His 5 best games at Stanford
Former Stanford star Christian McCaffrey is back to the bay area after the 49ers acquired him by trade from the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
San Francisco negotiated second-, third-, and fourth-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, as well as a 2024 fifth-round pick in Carolina in exchange for McCaffrey, who is expected to fly to the Bay Area on Friday and join the team, although it’s still unclear if he’ll make the quick turn to play Sunday against the Chiefs.
Before he arrives, let’s take a look at some of his biggest games during his first stint in Northern California.
2015 vs. UCLA
McCaffrey rushed for 243 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-35 win for No. 15 Stanford over No. 18 UCLA.
He returned a kick from 96 yards to set up a Stanford touchdown before entering the end zone himself. But McCaffrey got into the painted zone: He scored twice in the second quarter on runs for 9 and 28 yards, then added two more in the third quarter, including an untouched 70-yard run into the end zone. For good measure, it also has r.
Stanford fans also remember the game for Francis Owusu’s incredible touchdown in which he hit a UCLA defenseman, for 41 yards.
Big Game 2015
McCaffrey didn’t run for a touchdown, but he still scored twice in that 35-22 win over Cal, winning the Pac-12 North and setting a then Stanford all-purpose yard record 389.
He scored a second-quarter touchdown on a screen pass, breaking up two tackles in the backfield before finding the open field and breaking through Cal’s defense for a 49-yard touchdown.
Just before halftime, he took a Bears kickoff 98 yards down the right sideline for another thrilling touchdown to cut the Cardinal’s lead to two scores, and Cal never came close. five points the rest of the way.
2015 Pac-12 Championship Game
With a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, McCaffrey passed Stanford’s first touchdown and scored two more in the closing minutes to put the game out of reach for USC.
He took a backhand on the first play of the second quarter and threw the ball to quarterback Kevin Hogan, who was on his own for 11 yards to give the Cardinal a 10-0 lead. Those 11 yards didn’t count toward his new Stanford-record total of 461 all-purpose yards in the win.
A halftime lead turned into a 16-13 deficit for the Cardinal, but McCaffrey took a 67-yard pass from Hogan on the ensuing drive to set up a rushed score by the quarterback during of the next game.
He then led Stanford on a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, accounting for 56 of 75 yards covered to extend a five-point lead to 12. A 10-yard run capped the scoring in a 41-22 win.
Rose Bowl after the 2015 season
On the big stage, McCaffrey came on huge, immediately.
Facing Iowa on January 1, 2016 at the Rose Bowl, McCaffrey took the first play from scrimmage 75 yards for a score on another angular route out of the backfield.
It was just the start of a 45-16 rout and another massive game for McCaffrey – in fact, the biggest in Rose Bowl history, as he set a game-high 368 yards. versatile. He later took a 63-yard punt in the second quarter for a score that extended Stanford’s lead to 28-0.
The 2015 season saw McCaffrey break Barry Sanders’ NCAA record for single-season all-purpose yards with 3,864 and become the first Cardinal player to reach 2,000 rushing yards.
Big Game 2016
McCaffrey set Stanford’s single-game rushing record with 284 yards in a 45-31 win at Cal.
Stanford entered halftime with a 17-14 lead before McCaffrey scored three second-half touchdowns, starting with 90 yards on a run down the middle early in the third quarter. He took a handoff, cut slightly left, then shook off two Bears defenders with a cut right, broke an arm tackle and moved past Cal’s defense into the end zone.
He nailed 11 yards out later in the third quarter with a bouncing 1-yard touchdown early in the fourth to help secure the victory for Cardinal.