The game of the year has finally arrived. Unfortunately, only one of the two teams held up its end of the bargain in going undefeated up to this point, and that has pretty seriously detracted from the hype around this matchup.
It’s overtime at Stanford Stadium.
Down by 14 midway through the fourth quarter, quarterback Josh Nunes calmly led the Cardinal on two touchdown drives — successfully converting two fourth downs in the process — to knot the score at 48 before the end of regulation. But after already inflicting over 600 yards of offense on Stanford’s tired defense, Arizona’s up-tempo offense is back on the field, getting the ball first in overtime.
It’s been a sluggish evening for the Stanford offense. The Cardinal has turned the ball over three times, and even though it has gained more than 400 yards, it only has a single touchdown to show for its efforts. Nothing is coming easy — it never does, here at Autzen Stadium.
Football preview: With depth on defensive line, Cardinal looks to emulate last season’s stingy run defense
The Pac-12 is quickly becoming known as the conference of offenses. From Stanford’s methodically efficient march to Oregon’s dangerously explosive attack—both averaged over 40 points per game last season—it’s hardly deniable that the conference has emerged as an offensive juggernaut. But that doesn’t mean the Pac-12’s abilities on the other side of the ball should be sold short. While the SEC may still reign as the king of impenetrable defenses, the West Coast has produced its own share of stellar defensive units.
Less than a week after welcoming the best recruiting class in team history, the Stanford football program was honored for its efforts, as assistant coach Lance Anderson was named the National Recruiter of the Year by Scout/FOXSportsNext.
It’s not often that the sweetest sound on the Stanford campus is that of a screeching fax machine. But that was the story on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, when the Stanford football team signed its best recruiting class in school history
On Wednesday, the nation’s best high school football recruits will sign on the dotted line and commit themselves to the top programs in the country–and four of the nation’s best recruits could take their talents to the Farm, including the nation’s top quarterback prospect.