Arizona was overmatched yet again as Stanford defeated the Wildcats 34-10 Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Stanford started with the ball on its own 25 with a four-yard run by Christian McCaffrey. He then lost four on the next play and an incomplete pass on third resulted in a punt.
Arizona took possession on its 40, but only got a two-yard run from Samajie Grant on second down before punting.
The Cardinal got the ball back on the 30 and Arizona got a sack on first. On second down, Keller Chryst hit Michael Rector for 13 yards
McCaffrey caught a nine-yard pass and then gained eight on the ground. After an incomplete pass, he picked up two more.
Trent Irwin caught a seven-yard pass, but Jake Matthews and Tellas Jones got a sack on second down.
Third down resulted in an incomplete pass and the punt gave the Wildcats the ball on their own four.
Grant gained two on first down and Brandon Dawkins ran for 25 on second. After another two-yard run from Grant, Dawkins was sacked for a loss of nine and an incomplete pass on third resulted in a punt.
Stanford took the ball on its own 23 and began with a four-yard run from Bryce Love. Two plays later, Irwin picked up the first down with a 10-yard completion.
Chryst lost a yard on first down and Love gained six on second. Arizona brought pressure on third to force an incomplete pass and punt.
Starting on its own three, Arizona ended the first quarter with runs of five and three yards from Grant.
Grant started the second quarter with a one-yard run and the Wildcats had to punt as Stanford took over on its own 45.
On first down, McCaffrey easily scored on the ground as the extra point put Stanford up 7-0 with 14:21 left in the half.
Arizona took the ball on its own 25 and started with a two-yard run from Dawkins. Two plays later, he hit Nate Phillips for 43 yards.
Cam Denson caught a five-yard pass, but Grant made a huge error on second down and lost 22 yards.
Dawkins ran for 11 yards on third and an incomplete pass on fourth down gave Stanford the ball on its own 35.
Love ran for 30 yards and Irwin gained two. McCaffrey then added runs of six, three, and five. He proceeded to score on an 18-yard reception as the extra point put the Cardinal up 14-0 with 8:39 left in the half.
Arizona took possession on its own 25 and Dawkins ran for two yards on first down. Two plays later, Shun Brown caught a 13-yard pass.
Grant gained nine on the ground and Arizona was called for a personal four on the next play. After an incomplete pass and another penalty, Dawkins ran for ten.
On the next play, Grant gained three yards before Arizona was called for an ineligible receiver and chop block. However, Stanford got called for a pass interference penalty on the following play.
Grant ran for 14 yards and added four more on first down. Two plays later, Trey Griffey caught a 38-yard touchdown.
The extra point cut Stanford’s lead to 14-7 with 3:40 left int he first half.
Stanford started on the 25 with a three-yard run from McCaffrey. Dalton Schultz caught a six-yard pass and McCaffrey picked up gains of five and two.
Two plays later, Dane Cruikshank got an interception, but fumbled and gave the ball back to Stanford.
On second down from the Arizona 49, McCaffrey gained ten yards. He then caught a pass for five yards.
Irwin gained four and McCaffrey ran for two, but the drive stalled there. A 45-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the half put Stanford up 17-7 going into halftime.
Arizona went three and out to start the half and Stanford got the ball on its own 15. McCaffrey ran for 11 yards and added carries of two and three.
Arizona held on third down and Stanford punted, giving the Wildcats the ball on their own 12.
Anu Solomon came in and couldn’t get anything going, as Arizona went three and out.
Stanford got the ball on Arizona’s 42 and began the drive with a three-yard run from Chryst. McCaffrey then caught a four-yard reception and ran for 29 yards on third down.
The Cardinal did not get much else, but added a 26-yard field goal to take a 20-7 lead with 6:05 left in the third.
Solomon fumbled on second down from the 25 and Stanford took over on Arizona’s 23-yard line.
McCaffrey had runs of 13 and four before scoring from six yards out. The extra point put the Cardinal up 27-7 with under five minutes left in the third.
Arizona started on its own 25 with a 24-yard run from Dawkins. Grant gained three yards and Stanford was called for a personal four.
Grant then added 21 more on the ground, but wasn’t able to do much else and settled for a 27-yard field goal that cut the lead to 27-10 with 1:28 left in the third.
The field goal would be the last points Arizona would score, as Stanford added a touchdown with a little over three minutes left.