Nov. 6, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
Final score: Stanford 42, Arizona 17
Stanford wins, and improves to 8-1, its best start since 1970.
Fourth quarter (3:23 left): Stanford 42, Arizona 17
Arizona lined up for a squib kick, but then changed to a long-kick formation. Chris Owusu returned it 35 yards, but a holding penalty brought it back. Stanford began its series on its own 17.
Stanford stayed on the ground in an effort to chew up the clock. A slicing, spinning 17-yard run by Anthony Wilkerson moved the ball to the Arizona 43. The freshman Wilkerson has nine carries for 79 yards.
A bootleg run by Luck picked up 11, to the 5, and Taylor scored his fourth touchdown of the game on the next play, standing up.
Fourth quarter (9:02 left): Stanford 35, Arizona 17
Arizona has a third and five at the 36, with Nick Foles completing a pass to David Roberts for 14 yards to the 22.
The Wildcats picked up another first on a pass interference penalty, and Foles hit Roberts again, this time for 10 to the 3 and another first.
Keola Antolin scored from the 1 by bouncing off the line and finding a sliver of daylight off left guard with 9:02 left.
Fourth quarter (11:59 left): Stanford 35, Arizona 10
On fourth down, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Nick Foles' pass was deflected by defensive end Thomas Keiser and fell incomplete.
Deep in its own territory, Luck went deep to Chris Owusu, who made a diving catch for 33 yards. Owusu has nine catches for 165 yards.
After three quarters, Luck was 22 of 29 passing for 260 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Stanford was forced to punt, and it went only 23 yards, giving Arizona the ball at its own 37 with 11:59 left.
End of third quarter: Stanford 35, Arizona 10
Again, Arizona moved the ball swiftly and quickly. Stanford safety Delano Howell delivered a big hit on Juron Criner, but that didn't stop the Wildcats.
On third down, Keola Antolin carried for 18 yards, and Arizona didn't give Stanford a chance to catch its breath. However, Arizona faced a fourth and four at the Stanford 5 at the end of the third quarter.
Third quarter (1:24 left): Stanford 35, Arizona 10
With the way Arizona moved the ball on its previous drive, Stanford would like to run time off the clock.
However, Stanford faced a third and nine at the Arizona 37 when Luck exploited a blitz by hitting Doug Baldwin on a slant for 20 yards to the 17.
On second down, Luck ran naked bootleg, but had no receiver on his side of the field and threw the ball away. On third, Luck kept it on an option for a gain of six and a first down to the 3.
Two plays later, Stepfan Taylor scored his third touchdown of the game, with a one-yard run off right guard.
Stanford got what it need to answer Arizona, a 10-play, 78-yard drive.
Third quarter (5:45 left): Stanford 28, Arizona 10
Arizona went to the hurry-up offense on its next drive and began the move the ball quickly and easily.
Nick Foles hit Juron Criner for a seven-yard touchdown pass to finish it off. The drive was impressive, covering 65 yards on eight plays in only 1:26. The snaps came swiftly, even for a hurry-up spread, and Stanford had no answer.
Third quarter (7:16 left): Stanford 28, Arizona 3
Arizona took the second-half kickoff, but gained little, with quarterback Nick Foles sacked by Sione Fua on third down to end the drive.
Taylor gained seven more behind a nice block by fullback Owen Marecic. A misdirection pass to Chris Owusu brought the ball to the Arizona 7. Two plays later, Andrew Luck went with the play-action fake on an end run and then dished to Tyler Gaffney on a shovel pass for the touchdown from five yards.
Halftime: Stanford 21, Arizona 3
Arizona moved the chains with a pair of short passes and then suffered another two drops to force a third and 10 with 43 seconds left but Foles threw to David Roberts for 12 and a first.
Foles than hit Juron Criner down a seam for 26, in which Stanford barely prevented a touchdown. On the next play, Foles threw directly to Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman for an interception in the right flat around the 20, to halt the threat.
Second quarter (1:18 left): Stanford 21, Arizona 3
Another three-and-out by Stanford led to a punt, and Arizona had the ball back at its own 17 with 4:08 left in the half, but Wildcats were held as well.
Stanford gets another opportunity to increase it's lead before the half, and Drew Terrell returned it 27 yards before running into his own blocker, preventing a chance to break it all the way. Stanford gained possession at Arizona's 35.
Second quarter (5:55 left): Stanford 14, Arizona 3
Arizona's next possession ended at midfield on an incomplete pass on third and long after a promising opening, with a pair of quick first downs.
However, a deep punt, plus a block-in-the-back penalty, forced Stanford to begin its series at its own 5, and went three-and-out. This enabled Arizona to begin its next possession at the Stanford 43.
Juron Criner ran around right end on a fake double reverse for 24 yards. With a third and three at the 15, a Nick Foles pass bounced off the chest of his receiver and the Wildcats lined up for a 33-yard field goal, which was converted by Alex Zendejas.
Second quarter (11:43 left): Stanford 14, Arizona 0
On the first play of the second quarter, on a third and 15, Andrew Luck hit Chris Owusu with an 18-yard pass despite the receiver being tightly covered by two defenders. The pass threaded the needle to reach Owusu.
A first-down pass to Ryan Whalen brought the ball to the 16, and was followed two plays later with a quick out to tight end Coby Fleener to the 3. Moments later, Stepfan Taylor ran over right tackle for a 2-yard touchdown, making the score 14-0.
The drive took 14 plays to cover 89 yards.
End of first quarter: Stanford 7, Arizona 0
Arizona's next possession appeared to end in a fumble. That was the ruling after Shayne Skov hit Arizona receiver Juron Criner and the ball came loose. Richard Sherman had the recovery. However, after a replay, the call was overruled and called an incomplete pass.
Hard rushes by the Stanford defense resulted in big hits, but as yet, no sacks on Arizona quarterback Nick Foles.
As the quarter ended, Stanford had the ball, facing third and 15 on Arizona's 47.
First quarter (12:06 left): Stanford 7, Arizona 0