Stanford Top 10 moments: No. 4

With one game left to play we're taking a look back at some of the memorable moments/series of moments from Stanford's 2011 season. Some were individual plays, others were a series of plays or games as a whole that were significant to the season.


Setting the scene: Is there anything more deflating than fumbling the opening kickoff and giving your opponent the ball at your own 36? Ask Colorado. After Jeremy Stewart fumbled the kickoff to start the game, Colorado moved from the Stanford 36 to the 12 and lined up for a field goal that would put the Cardinal in an early hole. Not on Max Bergen's watch.

Why it's memorable: If you recall a week earlier, the defense came up with a huge four-down, goal line stand on UCLA's opening offensive drive. It looked like they'd fall behind early, only to have the defense come up big. This time, it was Bergen and the special teams unit.

Bergen blasted through the middle on Will Oliver's 29-yard field goal attempt, blocked the kick, picked up the ball on the hop and then bolted 75 yards the other way for a touchdown. It was the perfect trifecta of block, recovery and score and a 10-point swing.

A three-and-out on Colorado's next drive, a touchdown on Stanford's (missed PAT) and the Cardinal were cruising 13-0 after the first and would go on to win 48-7. Unlike the UCLA stand, when the defense took a few plays to wake up, against Colorado they were forced on to the field sooner than they expected and they responded by 1) keeping Colorado out of the end zone and 2) Bergen getting the ultimate momentum swing -- a special teams touchdown.

Worth noting -- again -- that opposing teams were just 7-of-18 against the Cardinal on field goal attempts this season. But none was bigger than Bergen's block and score.