STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Ty Montgomery answered any questions about his health on his first touch, and Stanford's reconstructed defense looked just as rejuvenated in the season opener.
Next week will really give a glimpse of how far the Cardinal can go this year.
Montgomery returned his first career punt for a touchdown and caught five passes for 77 yards and another score, and No. 11 Stanford tuned up for a date with No. 15 Southern California by routing UC Davis 45-0 on Saturday.
"Our opponents are nameless and faceless. It doesn't matter who we play. We have to play to our standard," Montgomery said, reciting the team motto.
The All-American kick returner, who was cleared by doctors to play earlier this week after offseason surgery on his right shoulder, set the tone. The Cardinal's do-it-all playmaker ran the first punt back 60 yards for a TD and lined up all over the field, including once as a wildcat quarterback.
Stanford led 38-0 at the half against the overmatched Aggies and rested most of its starters the final two quarters.
"I'm proud the way the guys started the game," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. "I thought we were physical. I thought we paid attention to detail. It was not perfect early on."
Kevin Hogan threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns to guide the two-time defending Pac-12 champions through a mostly smooth opener. He completed 12 of 16 passes and had one interception.
Stanford put together quick-strike TD drives of 6 seconds, 9 seconds, 53 seconds, 2:58 and 6:55.
The retooled defense held the Aggies to 115 total yards, forced three turnovers and sacked London Lacy four times to overwhelm the lower-tier Football Championship Subdivision team. UC Davis didn't crossed midfield until the final play of the game.
"I think it's good for our program, I think it's good for our kids," UC Davis coach Ron Gould said. "It sets the tone for where we want to go and what we want to build."
The Cardinal's first shutout since beating Colorado 48-0 on Nov. 3, 2012, showed just how far they've come since losing 20-17 to UC Davis in 2005. And with South Carolina's loss to Texas A&M on Thursday, Stanford now owns the nation's longest active home winning streak at 17 games.
But Stanford still has plenty to clean up before the Trojans visit The Farm.
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