Stanford passed it’s first big test of the season taking down Washington in a matchup of top-15 teams. A big reason for the Cardinal’s 31-28 victory was the play of junior WR Ty Montgomery.
Montgomery got started early, taking the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to set the tone for Stanford. Montgomery proceeded to catch 3 passes for 56 yards and carry the ball twice for 30 yards. If one of the preseason concerns for Stanford was trying to find a playmaker on the outside, Montgomery has certainly been the answer to that with his big-play ability this season.
Montgomery has recorded a catch of over 30 yards in four of five games this season, along with 2 carries of over 25 yards. While his offensive contributions have been evident, his biggest impact might be in special teams, where Ty has averaged 33 yard per kick return, including Saturday’s 99-yard touchdown to open the game. With a young QB like Kevin Hogan at the helm, a veteran, play-making weapon on the outside is a huge element in a potent Cardinal offense that has National Championship aspirations.