Arizona with two first downs on what's been their best drive of the day so far. Solomon Thomas with a one-armed tackle of Nick Wilson, while being blocked, and that's why the Card can get away with a five-man box. Off Arizona's second timeout, Terrence Alexander has near-perfect defense, but his man has an even better catch to move the chains. Two people can't occupy the same place at the same time, so there's always a six-inch window for a perfect throw, no matter the defense. Arizona hit that window there, and then picks up another first down to the Card 21 on the ground. Arizona uses its last timeout of the half, and then, after Randall escapes another sack, a fourth-and-inches "Bush push" to convert and set up first down at the Card 11.
Two runs go nowhere, and then Randall misses a guy in the corner of the end zone who had a step. The Cats settle for three instead after a 19-play, dare-I-say Stanfordesque, drive of their own.
Stanford 13, Arizona 3, nine minutes remaining, second quarter
Barry Sanders looks much improved this year, and here picks up 9.5 yards on two carries to set up Remound Wright to barely convert the third and inches. Hogan nearly picked, as an Arizona linebacker undercuts a line-drive to Christian McCaffrey in the slot. A little air on that throw and McCaffrey might score. Instead, with the backup Arizona QB and no Scooby Wright, Card can afford to make a mistake here and there today.
Trent Irwin on a third-down out to pick up a first down inside the Arizona 40. Kellen Chryst then comes to pitch to McCaffrey and lead the way down the right sideline, absolutely flattening a defender and earning major congrats from his teammates as he returns to the sidelines. Tack on a personal foul and it's first and goal, McCaffrey to the one, and then who else but Remound Wright avoiding a diving tackle attempt in the backfield and then striking pay dirt.
Stanford 20, Arizona 3, 3:45 remaining, second quarter Notre Dame just lost, 24-22 at Clemson, which I suspect Stanford fans will have mixed feelings about, what with the Irish closing out the regular season in Palo Alto. We wanted the honor! Here, another three and out for the defense, with Arizona throwing out their third-string quarterback for a series, but Aziz Shittu setting the tone early with a first-down sack.
Card coaching staff does well to use its first timeout with 2:45 remaining in the half after Arizona's third down, both because we haven't blown any TOs so far, and because it maximizes Stanford's time for a last-minute score here.
Nice montage with just about every Stanford fall squad in the top ten, if not top five. Maybe we ensure our 40th straight season with a Sears Cup earlier this academic year, after pushing into spring the last two years.
After two balls underneath move the sticks, Hogan takes his deep shot to Michael Rector, connecting down the left sideline at the Arizona 15. I have no idea how good this shorthanded Arizona team is, but they're getting whooped today, with Remound Wright scoring touchdown No. 2 on a screen the very next snap. Great, quick play calling in a two-minute drill there, which I know fans had been clamoring to see for a while.
Stanford 27, Arizona 3, 1:19 remaining, first half
What if we had Michael Rector and worked in Devon Cajuste from the get-go against Northwestern? I digress, but can daydream as the offense is absolutely clicking now, and we're on pace to win 54-6. Sheesh. Arizona runs out the half.
McCaffrey with 113 and Hogan is 13-of-15, not too shabby for a one-two punch.
Stanford 27, Arizona 3, Halftime
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