Arizona looked outmatched, outwitted, and outsmarted on Saturday, as the Wildcats fell to Stanford 42-17 in Palo Alto.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. Arizona tried to battle their way back in it in the second half, but the bend-but-don’t-break defense of Stanford held their own, while the offense steamrolled past Arizona.
Leading up to this game, Arizona’s defense was the strength of this team. They had played remarkably all season long, and had bailed out the offense when they couldn’t get anything going. But Stanford had too many weapons, and they also had the better quarterback on this day. Andrew Luck passed for 293 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers, while Nick Foles passed for 248 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Considering coming off not playing for a few weeks, Foles played okay. But at times he didn’t look comfortable, and despite attempting 48 passes, he averaged only 5.2 yards per attempt- not a good number.
One stat that doomed the Wildcats from the beginning was time of possession. Stanford had the ball for almost 38 minutes, as Arizona only had possession for 22 minutes. Not a very good measure of success for the Wildcats. Stanford used a balance attack to keep the ball out of Arizona’s hands, and it worked out perfectly.
One positive note for Arizona is the running game. They had 180 yards on the ground, which is well above their average. They even brought Juron Criner into the ground game, as he had three carries, but for 50 yards. Also of note, Nic Grigsby had just one carry, showing that Coach Mike Stoops has put his confidence in Keola Antolin (who played well, by the way).
With this loss, it looks like Arizona won’t be heading to a BCS bowl, even if Oregon does indeed go to the National Championship. But the Wildcats can still finish with double-digit wins, which would be a huge thing for a program that was one of the conference’s worst just a couple of years ago.
Arizona hosts USC next weekend.
About the Author
Written by Henry Childs
I am currently a senior at the University of Oregon studying Broadcast Journalism. Although I have a love for my Ducks, I am simply an avid college football fan trying to get a head start in the sports journalism world. Born and raised in Portland, I am also a ginormous Portland Trailblazers fan. Some of my loves include golf, Dr. Pepper, pugs, and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.