November 6, 2010

Quick Reads: Stanford-Arizona (2010)

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By The Daily Axe Staff
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Did you know that the Stanford campus has an Arizona Cactus Garden? It’s sobbing right now. (Image via Wikipedia)

In what was supposed to be one of the most exciting games of the college football weekend, Stanford dominated Arizona and left Foster Field with a 42-17 victory and an 8-1 overall record. Without further preface or ado, here are The Daily Axe’s Quick Reads on Stanford’s primetime win.

  • In his first game back from a knee injury, Arizona quarterback Nick Foles clearly was not at 100% health. Although he ended up with pretty good statistics for the night–28-48 throwing for 248 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception–Foles didn’t establish a rhythm until Stanford had put the game away. Foles also took a number of hard hits from Stanford’s front seven, and had a visible limp for much of the game.
  • Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, on the other hand, had one of his best games of the season. The redshirt sophomore completed 72% of his passing attempts for 293 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Luck also contributed 25 rushing yards and a nice lead block on a reverse sweep by Stepfan Taylor.
  • Chris Owusu is back, ladies and gentlemen. After seeing limited action against Washington State and Washington, the junior wideout caught 9 balls for 165 yards and a touchdown. That was good enough to lead all players in receiving yards. Arizona stud Juron Criner also caught 9 balls and scored once, but picked up 98 yards.
  • Stepfan Taylor’s 4-game streak of 100+ yard games is over, but the Cardinal halfback took his 19 carries for 86 yards and a whopping 4 touchdowns.
  • On only 10 carries, true freshman Anthony Wilkerson gained 81 yards, including a 39-yard run. Between Taylor and Wilkerson, the Card featured a running game that gave Arizona fits. The Card picked up 217 yards on the ground and dominated time of possession by keeping the ball for over 37 minutes.
  • Arizona gained a respectable 428 yards, but they weren’t opportunistic enough to translate those yards into points as well as Stanford did. Consider the following stat, which is almost certainly too academic to be applied to a sport: Arizona needed just over 25 yards per point, whereas Stanford only needed slightly over 12.
  • We all know that Jim Harbaugh is not the most humble of men, but running the team back onto the field during a public service announcement and on-field acknowledgment of service dogs for Armed Services veterans was far from classy. To read more about the Paws for Purple Hearts program, you can click here.*
  • Arizona cornerback and special teams player Mike Turner absolutely leveled an official on an Arizona punt. No Stanford player was even near Turner on the play, and he went full-speed into a defenseless official. Tuner’s hit was suspect at best and reprehensible at worst.
  • Stanford fans, please go to games. It’s embarrassing for the team and the university not to fill a small stadium for a pivotal conference matchup that ABC airs to 75% of the nation in primetime.
  • It’s hard to tell whether TCU’s win will benefit Stanford’s Rose Bowl hopes, but it most likely will. The Cardinal overcame its greatest obstacle to a 1-loss season tonight, so winning out looks increasingly possible.

*The Daily Axe is not at all affiliated with Paws for Purple Hearts, but any organization that helps veterans and dogs will always get a link from our site.

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