Stanford could not have had a worse half of football against Washington State Saturday afternoon, and when the game went to break with the Cardinal trailing 42-7, social media was inundated with calls to fire head coach David Shaw.

Stanford has been bad this season, opening up 1-4 before back-to-back wins over Notre Dame (on the road) and Arizona State quieted things down. A week ago, the Cardinal lost 38-13 to UCLA in a game they simply did not look competitive in. On Saturday at home, Stanford went three-and-out on its first two possessions and fumbled the ball four more times before halftime.

Washington State score 42 first-half points, more points than it had scored in any full game this season prior to Saturday. They averaged 9.6 yards a run and 7.4 yards a play. Wazzu tailback Nakia Watson had 13 carries for 158 yards in the first half. Stanford, down its top four running backs and sending out a converted safety to run the ball, had 52 rushing yards as a team.

The Cardinal has been allergic to scoring this season. It was again in the first half against Washington State. At halftime, Stanford has managed just three offensive touchdowns in its previous 13 quarters of football.

And fans seem to be fed up.

Anyone and everyone was left asking the same question: how does Shaw โ€” one of college football’s highest-paid coaches โ€” still have his job?