1.5
  • B. Martinez - .5
  • P. Kalambayi - 1
  • S. Thomas - 1
  • B. Scarlett - 1
  • R. Harris - .5
  • K. Palma - 1
  • M. Tyler - .5 

Stanford 38, Iowa 9 -- 13:12 left in the fourth quarter

Matt VandeBerg runs into the end zone. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Matt VandeBerg runs into the end zone.(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

C.J. Beathard completed a 36-yard pass to Matt VandeBerg and Iowa has its first touchdown of the game.

As the Hawkeyes luck would go, the extra point was no good.

Desmond King set up the scoring drive with a 43-yard punt return.

Akrum Wadley rushed for a yard before Beathard was sacked for a seventh time.

On third and 15, Beathard saw VandeBerg open and made a nice throw for the score.

The drive covered 31 yards in three plays.

Iowa defense steps up

Iowa’s defense finally made a few plays that fans expected to see.

Christian McCaffrey rushed for 15 yards in consecutive carries before Kevin Hogan rushed for nine yards.

The Hawkeyes then tackled Bryce Love for a two-yard loss, forced Hogan to throw an incomplete pass, and then Matt Nelson and Faith Ekakitie sacked Hogan on third and 22. 

The Cardinal finally got a punt off after committing two penalties. 

Desmond King returned the punt 43 yards and would have gone all the way if he had broken one more tackle.

Stanford 38, Iowa 3 -- 3:36 left in the third quarter

There went the Stanford shutout.

After the Cardinal fumbled a snap on an attempted punt, Iowa took over on Stanford’s 25-yard line.

C.J. Beathard took a big hit on fourth down but managed to complete a nine-yard pass to Jordan Canzeri to keep the Hawkeyes hopes of avoiding a shutout alive.

LeShun Daniels was then stopped for no gain, there was an Iowa false start, an incomplete pass and then Beathard was sacked — but nevertheless, the field-goal unit managed to put three points on the board on a 39-yard kick by Marshall Koehn. 

The Hawkeyes' crowd went wild.

Stanford's band upsets Iowa fans with 'Farmer's Only' halftime show

The Stanford band performs at halftime. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

The Stanford band performs at halftime.(Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Another three and out for Iowa

Two three and outs to start the second half for Iowa.

This has to be deflating.

LeShun Danies rushed for three yards, Jordan Canzeri was stuffed at the line and C.J. Beathard’s third-down pass fell incomplete.

Here come’s Christian McCaffrey back to the field.

Stanford 38, Iowa 0 -- 11:09 left in the third

Stanford settled for a field goal after Christian McCaffrey broke a few more ankles.

McCaffrey rushed for six yards to open the drive and then two plays later rushed for 30 yards.

You have to wonder what Iowa defenders think when he starts running at them because they’ve stood little chance at stopping him as he bounces around them left and right.

Conrad Ukropina kicked a 31-yard field goal after two incomplete passes by Hogan and a four-yard rush by Remound Wright. 

The drive covered 51 yards in seven plays.

Three and out to start second half for Iowa

The second half didn’t start any better for Iowa.

Matt VandeBerg dropped a first-down pass, C.J. Beathard completed a three-yard pass to Henry Krieger Coble and then Beathard was sacked on third down.

The Stanford band has been more entertaining.

Halftime statistics

To say Stanford dominated Iowa in the first half might be putting it lightly.

The Cardinal lead 35-0 and have scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, has rushed for 87 yards in eight carries, has caught three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, and returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown.

Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan is six of 11 for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard has completed nine of 15 passes for 64 yards.

Quenton Meeks intercepted a Beathard along the sideline and return it 66 yards for a score.

 Stanford is averaging 10 yards per play to Iowa’s 3.2.

The most interesting stat, however, is time of possession.

Stanford usually wants to hang onto the ball the longest, but their time of possession is 10:10 to Iowa’s 19:50. Scoring has been been that quick and easy for the Cardinal.

Rose Bowl records that are in jeopardy

Largest margin of victory: 

  • Michigan 49 - Stanford 0 (1902)
  • Michigan 49 - USC 0 (1948)

Most points scored by one team:

  • Oregon 59 (2015)

Rough end to first half for Iowa

That first half couldn't have gone worse for Iowa, which trails, 35-0.

On the Hawkeyes' final possession of the second quarter, C.J. Beathard threw an incomplete pass, rushed for two yards and then on the next play he crossed the line of scrimmage while attempting a pass. That earned Iowa a five-yard penalty, loss of a down and 10-second runoff on the clock to end the half.

Stanford punts for a second time

Stanford punted for its second time of the first half.

Kevin Hogan rushed for four yards and Christian McCaffrey rushed for 11 yards and caught a five-yard pass before the drive stalled.

McCaffrey rushed for five yards and Hogan threw two incompletions.

Turnover on downs for Iowa

Iowa turned the ball over on downs.

On fourth and 12 from Stanford’s 31-yard line, Blake Martinez and and Peter Kalambayi sacked C.J. Beathard.

The drive went 40 yards in 13 plays and took 6:14 off the clock.

Not only has Stanford’s defense stopped the Hawkeyes, but they've been hindered by their own penalties, including two false starts on that drive. 

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