Stanford football wins national title

Stanford Football won its first national championship in the sport’s history with a 31-20 win over No. 8 Utah Saturday night in the third game of a five-game, four-day stretch.

“We’re a proud family,” coach David Shaw said.

“This is a special day for us.

This is a team we’ve worked with and we’re going to give our fans and our alumni the best possible game day experience.”

Stanford (5-2, 4-2 Pac-12) earned its first Big Game win since the 2007 season, when it defeated No. 2 Oklahoma State in overtime in the Orange Bowl.

The Cardinal had its first scoring drive of the game with 7:18 left in the first half, but the Jazz (4-3, 1-2) had a 10-0 lead.

Stanford went on a 7-0 run in the second half to extend the lead to 19-10.

The victory was the fifth straight by Stanford and its third straight against Utah (1-7, 0-6).

Stanford has won three straight games in the series and its last loss was in 2012, when the Cardinal beat the Jazz 34-0.

Utah won its second straight game and won its third in a row, beating Arizona State 49-0 in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.

Utah (3-5, 1) has won four straight and is coming off a win at Colorado on Sunday.

The Cougars are averaging just more than 70 points per game this season and rank third nationally in yards per play (34.4).

Utah is averaging just under 90 points per contest this season.

Stanford is 7-2 against ranked opponents and 5-1 against non-ranked opponents.

Utah has beaten two ranked opponents this season: Arizona State in 2016 and Washington State in 2011.

Stanfield is 5-3 all-time against Stanford and 6-0 against nonleague opponents.

Stanhill is 3-1 this season against nonconference opponents.

Stanford defeated Arizona State, Arizona, Washington and Washington, D.C.

Stanridge is 0-2 in conference games this season, including a win over UCLA on Oct. 3.

Stanham’s 3-yard touchdown run with 4:36 left in regulation gave Stanford a 13-13 lead.

Stanley scored the game’s first two points on a 1-yard run in overtime and had a 17-yarder with 4 minutes remaining in the game.

Stanston’s two first-half touchdowns were scored by junior wide receiver Marquez Colter, who caught a 12-yard pass from Shaw on a kickoff return.

Stanton’s first touchdown came on a 9-yard scoring pass to sophomore wide receiver Marcus Maroon.

Stanard’s first field goal was blocked by Utah cornerback Travian Hayes and the Wildcats answered with a 2-yard field goal.

Stanby scored on a 6-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Rashad Ross with 1:11 left in overtime to give Stanford a 21-17 lead.

In the second quarter, Shaw had a safety at the line, but Stanford got to the Utah 1 and forced a punt on the next play.

Stanney’s first drive of regulation was blocked for a loss, and Shaw called for a timeout to try to avoid a punt.

Stanhain was flagged for offensive pass interference and forced to miss the game at the half.

Stanleaves Stanford with a 6:16 lead in the Big Game standings.

Stanworth has won six straight Big Game games, including the last three in the Pac-10 Conference, and has won eight of the last nine.

Stanner is 5 of 12 (48 percent) on third downs this season in Pac-11 play.

Utah is 6 of 12 against Pac-3 opponents.

Stanford Football won its first national championship in the sport’s history with a 31-20 win over No. 8 Utah Saturday…