Stanford wide receivers have played second fiddle to the tight ends and backs in recent years. So when a Cardinal receiver has a career day -- especially in a conference championship game -- it's worth the recognition.
Stanford senior Drew Terrell caught four balls for 70 yards and a touchdown in helping the Cardinal win the Pac-12 championship and advance to the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio for the first time since 1999. All were career highs.
Now, when you look at some of the wide receivers in the Pac-12 -- a lot of whom get four catches, 70 yards and a touchdown before breakfast -- that doesn't seem like much. But make no mistake -- Terrell was a game-changer on Friday night.
He caught a 26-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 24-24 after the Bruins had taken the lead on their previous possession. On UCLA's next possession, the Cardinal defense forced a three-and-out, and Terrell returned the ensuing punt 18 yards to the UCLA 43.
That set up Jordan Williamson's decisive 36-yard field goal.
In a game where two A-list running backs were on display, it was Terrell who led all receivers with his 70 yards and 17.5-yard average. Worth noting, too, that his touchdown came on a third-and-15. Terrell has caught 13 balls on third down this year and converted each one for a first down.