NCAA Game Summary - Stanford at Arizona State|
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: (7) Stanford 17, Arizona State 13
Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Owen Marecic's touchdown with just over five
minutes to play helped seventh-ranked Stanford take a 17-13 win over Arizona
State in Pac-10 play.
Marecic scored both touchdowns while Andrew Luck went 33-for-41 with 292 yards
and an interception for the Cardinal (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10), who have won their
past five games after dropping a 52-31 decision at Oregon on October 2. Doug
Baldwin had 10 catches for 122 yards.
"They are just a darn good football team," said Stanford head coach Jim
Harbaugh. "We talked about it, it's easily an 8-2, 9-1 type of team right now,
and our guys prepared for that. They knew it was going to be a 60-minute,
football fight. I think this is the kind of game that brings your guys
together. You rely on each other, you trust in each other, and every play is
critical. They feel good about each other now after that game, and the reason
they do is that they know they themselves and their teammates played like
Steven Threet was 16-for-26 with 158 yards, one touchdown and one interception
for the Sun Devils (4-6, 2-5), who have lost three of their last four games.
Cameron Marshall had 12 carries for 92 yards in the loss while Threet also ran
in a score.
"No question about it, it's as good of a defensive effort as we have had this
year," said Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson. "We created turnovers
and had a lot of opportunities obviously. Offensively we're not very
productive as far as getting points on the board. We had some opportunities,
we were down there in the first half and ended up turning it over. That's the
story of the game. You turn it over, you get some penalties at the end of the
game and you end up losing."
Trailing by three points with 10:36 to play, Stanford started the winning
drive at its own 15 and a 13-yard catch from Konrad Reuland on 3rd-and-1 got
the ball into Arizona State territory. The Cardinal were helped on a personal
foul penalty to Arizona State on a Baldwin catch and an unsportsmanlike
conduct penalty to the Sun Devils made it 1st-and-goal.
Two plays later, Marecic plunged into the end zone from a yard out for a 17-13
lead with 5:14 to play.
Arizona State was forced to punt on its next possession and Stanford killed
off the rest of the clock to seal the win.
Stanford took the lead on its first drive of the game as a nine-play, 50-
yard march was capped on a one-yard run by Marecic for a 7-0 lead with 9:45
left in the first. The drive featured a 14-yard catch by Ryan Whalen on 3rd-
Arizona State answered on its next drive when Threet took the ball in himself
from four yards out with 7:45 to play in the first. The score was setup on the
previously play by a 30-yard catch from Gerell Robinson.
The score remained that way until the third quarter when Nate Whitaker booted
a 44-yard field goal to give the Cardinal a 10-7 lead with just under seven
minutes to play in the third.
Arizona State, though, responded to take the lead on its next touch as Threet
found Kerry Taylor on an eight-yard score to make it a 13-10 contest with
4:43 to play as Thomas Weber missed the extra point.
Stanford plays at California next Saturday...Arizona State has off next week
and will then host UCLA on November 26...The Sun Devils still lead the series
with Stanford, 16-11...Stanford outgained Arizona State, 420-268 and
controlled the ball for over 42 minutes.
11/13 23:59:01 ET