NCAAF Game Recap - Northwestern at Stanford
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Northwestern (0-1)

0

0

0

7

7

(25) Stanford (1-0)

0

10

0

7

17

Costello gets hurt in No. 25 Stanford's win vs Northwestern
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:37 PM

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) With star quarterback K.J. Costello knocked out of the season opener, No. 25 Stanford had to rely on its defense and running game to get the win in the season opener.

Costello threw a 2-yard touchdown pass before getting hurt on a late hit and the Cardinal used four turnovers and an improved running game to hold off injury plagued Northwestern 17-7 on Saturday.

"It's what you want as a coach," Stanford's David Shaw said. "When things are difficult, I don't have to turn into Knute Rockne. I don't have to do all the talking. ... There's no sense of panic. There's a sense of we haven't played well enough and they're still in the game so we have to play better."

Cameron Scarlett ran for 97 yards and a key first down late that helped run out most of the clock and then Casey Toohill helped seal the win for the Cardinal (1-0) with a strip sack of Hunter Johnson that led to a fumble recovery in the end zone by Jordan Fox with 20 seconds left.

Stanford had forced a punt by Northwestern on the previous drive to preserve a three-point lead.

"That's what you live for," Toohill said. "That's the icing on the cake. You want to be out there and you want to make a play. There are so few times in your life when you get that adrenaline rush with the game on the line and you have to do your job."

Costello completed 16 of 20 passes for 152 yards and the TD pass to Michael Wilson that capped a 90-yard drive in the second quarter for the Cardinal (1-0). But his day ended early when he was hit with a forearm to the facemask while sliding on a scramble by Earnest Brown IV with just 2 seconds remaining in the first half.

Brown was called for a late hit that set up Jet Toner's 51-yard field goal but wasn't ejected for targeting. Costello stayed down on the turf for a few minutes before being helped to the locker room. He didn't return to the game.

Shaw said he didn't see the play and had no update on Costello's condition.

Northwestern also lost a quarterback with TJ Green leaving with a foot injury in the third quarter after being sacked and losing a fumble on a play in the red zone. Green was undergoing surgery at Stanford Hospital.

He had replaced the ineffective former Clemson five-star recruit Hunter Johnson late in the first half. Johnson came back in to finish and went 6 for 17 for 55 yards and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble that Stanford's Jordan Fox recovered in the end zone for a touchdown that sealed the game with 20 seconds remaining.

"I saw a freshman quarterback in his first start who did everything in his power to prepare himself to play," coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "He has to get a lot better and he will get better. He'll work on it. I have great confidence in him."

Things were so bad for the Wildcats that they failed to score after Stanford backup quarterback Davis Mills lost a fumble that Greg Newsome returned to the 21. Northwestern gained 1 yard on three plays before Charlie Kuhbander missed wide right on a 38-yard field goal try.

The Wildcats finally got on the board on a 1-yard run by John Moten IV midway through the fourth quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: Fitzgerald kept the starting quarterback secret until just before game time, not that it helped much. Johnson threw an incompletion on his first pass, was intercepted on a ricochet on his second throw and was 1 for 4 for 3 yards and an interception on his first three drives. Green entered on the fourth drive and led the Wildcats into Stanford field position for the first time before that stalled with an incompletion on fourth-and-6 from the 34. It only got slightly better in the second half but Northwestern also lost running back Isaiah Bowers to a lower-body injury.

Stanford: The Cardinal came into the season relying heavily on Costello to lead the offense and when he went down things stalled a bit. An interception in Northwestern territory by Paulson Adebo led to no points when Toner hit the upright on a 29-yard attempt and Mills missed several open receivers and lost two fumbles. He finished 7 for 14 for 81 yards. The Cardinal also lost star left tackle Walker Little to an apparent leg injury late in the game and there was no update on his condition.

UP NEXT

Northwestern: Hosts UNLV on Sept. 14.

Stanford: Visits Southern California next Saturday.

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Passing

NW Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Green 10 6 60.0 0 62 23 0 77.9
H. Johnson 17 6 35.3 0 55 17 2 5.4
Stan Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Costello 20 16 80.0 1 152 27 0 115.0
D. Mills 14 7 50.0 0 81 26 0 67.9

Rushing

NW Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
I. Bowser 10 54 5.4 15 0
H. Johnson 11 13 1.2 13 0
Stan Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Scarlett 22 97 4.4 17 0
D. Maddox 6 24 4.0 8 0

Receiving

NW Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Skowronek 5 53 10.6 17 0
J. Brown 1 23 23.0 23 0
Stan Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Wedington 7 69 9.9 26 0
M. Wilson 6 47 7.8 13 1

Fumbles

Stan F FL
C. Wedington 1 0
D. Mills 2 2

Returning

NW KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lees 1 28.0 0 28 1 20.0 0 20
Stan KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Wilson 1 16.0 0 16 2 -0.5 0 0
C. Wedington 1 25.0 0 25 0 - 0 0

Punting

NW Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Kubiuk 4 180 45.0 53
Stan Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Sanborn 5 163 32.6 39

Takeaways

Stan Int Yds InTD
A. Pryts 1 0 0
P. Adebo 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

NW Stan
Points For 7 17
Total Yards 210 365
Rushing Yards 93 132
Passing Yards 117 233
Passing Completions / Attempts 12/27 23/34
Turnovers 4 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 3/2
First Downs 15 21
Penalties - Yards 8/67 8/78
Time Of Possession 48:48 12:12
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 7/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 4/45 5/33

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NW Stan
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter NW Stan
Stan 11:48 TD Michael Wilson 2 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Jet Toner kick) 0 7
Stan 15:00 FG Jet Toner 51 yd FG 0 10
3rd Quarter NW Stan
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter NW Stan
NW 7:11 TD John Moten IV 1 yd run (Charlie Kuhbander kick) 7 10
Stan 14:40 TD Jordan Fox 0 yd fumble return (Jet Toner kick) 7 17

Game Information

Stadium: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
Attendance: 37,179
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