Just as requested in our third-quarter blog, enter Keller Chryst, though he'll mostly hand off in the fourth quarter. Still good to have an heir apparent and get him some live action. Announcers previewing a potential Stanford-Utah Pac-12 Championship, which would be lovely, but let's see about USC and not write off UCLA just get.
Chryst sacked on his first dropback pass attempt, and the Card come onto punt. That's their first punt of the night, and after the preceding 48 points, we'll give the unit a mulligan. Nice infographic which shows the upcoming schedule for the Cardinal – and just about every guy left on the schedule is a first-year starter or injury fill-in, Jared Goff the obvious exception. Does set up well for us, no doubt about it.
Nine yards to Francis Owusu, hopefully a name we'll be hearing a lot of in the years to come. Meanwhile, Hogan's on pace to be the first Stanford quarterback to start four bowl games. Hey, maybe more with a win in the college football semifinal, right?
Keller Chryst showing some Andrew Luck wheels to scramble for a third-and-six touchdown, weaving through the Arizona backfield, before it all comes back on a hold. But wow, didn't realize we had that in the arsenal for the years to come.
Haha, we're going for fourth and four from the Arizona 31 – maybe it'll start a trend in non-31 point games. Chryst does his part for the cause, finding an open check-down to advance to the Arizona 18. Then Love for nine, then first and goal at the ten, and on comes Remound Wright, running into what's practically 11-man box without much success, understandably.
Quick quarter with the Cardinal running out the playclock on nearly every snap, but will take this every week of the year. Chryst looks great throwing, what else, a third-and-goal fade to Rollins Stallworth, first career touchdown for both guys.
Stanford 55, Arizona 17, 4:03 remaining
Really would like 60, selfishly. Arizona's working with their third-string quarterback, which why not try to find something to take out of today, makes sense. Have always had a ton of respect for Rich Rodriguez as an offensive coach – and also as a person after I feel he was treated horribly unfairly at Michigan.
Arizona also going for fourth down after crossing to the plus-side of the ball, and there's an open guy in the Cardinal red zone, but he can't make the catch. More time for the Cardinal offense to crack 60!
Ryan Burns hands to Pat McFadden twice for eight yards. One more snap and it'll be the Cardinal alone atop the Pac-12 standings at 3-0. McFadden grabs the first, and on a day when just about everything went right for Stanford and it's offense, why not. The final knee might be one of Stanford's only negative-yardage plays of the day, and as long as the Cardinal can keep playing like this at home, watch out people.
Stanford 55, Arizona 17, Final
Postgame, Shaw says Hogan is playing the best football of his career, that the defense was a team effort, and that we're going to try to keep getting better every week. Even the coach speak sounds like gold when you win like this.
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