Saturday night's annual Big Game between arch-rivals the Stanford Cardinal and the California Golden Bears was something of a nail-biter. It ended up being another classic case of shaky first-half Andrew Luck being trundled off during halftime and replaced by collected, clutch Andrew Luck. It's a curious thing, but Luck has usually managed to make it work out in his favor most of the time.
Luck helped Stanford to a 31-28 victory which was closer than he or Stanford would have liked, but it was a much-needed victory and combined with an Oregon Ducks loss, kept the hopes of a Cardinal Rose Bowl alive for at least one more week.
Although Luck was held to just 81 yards and no touchdowns in the first half, he came alive in the third and fourth quarters. He finished the game 20-for-30 with 257 passing yards and touchdowns to Levine Toilolo and Ryan Hewitt. His leading receiver was Coby Fleener, who had 65 yards on four catches.
The bad news is that Luck had such a bad first half, which included an interception, making this the only time in his playing career that he has thrown an interception in four straight games. The good news is that he had such a turnaround second half, and was able to lead Stanford to a key victory. And any victory is definitely good news for Stanford fans.
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