Stanford Pummels Arizona 37-10 Behind Excellent Andrew Luck Second Half Performance

The Wildcats face a tall task in the Stanford Cardinal. Can they make things interesting?

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Andrew Luck Leads Stanford Cardinal To Arizona Stomp, 37-10

The Arizona Wildcats were facing a tall task and a ridiculously tough schedule that took them from eighth-ranked Oklahoma Cowboys to the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal. It's escapes rational thought why the Wildcats were only a 10-point underdog going into this game. As it turned out, Andrew Luck and the Cardinals did what we all thought they would do and stomped Mike Stoops team into the desert dust.

For the first half, anyway, Arizona kept it a respectable game and were down just 16-10 at the half. But the Cardinal came out smoking in the third quarter began to take control of the game. After punting on their first possession, Stanford scored touchdowns on the next three to put the game away. The three drives went 81, 100, and 91 yards respectively.

In the battle of two quarterbacks who will be playing Sunday football, it was Heisman candidate Andrew Luck who came out on top. Luck threw for 325 yards on 20-31 passing with two touchdowns. That earned him a passer rating of 174. Arizona's Nick Foles wasn't bad by any stretch. He went 24-33 for 239 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions which got him a passer rating of 144.

The Cardinals dropped a total 567 yards on the Wildcats defense with 242 of that on the ground. 

It doesn't get any easier for the Wildcats as they get to face their third highly-ranked team in a row next week when they host the Oregon Ducks. Stanford has a bye next week and then will face UCLA on October 1st.

For more on this game, visit AZ Desert Swarm.

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Arizona vs. Stanford: Final Thoughts, Predictions For Showdown Between 'Cats and Cardinal

This was going to be a tough game for the Arizona Wildcats even with a completely healthy team. Nearly half of the defense will be sidelined with injuries and no one still quite knows the availability of Juron Criner. With all of the questions surrounding both sides of the ball -- along with the always-present concerns of the kicking game -- it would be an incredible shock if UA was able to stun the Cardinal on Saturday night.

That being said, this has been a program over the last few seasons that has always been able to come away with a big victory, even if no one pegged the team to do so. Whether it be knocking off the No. 8 ranked Cal Bears in 2006, the No. 2 ranked Oregon Ducks in 2007, a big road win at USC to clinch 2nd place in the Pac-10 in 2009, or the home upset over Iowa last season, Arizona has come up big in big games.

Will coach Stoops be able to pull off one more magical win against a top-ranked opponent? Maybe, maybe not. But if the head coach has been known for one thing throughout his tenure at UA -- other than his sideline antics, of course -- it is that he is a great motivator and has came away with a few big victories when the odds were stacked against him and his team.

All of this being said, I still cannot fathom a possible way where the Wildcats come away with a victory on ESPN this evening. Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in America, Stepfan Taylor is capable of tearing a defense apart on the ground, and the Cardinal feature one of the better defensive units around.

The Zona Zoo and the sellout crowd of nearly 60,000 will be heard from early as Nick Foles and Arizona hang around, but in the end, Luck proves his candidacy for being the best player in college football and leads Stanford to a 38-21 victory.

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