Stanford 45, Iowa 16
Stanford’s first half blitz was enough to overcome Iowa, giving the Cardinal their second Rose Bowl victory in the last four years. The Pac-12 champions were once again led by do-everything running back Christian McCaffrey, who broke multiple Rose Bowl records in another amazing performance.
Player of the game
- McCaffrey set a Rose Bowl record for all-purpose yards with 368, scored two touchdowns and became the first player ever to record 100 yards both rushing and receiving in Rose Bowl history.
- Stanford set a record for first half points in a Rose Bowl with 35.
- McCaffrey’s 63-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter made him the first FBS player since 2010 to record a touchdown via rushing, throwing, receiving, kick return and punt return in the same year.
- McCaffrey established a new Stanford single-season rushing record with 2,109 yards.
- Iowa’s C.J. Beathard threw for 65 yards and an interception in the first half, and 174 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.
- Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector caught two passes totaling 73 yards, both of which went for touchdowns.
- Iowa was held to 48 rushing yards, its lowest total of the season and second consecutive game under 100.
- Stanford improved to 7-7-1 all-time in the Rose Bowl, while Iowa fell to 2-4.
- McCaffrey caught a pass from Kevin Hogan and raced 75 yards to the end zone on Stanford’s first play of the game, his longest play from scrimmage this season.