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Football: QB Nunes named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on heels of comeback win

Redshirt junior quarterback Josh Nunes first showed off his legs in upsetting No. 2 USC on Sept. 25, but those skills came in handy again last Saturday when he rushed for three touchdowns in a comeback win against Arizona. Nunes was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his five overall touchdowns and 360 passing yards. (SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily)

Redshirt junior quarterback Josh Nunes became the second Stanford player in 2012 to be named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, earning the distinction Monday after he brought the No. 17 Cardinal back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter of its win against Arizona.

Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) would not have bounced back from its sole loss last week without Nunes. Just nine days after he and the rest of the Cardinal offense floundered against Washington, not scoring a touchdown, it put up 54 against the Wildcats (3-3, 0-3).

Nunes accounted for five touchdowns — three of them on goal-line quarterback keepers — and threw for 360 yards. By comparison, it took Andrew Luck, Nunes’ predecessor and the first overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft, seven games to break the 300-yard mark in his rookie season; his first such performance came on Oct. 17, 2009, when he threw for 423 yards in a 43-38 loss to those very same Wildcats.

Nunes is the first Pac-12 quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in a game since 2009. He beat out Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, who completed a conference-record 45 passes in the game, for this week’s award.

Senior running back Stepfan Taylor also won conference player-of-the-week honors after the Cardinal’s 21-14 upset of then-No.-2 USC on Sept. 15. Lineman Ben Gardner took home the equivalent defensive award the very same week.

—Joseph Beyda

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  • Marc

    So the loss vs Washington doesn’t count in Pac-12 record? 2-1

  • Whoops–edited & fixed, thanks!

  • Vad

    Aside from the 2nd half of the USC game, Nunes has done nothing. Let’s see Nottingham against Colorado.