EA Super Sim – Trees Topple Cougs, 24-14

Thought it would be fun to do the old EA “Super Sim” feature for the Stanford  – WSU game with NCAA ’10, just to see what might happen.  It played out in a semi-realistic manner too, not bad for a videogame.  Of course, the wrong team won, but whatever.  The game was played entirely as a simulation, where the plays were called and players controlled CPU vs. CPU style.  However to simulate the two-QB system that we will see tomorrow, I did go in and substitute the WSU QB’s, each for a different quarter of play.

Stanford got out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, including a shocking, 75-yard TD pass to Ryan Whalen who got behind the secondary on the second play of the game, 7-0 Cardinal.  After a three-and-out by WSU, Stanford would churn out a long scoring drive, highlighted by short TD run by backup running back Jeremy Stewart, 14-0 Cardinal. 

Meanwhile, Kevin Lopina started and played the entire first quarter, but struggled without leading the team on a scoring drive before giving way to Marshall Lobbestael in the 2nd.  Lobbestael immediately led the team on a TD drive, marching the Cougs 80 yards on nine plays, as James Montgomery took one in from seven yards out to cut it to 14-7.  Stanford would then come right back down the field themselves, converting several 3rd-and-short plays, and finally scoring a TD as Toby Gerhart dove over from the one with 25 seconds left in the half.  21-7 Stanford at the intermission.

Lopina back in to start the third quarter, and right out of the chute, led the team to a TD.  The highlight of the drive was a 57-yard pass to Dwight Tardy out of the backfield, setting up first-and-goal.  Tardy would score on the next play, 21-14.  Check the vid:

EA Sports: NCAA Football 10 Video

From there, both defenses stepped up at that point, and it was a battle back and forth the rest of the way.  Just when you thought Kevin Lopina was solidifying the QB job by getting something done, he came out at the end of the third quarter with a shoulder injury, so it was Lobbestael the rest of the game.  Marshall struggled however, as you’ll see from the final stats below, getting the team past midfield just once in four fourth-quarter possessions.  Stanford kicked a field goal late after a 13-play, clock-sucking drive which featured several Toby Gerhart conversions on third and short.  24-14 is your final.

Stanford QB Andrew Luck didn’t play very well, but did just enough to stay out of trouble.  But none of the QB’s did much of anything, sort of a sloppy affair reminiscent of the Oregon – Boise State game last night?  Defensively, Bernard Wolfgramm announced his Cougar presence with authority, racking up some tackles for loss and a couple of sacks.  Welcome to the PAC-10 Bernard! 

Here’s the final stats:

Total Yards:
Stanford 407
WSU 316

Rushing yards:
Stanford 41-173-2 TD
WSU 24-67-2 TD

Individual Rushing notables:

Gerhart – 34-165-1TD-long 21-1 fumble (Star of the game)
Stewart – 4-8-1TD
Luck – 2-minus-5

Tardy – 16-56- 1TD
Montgomery – 3-16-1TD
Mitz – 2-12
Lopina 4-minus-7

Passing yards:
Stanford 10-29-234 yards-0INT-1TD
WSU 19-46-249-1INT-0TD

Individual Passing:
Andrew Luck – 10-29-234 yards-0 INT-1 TD-sacked 3 times


Kevin Lopina – 7-18-147-1 INT-0 TD – sacked 3 times
Marshall Lobbestael – 12-28-102-0 INT – 0 TD- sacked 0 times


Owusu – 3-79-26.3 ypc – long 33
Dray – 2-16-8.0 ypc- long 10
Baldwin – 2-28-14.0 ypc – long 16
Whalen – 1-75-75.0 ypc – 1 TD
Gerhart – 1-18-18.0 ypc

Tardy – 5-95-19.0 ypc-long 57
Anderson – 5-67-13.4
Simone – 3-23-7.6 ypc-long 10
Karstetter – 3-30-10.0 ypc – long 12

Howell – 8 tackles
Snyder – 7 tackles,1 sack
Evans – 6 tackles, 2 TFL
Lorig – 5 tackles, 1 sack
Masifilo – 5 tackles, 1 sack
Sherman – 3 tackles, 1 INT

Wolfgramm: 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks
Mattingly: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 pass-breakups
Turpin: 6 tackles, 1 TFL
Long: 6 tackles
Kooyman: 5 tackles, 1 TFL
Hicks: 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 pass-breakups
Nwachukwu – 4 tackles, 1 pass-breakup

Let’s hope it works out better in real life. 

Hope to see you all today for the tailgate!  GO COUGS!