WEST POINT - Hosting a top-five team for the first time since 1962, Army football took an early lead over Stanford but a scoreless third quarter doomed the Black Knights as the Cardinal escaped Michie Stadium with a 34-20 victory on Saturday afternoon. Junior Terry Baggett rushed for a team-high 96 yards, while a pair of Daniel Grochowski field goals gave Army the early advantage.
A sold-out crowd of 39,644 became alive when Stanford’s first drive of the game ended in a fumble as quarterback Kevin Hogan was stripped by Army junior defensive end Mike Ugenyi in Cardinal territory, setting up Grochowski’s 39-yard field goal.
The buzz continued inside Michie Stadium as a three-and-out on Stanford’s ensuing drive was converted into another Grochowski field goal. The Black Knights (1-2) marched their way down the field after the Cardinal (2-0) punt, as senior running back Raymond Maples, junior quarterback Angel Santiago and junior fullback Larry Dixon all chipped in rushing yards to get Army into field goal range. Grochowski connected from a career-long 48 yards to give the Black Knights a 6-0 lead.
Stanford cracked the scoring column on its following possession to avoid being shut out in the stanza as senior running back Tyler Gaffney strung together 41 yards on three carries to set up a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Hogan to Michael Rector with 32 seconds left in the quarter. Gaffney finished with a game-high 132 yards rushing.
The Cardinal needed just one play to stretch its lead to 14-6 as Hogan threw a bomb to junior Ty Montgomery for a 46-yard touchdown.
Stanford field goals bookended a 15-yard Larry Dixon touchdown, which was set up in part to a Baggett’s game-best 46-yard run.
Army charged into Stanford territory just once in the third quarter, a drive which ended in a lost fumble by Santiago. The Cardinal converted the momentum into another touchdown as Gaffney broke into the end zone for the second time on the afternoon, taking a 23-yard pass from Hogan to the house en route to a 27-13 lead.
Stanford tacked on one more touchdown after a three-and-out by the Black Knights, before Army capped the afternoon’s scoring efforts when sophomore quarterback A.J. Schurr connected with Edgar Poe for a six-yard touchdown. The onsides kick attempt by Army failed as Stanford avoided the upset bid with a 34-20 victory.