Notebook: Arizona vs. Stanford

Arizona's loss to Stanford on Saturday was disappointing in numerous aspects. Read on to see the postgame notes on Arizona's loss.

It was a close game for over a half at Arizona Stadium, but ultimately Stanford pulled away and ended up blowing out Arizona 37-10. The loss extends the Wildcats losing streak to FBS opponents to seven and leaves UA scrambling to figure out its problems heading into next week's affair against Oregon.

Arizona had opportunities to get back into the contest and even take the lead early in the second half, but never could cash in when it mattered most. The Wildcats defense simply couldn't stop Stanford offense whether it be the run or the pass and UA was playing catch-up all night due to the inability to contain Andrew Luck and company.

  • Luck shredded Arizona for 325 yards and two touchdowns. The Wildcats played relatively well against Luck in the first half, but the Cardinal quarterback collected himself at halftime and torched UA in the second half. No matter what the Wildcats tried on defense, Luck would find a way to beat it.

  • The Cardinal rushing attack really opened the game for Luck. Stepfan Taylor gained 153 yards on the ground and Stanford rushed for 242 yards as a team. The effective running game really kept Arizona's defense on its heels and allowed Luck more of an open field to work with when he dropped back to pass.

  • Nick Foles had a strong outing again for Arizona. The UA signal-called went 24-for-33 for 239 yards and a touchdown. He had very little trouble moving the ball through the air despite the fact that his offense couldn't produce consistently in the ground.

  • Arizona combined for a mere 51 yards on the ground and only averaged 2.2 yards per carry. Running back Keola Antolin ran for 62 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry, but there was very little production from anyone else in the running game. The lack of a rushing attack has really hindered Arizona early this season and it really showed in the stat sheet as well as the final score.

  • UA still seems to have trouble on special teams. Jaime Salazar missed two field goals and aside from a Ka'Deem Carey kickoff return that went 34 yards, the return game was virtually non-existent.

  • It's difficult to win a football game when there is a significant discrepancy in time of possession and that was the case for UA Saturday night. Stanford held the ball for over 11 minutes longer than Arizona and for a potent offense like the Cardinal possesses, it will be tough for any team to beat Stanford when it holds the ball for that much longer than its opponent.

  • The 27-point margin of defeat is the second biggest home loss in the Mike Stoops era and the worst loss at Arizona Stadium since a 38-0 defeat to Cal in 2004.

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