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FINAL: Stanford races out to big lead, dominates Iowa 45-16

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LOS ANGELES (KWWL) -

Iowa's mantra all week long: contain Stanford's Christian McCaffrey.

McCaffrey, it seems, can't be contained.

He would finish the game 368 all purpose yards, setting the Rose Bowl record for most all purpose yards in a game, and add two touchdowns.

And just for good measure, he would set another Rose Bowl record in the fourth quarter. He became the first player in the game's history to gain 100 yards both rushing and receiving.  Stanford outgained Iowa 430 yards to 290.

Iowa simply couldn't get in a rhythm offensively. Receivers couldn't get open, running backs couldn't find much running room, and C.J. Beathard was sacked seven times by a stout Cardinal defense. They finally showed some signs of life in the second half, but it was too little, too late.

Beathard finished the game 21 of 33 for 239 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

It went wrong for Iowa very early in the game. McCaffrey, the Heisman runner-up took the first play from scrimmage 75 yards for a touchdown to put Stanford up 7-0 early, shocking the throngs of Iowa fans who have traveled from Iowa for this game.

After Stanford forced an Iowa three-and-out, McCaffrey would again punish the Hawkeyes, running for 52 yards on a drive that ended with a Kevin Hogan 8-yard touchdown run.

Five minutes in, and Stanford takes a 14-0 lead, and things would quickly get worse for Iowa.

The Hawkeyes looked to be on the move when C.J. Beathard threw a pick-6, and the Cardinal jumped to a commanding 21-0 lead.

Iowa finally got the stop it was looking for, forcing a 3-and-out, but Dillon Kid's punt would be returned, by, guess who? Christian McCaffrey. 63 yards later, Stanford jumps to a 28-0 lead in front of a shell-shocked pro-Iowa crowd.

Then, a bit of trickeration from Stanford. Hogan fake fumbles the ball, which is just enough to freeze the safeties, and finds Michael Rector for a 31-yard touchdown to put the Cardinal up 35-0.

Those 35 points set a Rose Bowl record for most points scored in the first half, and tied for second most in a half in the game's history.

This is now the fourth straight Rose Bowl appearance for the Hawkeyes where they've found themselves trailing by at least 21 points. It's also the first time the Hawkeyes were held scoreless in the first half this season.

Things were much quieter in the second half, as the Hawkeyes held Stanford to just three points.

Iowa would finally get on the board with 3:36 left in the third quarter, after the long snap of a Stanford punt got by the punter, giving the Hawkeyes tremendous field possession.

They would settle for a field goal.

After forcing a punt, Iowa would finally find the end zone. Beathard hit Matt VandeBerg for a 36 yard touchdown. Marshall Koehn missed the extra point, but Iowa made it 38-9.

Stanford drove again, running the ball extremely well against an over-matched defense, but Josey Jewell intercepted Hogan in the end zone to keep Stanford from the end zone.

After an impressive drive, Beathard found a wide open Akrum Wadley for a 31 yard touchdown to make it 38-16.

But it was too little too late. Stanford added a late touchdown to push the final score to 45-16.

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