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.
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