Jerrard Randall 5-of-10 for 43 yards, and Nick Wilson 46 yards on 14 carries, solid showing for the Card D. Lance Anderson earns praise from David Shaw at the halftime interview, with Shaw adding that the team is playing together and doing the things that winning teams do. Joey Alfieri taken out with concern for a concussion after the second-half kickoff.
Yet another Arizona personal foul, their third on the day, and after personal fouls were a major difference in the USC victory, they're helping out the Cardinal here tonight as well. Ronnie Harris lays a vicious hit, but his man hangs onto a 20-yard ball on second and 25, and then Randall runs into Stanford territory, scrambling for 30-plus on third and short. Randall overshoots an open deep receiver, then connects on a 20-yard route into the Cardinal red zone, and then a bubble screen and a missed Kodi Whitfield tackle, and it's an Arizona touchdown in less than three minutes.
Stanford 27, Arizona 10, 12 minutes remaining, third quarter
D will often get gashed, give up a touchdown drive at the start of games, but then quickly adjusts and shuts down the opponent the rest of the way. (Perfect example: Last year's USC game.) Would look to see if the D can adjust to Arizona's halftime adjustments, and tighten up here.
McCaffrey returns for 67 yards after hitting an early seam. He's great at missing people miss in space, but if he had better top-end speed in the open field, a la Ty Montgomery, he might have had the score there.
No worries, because McCaffrey hands off to Bryce Love on a third-down wildcat to move the chains. The next chain, he makes one cut and is a shoestring tackle away from yet another score. Instead, Stanford has first and goal at the five, and ends up gaining ten after an illegal shift penalty in the sequence. Who else but Remound Wright from the one-inch line to finish the deal on third down? His third score of the day caps a seven-play drive.
Stanford 34, Arizona 10, 7:56 remaining, third quarter
Twelve days to prepare for UCLA next, and then an extra two days for Washington on double deck. I like using the Thursday game to split up the extra seven days from the bye week, and gain extra prep time for two weeks. Also like that our only road games left this year are Colorado and Washington State. We should be favored to run the table into the Pac-12 Title Game.
Three and out for Arizona, and that is one angry Rich Rodriguez on the Wildcat sideline. Keller Chryst takes a triple option for nine, and it seems obvious that he's the heir apparent, and they're starting to work in his "Hogan packages" for him, like they did for Kevin his freshman season in advance of more playing time.
Bryce Love makes a guy miss after McCaffrey whiffs on the block, advancing to the 20 on the screen. Then some top-end speed from Michael Rector to beat the Arizona defense to the sideline, and stiff-arm his way in, turning a five-yard checkdown into a 20-yard catch-and-score.
Stanford 41, Arizona 10, 4:39 remaining, third quarter
Arizona driving for four-plus minutes here, now to the Card 20, but not going to read too much into this, as D might be rotating in some depth or playing bend-don't-break with a 31-point lead and 18 minutes and counting remaining. Hope we get to see some Keller Chryst in the fourth though. Here, Ronnie Harris with a great recovery to break up an out at the five, and next play, a UA receiver scores and fumbles while stretching for the goal-line nearly simultaneously. Touchdown on the field, ruled down at the Card one on review, but Nick Wilson scores the next snap to make it all moot.
Much the same trajectory as last week – offense jumps out to a huge lead, and then the teams trade garbage-time scores throughout the second half. I'll take it every Saturday (and Thursday and Friday and New Year's Day…) of the week.
Stanford 41, Arizona 17, 1:43 remaining, third quarter
Barry Sanders has a hole I could have run through. I would have had maybe 15 yards though. Sanders, meanwhile, follows his downfield blocks (Rollins Stallworth 20 yards downfield leading the way) and takes a debatable cut to the sidelines versus underneath Stallworth, but he has the speed to outrun the Arizona secondary and make it all moot. One-play drive, thanks to Barry Sanders, who's blossoming into his own come senior year.
Stanford 48, Arizona 17, 1:25 remaining, third quarter
Blake Martinez and Christian McCaffrey say the Stanford sideline, David Shaw in particular, is becoming more passionate over the years. Know that's been a major topic of conversation on The Bootleg over the years, but looks like Shaw's growing, and certainly the offensive numbers are growing this year. Who could have seen this after Opening Day?
Stanford 48, Arizona 17, end of third quarter
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