Oct. 8, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior quarterback Josh Nunes has been named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career following Stanford's 54-48 overtime victory over Arizona, as announced today by the league.
Nunes led Stanford back from a 14-point deficit in Saturday's conference win over Arizona. He threw for a career-high 360 yards plus two touchdowns, including 117 yards and six passing first downs during the comeback fourth quarter. The first-year starter completed three passes for more than 40 yards in the victory. Nunes finished the day 21 of 34 passing without an interception.
Nunes accounted for five touchdowns in the victory, including three of the rushing variety. With no previous career rushing touchdowns, the 6-foot-4 Cardinal quarterback ran once, twice and a third time for scores against Arizona, the final two coming in the closing minutes of regulation.
Nunes twice scrambled on third-and-long situations for runs of 10-plus yards, sustaining eventual touchdown-scoring drives.
No. 17 Stanford (4-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) next plays its annual non-conference game against No. 7 Notre Dame (5-0) Saturday in Notre Dame, Ind. The 12:30 (PT) contest will be televised nationally on NBC.
Two regular season home games remain for the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium this season - Oct. 27 vs. Washington State and Nov. 10 vs. Oregon State. Tickets may be purchased online at GoStanford.com, at the Stanford Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-STANFORD.