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.