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Halftime: Stanford 14, Arizona 13
Stanford takes over at its 41 with nine seconds left and gives to Stepfan Taylor for a short gain, ending the half.
Second quarter (0:15 left): Stanford 14, Arizona 13
Arizona, especially with all three timeouts left, would seem to have plenty of time with 2:48 left in the half. The Stanford defense will be on the spot.
Taking possession at its 20, an incomplete pass and a loss of two after a tackle by nickelback Usua Amanam, creates a third-and-12. But the Cardinal can't hold. Arizona receiver Johnny Jackson gains 26 on a pass from Matt Scott. Ben Gardner sacks Scott on first down, with a helmet into the chest for a five-yard loss to the Cardinal 43.
Scott is 23 of 35 so far.
Arizona continues to move the ball and calls a timeout with the ball at the Stanford 21 and 41 seconds left in the half.
Scott has plenty of time to throw and more than one receiver open as he hits Austin Hill for a first down. Scott attempts to connect with Dan Buckner in the end zone, but Barry Browning breaks it up. An incompletion sets up a third-and-goal from the 10 with 25 seconds left, but is called for illegal procedure. Scott is hit by Chase Thomas as he throws, and his pass is caught. But a hit by Barry Browning in the end zone knocks Buckner out of bounds for an incompletion.
John Bonano kicks a 33-yard field goal with 15 seconds left.
Second quarter (2:48 left): Stanford 14, Arizona 10
Stanford takes over at its 25. On third-and-1, Stepfan Taylor got enough for the first, but the Cardinal offense has not been clicking since its opening drive. Now, it's a third-and-5 from its 40, Josh Nunes stares down a blitz and floats a pass to tight end Levine Toilolo for 46 yards. Toilolo cut inside on a defender to break the play open.
With the ball on the 14, Taylor gains two before Nunes floated another pass to Toilolo, this time to the back of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown play. The pass led Toilolo into the corner and he caught it in stride.
Second quarter (6:20 left): Arizona 10, Stanford 7
Taimi Tutogi is hit on a catch, popping the ball out. The ball rolled across the back of Harold Bernard and landed back in Tutogi's hands as he was on the ground for a first down at the Wildcats' 36. A replay confirmed the catch.
Quarterback Matt Scott has a strong arm and quick release. Though he has been under pressure at times, he now seems to be one split-second ahead of the defense and his receivers are on the same page. This could be a problem for the Cardinal defense.
Stanford could also be getting tired around the no-huddle, hurry-up offense. Arizona has a first down at the Stanford 40 and the pass is batted down by Henry Anderson. A deep pass down the right sideline to Dan buckner is ruled out of bounds. Wayne Lyons made a tackle in space on third down, but the Wildcats are going for it on fourth and 10 from the 40. Scott hits Buckner for a first down.
Two short plays create a third-and-5 at the 24 and Scott hits Buckner on a slant for 10 yards and a first down. Buckner comes off the field limping. On third-and-12, found Terrence Miller at the 1, but Ed Reynolds jarred the ball loose for an incompletion. Scott is 19 of 30 passing for 153 yards. Reynolds remained down on the field. Terrence Brown left the game earlier.
Arizona has a fouth-and-12 at the Stanford 16 and will attempt a 34-yard field goal by John Bonano. It is good and the Wildcats take the lead.
Second quarter (10:49 left): Stanford 7, Arizona 7
Stanford begins its drive at its 25-yard line. To this point, the Cardinal has only 39 yards passing. On first down, however, its Stepfan Taylor up the middle for 17 yards. He picks up seven more on the next play.
Quarterback Josh Nunes avoided a sack on the next play, but was unable to get much on it. Again, Nunes is hit as he throws - hit from the blindside - and the pass falls incomplete. The Cardinal must punt. Arizona takes over at its 20.
Second quarter (12:06 left): Stanford 7, Arizona 7
Arizona's Johnny Jackson held on as he was smacked by Chase Thomas on a short reception and the Wildcats picked up a first down on a swing pass and some missed tackles.
Arizona picked up a first down on a short run to its 41 and quarterback Matt Scott continues to sling the ball in a quick rhythm of plays. On third down, Scott hits Jackson down the middle to the Stanford 43 on one of his first downfield passes of the game.
Scott hit Dan Buckner down to right sideline in stride for 31 yards, leading his receiver perfectly. A review upheld the call that Buckner had a foot inbounds. On the next play, Ka'Deem Perry was not touched on a run up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run.
End of first quarter: Stanford 7, Arizona 0
A false start penalty and a loss of four on a Stepfan Taylor run, drops Stanford into a third-and-14 from its 34. Josh Nunes had no one open and had to dump the ball off to Taylor, who lost seven on the play. Stanford punts and Arizona takes over at its 19.
First quarter (2:15 left): Stanford 7, Arizona 0
On the first play of the Arizona series, Matt Scott is sacked by Jarek Lancaster for a loss of nine. Another sack on the next play, by David Parry and Ronnie Harris. Making his first collegiate appearance on that play was Stanford true freshman defensive end Aziz Shittu, one of the Cardinal's top recruits. On third and 23, Arizona picked up a short gain on a run and punted. Stanford takes over at its 38.
First quarter (3:59 left): Stanford 7, Arizona 0
On the second play of the series, Josh Nunes found Drew Terrell on a crossing route for 28 yards. Terrell got one foot in as he was going out of bounds on the left sideline. Pinpoint pass and nice catch.
With the ball at the 50, on third and 4, Nunes is sacked and Stanford punts into the end zone.
First quarter (6:57 left): Stanford 7, Arizona 0
On Arizona's first play, from the 25, Stanford cornerback Terrence Brown made the tackle, but was helped off the field after the 6-yard pass play. Arizona is using the spread, hurry-up offense favored by first-year coach Rich Rodriguez.
Quarterback Matt Scott stayed patient against a blitz and hit Daniel Jenkins for first-down yardage to get the Wildcats into Stanford territory. On third-and-9, Barry Browning tackles receiver Dan Buckner for two yards on a quick slant, forcing a punt. Stanford takes over at its 13-yard line.
First quarter (9:28 left): Stanford 7, Arizona 0
Stanford takes the opening kickoff. Stanford lines up without any tight ends on the opening play from scrimmage and pitches to Stepfan Taylor, who gains eight yards around the right side. Stanford appears to be making a statement: We're going to pound the ball. Try to stop us.
After an initial first down, Stanford faces a third and 11 at its own 45. With a hard rush, Josh Nunes steps up in the pocket and picks up 12 up the middle for a first down.
On third and 2, Taylor powers off right tackle for 14 yards. Taylor is carrying on almost every play now and seems to really excel when he is given time to pick his hole.
At the 11-yard line, Nunes went back to pass and found tight end Zach Ertz on a wheel route. The pass found Ertz in the back right corner of the end zone for the score.
Stanford faces a must-win situation going into today's game against Arizona at Stanford Stadium at noon.
The Cardinal (3-1 overall, 1-1 Pac-12), coming off a 17-13 loss at Washington can't afford to fall further off the pace in the Pac-12 North Division.
Arizona (3-2, 0-2) faces similar pressure in the Pac-12 South. The Wildcats opened conference plays with losses to Oregon (49-0) and Oregon State (38-35).
Arizona leads the series, 14-13, but Stanford has won their past two meetings, including a 38-10 result in Tucson last year.