David Shaw couldn’t have asked for a better start.

The Stanford Cardinal rolled to a 41-10 win over Colgate on Saturday, opening the new season with a resounding win. While other Pac-12 peers played lesser competition close during the opening weekend, Stanford stepped on the gas immediately and never let up.

On the very first play from scrimmage, Stanford running back EJ Smith found a crease and exploded for an 87-yard touchdown.

Smith finished with 118 yards and two scores on just 11 carries.

As a whole, the offense produced 10 explosive plays — eight of which came in the pass game. Quarterback Tanner McKee completed 22 of his 27 passes for 308 yards and two scores. He had five completions of 20-plus yards and three that went for at least 30. Wideout Michael Wilson had five catches for 82 yards and two scores. John Humphreys had four for 88.

On the other side of the ball, Stanford’s secondary was a no-fly zone. Colgate had just 59 passing yards as a team on 20 attempts. The Cardinal forced four turnovers and sacked the quarterback twice.

The start should give Stanford (1-0) a ton of confidence heading into Week 2, good considering it’ll welcome USC (1-0) to town for an early conference clash. The two are scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m. PT next Saturday.