NCAA Game Summary - Arizona at Stanford|
(Saturday, October 6th)
Final Score: (18) Stanford 54, Arizona 48 (OT)
Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - Stepfan Taylor's 21-yard touchdown run in the
first overtime period lifted the 18th-ranked Stanford Cardinal over the
Arizona Wildcats, 54-48.
Stanford's defense came up big in overtime. On Arizona's fifth offensive play,
Matt Scott had his pass deflected at the line of scrimmage and Chase Thomas
came up with the interception. Taylor then found a hole up the middle and
sprinted 21 yards into the end zone for the come-from-behind victory.
"It was the difference in the game," Stanford coach David Shaw said of the
defense stepping up. "When you're in a seesaw battle and going back and forth,
the team that gets the stops on defense wins. And we got a big stop in the
fourth quarter, which gave us a chance, and then, the stop in the red zone in
the overtime is the game."
Taylor carried the ball 31 times for 142 yards and two scores for the Cardinal
(4-1, 2-1 Pac-12), who have won nine straight games in the month of October
dating back to Oct. 9, 2010.
Josh Nunes completed 21-of-34 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns for
Stanford, which bounced back from a 17-13 loss to Washington on Sept. 27.
Nunes also carried the ball seven times for 33 yards and three scores.
Levine Toilolo caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown for the
Cardinal, who play Notre Dame next weekend.
Scott connected on 45-of-69 passes for 491 yards, three touchdowns and one
interception for the Wildcats (3-3, 0-3), who have lost three in a row.
Ka'Deem Carey carried the ball 29 times for 132 yards and three scores. Austin
Hill caught 11 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Trailing 48-34 in the fourth quarter, Nunes scored a pair of rushing
touchdowns to force overtime. Drew Terrell recovered his own fumble after
catching a 16-yard pass on 3rd-and-8. He followed that up with a 14-yard catch
to the Arizona 28. On 4th-and-2, Toilolo hauled in a 19-yard pass. Nunes
capped the 60-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run.
After Arizona went three-and-out, the Cardinal put together a 14-play, 79-yard
scoring drive. Nunes kept the march alive with a 16-yard run on 3rd-and-7 from
midfield. On 4th-and-9 from the 20, Zach Ertz caught a 17-yard pass. Nunes
followed with a 3-yard rushing TD to make it 48-48 with 45 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats decided to run the clock out and go to overtime.
Stanford started the game with an 11-play, 65-yard scoring drive that Ertz
capped with an 11-yard TD catch. The remainder of the first quarter was
filled with punts.
Arizona tied the contest early in the second stanza. Dan Buckner caught a 31-
yard pass to move the ball to the Cardinal' 13. On the next play, Carey ripped
off a 13-yard touchdown run.
The Wildcats' next drive lasted 17 plays but only resulted in a 33-yard John
Bonano field goal.
The Cardinal responded with a touchdown to take the lead back. Toilolo hauled
in a 12-yard pass in the right corner of the end zone, making it 14-10 with
Bonano made a 33-yard field goal before the half to make it 14-13.
A back-and-forth third period featured 20 points from each team. Carey had a
1-yard rushing TD and Hill caught a pair of touchdown passes for the
Wildcats, while Nunes, Taylor and Kelsey Young each had a rushing touchdown
for Stanford. Young's 55-yard score gave the Cardinal a 34-33 edge with 28
The Wildcats scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter to go in front.
Arizona started the frame with a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Hill and Buckner
caught passes of 24 and 14 yards, respectively, before Carey ripped off an 8-
yard TD run. A successful two-point conversion made it 41-34.
"Almost every game we try to stretch the field," Hill said. "We have a great
set of receivers and Matt Scott's been throwing the ball great. We took
advantage of a lot of their secondary miscues, and that helped a lot."
On the third play of Stanford's ensuing possession, Ty Montgomery fumbled the
football following a 16-yard catch. Arizona recovered at the 45 of the
Cardinal. Carey hauled in a 24-yard pass to move the ball into the red zone.
Terrence Miller capped the six-play drive with a 9-yard catch in the left
corner of the end zone, giving Arizona a 48-34 margin with 9:13 to play.
"Being down 14, he kept his poise and drove us down the field," Taylor said of
Nunes. "He had a lot of passes those last few drives, and they were
converting. We stuck together as a team and had trust in each other."
The all-time series is now tied, 14-14. Stanford has won eight of the last 10
meetings ... Each team racked up 617 yards of total offense ... Arizona had
491 passing yards.
10/06 20:57:12 ET