Stanford vs. Duke: Cardinal Win 44-14 Behind Resilient Andrew Luck

The Stanford Cardinal head down South to take on the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC. We provide news updates, preview information and recaps for this inter-conference matchup. For more on Cardinal football head over to Rule of Tree to get in on the action.

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Stanford Vs. Duke: Cardinal Win 44-14 Behind Resilient Andrew Luck

For a time, it appeared that the Duke Blue Devils might give the Stanford Cardinal a run for their money. That time came and went pretty quickly, and Stanford proceeded to claim a 44-14 victory over Duke behind quarterback Andrew Luck.

Stanford started out with the game's first ten points, scoring five minutes into the game on a three-yard pass from Luck to Coby Fleener and pumping a 40-yard field goal in by Jordan Williamson at the start of the second quarter. Duke started generating some momentum toward the end of the half after Lee Butler picked off a pass by Luck and returned it for an 80-yard touchdown.

Duke went for the onside kick as the clock wound down on the half and got the ball back. The Blue Devils couldn't convert though, and Luck redeemed his earlier pick-six by leading the Cardinal down the field and scoring on a 10-yard completion to Chris Owusu with 0:39 left in the half. The Cardinal led 17-7 at halftime.

Stanford put the game away in the third quarter with two straight scores, including a 60-yard pass from Luck to Fleener, to lead 30-7. Luck struck again at the beginning of the fourth on a three-yard pass to Zach Ertz that made the score 37-7, at which point he was replaced by Brett Nottingham.

Nottingham led Stanford the rest of the way, attempting only two passes and handing off to the Cardinal running backs. Stanford scored once more on a one-yard run by Tyler Gaffney and the Blue Devils scored in the final minute of the game on a two-yard rush by Anthony Boone. The end result was a 44-14 victory for Stanford.

Luck started slowly but rebounded well at the end of the first half and into the second half. He finished the day with 290 yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 20-of-28 passing. Running back Stepfan Taylor led the ground attack with 75 yards on 14 rushes while Owusu led the receivers with his seven-catch, 106-yard, one touchdown performance.

Stanford moves to 2-0 on the season. The Cardinal will take on will take on Arizona on the road next week.


Stanford Vs. Duke: Cardinal Lead 37-7 As Fourth Quarter Gets Underway

The Stanford Cardinal lead the Duke Blue Devils 37-7 less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The Cardinal extended their 17-7 halftime lead with two touchdowns in the third quarter and another one to start the fourth.

Duke received the kickoff to start the second half and got a big return from Jordan Williamson. The team moved down the field and then faced a 4th and 6 at the Stanford 14-yard line. The Blue Devils went for it, but quarterback Sean Renfree's pass fell incomplete and Stanford took over on downs.

A few short rushes by Stepfan Taylor Tyler Gaffney got the Cardinal offense to their own 40-yard line. Luck then connected with receiver Coby Fleener for a 60-yard score (watch it here).

The Blue Devils fumbled deep in their own territory (at their own 33-yard line) on the next possession, and Stanford took advantage with a 30-yard rushing touchdown by Jeremy Stewart (check it out here). Kicker Jordan Williamson missed the extra point.

The Cardinal scored again on a 4th and 2 at Duke's three-yard line at the beginning of the fourth, deciding to go for it and reaping the benefits when Luck hit Zach Ertz for a three-yard score.

Luck seems to have quieted down the criticism for his pick-six in the second quarter with three touchdowns. He has completed 20 of 29 passes for 294 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Taylor leads the rushing attack with 75 yards on 13 carries and Chris Owusu, who had big plays in the first half, has 106 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions.


Stanford Vs. Duke Score Update: Cardinal Lead 17-7 At Halftime

Things started out well for the Stanford Cardinal in their match-up against the Duke Devils, but got a little closer toward the end of the half. Stanford leads 17-7 at halftime, with the Blue Devils making a run in the latter part of the second quarter.

Stanford  struck early in the ballgame when quarterback Andrew Luck connected with Coby Fleener for a three-yard score with 10:01 to play in the first quarter. The drive started with back-to-back passes to Chris Owusu, who posted gains of 11 yards and 43 yards on those two plays.

The Cardinal offense struggled the rest of the quarter and had to punt several times, but the defense kept the Blue Devils in check and prevented any scores. Stanford opened the second quarter with an eight-play, 51-yard drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal by Jordan Williamson.

Duke put together its longest drive of the game on the following possession, using 12 plays to advance 53 yards up the field. Will Snyderwine got his second chance of the day to punch in a field goal. The 45-yard attempt, however, missed. Snyderwine missed a 27-yard attempt in the first quarter and is currently 0-2 on field goals.

The Blue Devils did score later in the period though when Lee Butler picked off Luck and ran back an 80-yard touchdown return (check out the video here). A successful onside kick seemed to give Duke new life and a possible lead by the end of the half, but the Blue Devils were forced to punt and Stanford took advantage. Luck silenced the critics of his previous pick-six by completing four straight passes and leading Stanford to another touchdown with a ten-yard strike to Owusu.

Luck has 185 yards, two touchdown and one interception 14-of-21 passing. Running back Stepfan Taylor leads the Cardinal on the ground with 64 rushes on 12 carries while Owusu leads the Stanford receivers with six receptions, 92 yards and one touchdown.

Duke will get the ball when the second half kicks off.


Stanford Vs. Duke Score Update: Cardinal Lead 7-0 After First Quarter

The Stanford Cardinal have come out focused on Saturday and lead the Duke Blue Devils 7-0. The team has 103 total yards of offense already and one score.

The Cardinal received the kickoff and took nine plays to drive 85 yards down the field for a score. Andrew Luck found Chris Owusu on back-to-back plays early in the drive for gains of 11 yards and 43 yards. A combination of runs and passes over the next few plays resulted in a three-yard touchdown strike from Luck to Coby Fleener with 10:01 left in the quarter.

The Blue Devils strung together a good drive on the following possesson, setting themselves up to score but ultimately failing to do so. Duke got into the redzone, but the Cardinal defense clamped down and the Blue Devils failed to convert on a 27-yard field goal attempt by Will Snyderwine.

The Cardinal have struggled to score since then and went three-and-out in each of their next two possessions.

Luck has completed five of eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown. Running back Stepfan Taylor has been efficient on the ground with 40 yards on seven carries. Owusu, meanwhile, leads the wide receivers with his two early receptions for 54 yards.

The Cardinal lead 7-0 after one quarter. Stanford has the ball and are at about midfield.


Stanford vs. Duke Score: Andrew Luck Perfect On First Drive As Cardinal Take 7-0 Lead

The Stanford Cardinal football team appears set to avenge their last loss in the state of North Carolina as they were in perfect sync for their first offensive drive against the Duke Blue Devils. Andrew Luck was 4 for 4 for 61 yards and a touchdown and Stepfan Taylor rushed three times for 18 yards to give the Cardinal a 7-0 lead.

The big play on the drive saw the Cardinal run a flea-flicker that saw Andrew Luck hook up with wide receiver Chris Owusu for a 43-yard connection. You can view video of the player over at The pass got the Cardinal down to the Duke 27 yard line. Stepfan Taylor followed the pass with a 14 yard run, Geoff Meinken added a seven yard run and Luck capped the drive with a three yard touchdown pass to Coby Fleener.

Duke has since marched down into the Stanford red zone but missed on a 27-yard field goal. Stanford takes over deep in their own territory looking to build on the 7-0 lead.


Stanford Vs Duke: Game Time, TV & Broadcast Info, Notes & More

The Stanford Cardinal travel to the East Coast for just the fifth time since 1997 and will take on the Duke Blue Devils for the second time in their history. Heisman candidate Andrew Luck will look to pad his stats a bit this weekend and keep the Cardinal rolling for their tenth straight win. 

Teams: Duke Blue Devils (0-1), Stanford Cardinal (1-0)

Time: 12:30 p.m. PST

Location: Wade Stadium


Radio: KNBR 1050 AM

Rankings: Stanford is ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches poll

Favorite: Stanford is favored by 21 points.

Streaks: The Cardinal have a nine game winning streak dating back to October 9, 2010.

Series Record: 1-1

Notes: Duke hasn't beaten a ranked team since they beat Virginia back in 1994. They haven't won a non-conference game against a ranked opponent since they beat Stanford back in 1971. The Cardinal were ranked No. 10 at the time. Stanford will look to dominate on the ground, with Stepfan Taylor leading the way.

For more news and information on Andrew Luck and Stanford football, be sure to read Rule of Tree.    


Stanford Vs. Duke Line, Odds, & Picks: Cardinal Three TD Favorites Over Blue Devils

The Stanford Cardinal will fight the Stanford of the East this Saturday in Durham, North Carolina. And they will be sizable favorites. The Cardinal are currently posted as 21 to 22 point favorites over a Duke Blue Devils team that was upset by Richmond--a solid FCS team, but an FCS team nonetheless.

And I'm sure the question among many people is, "Why is that line so low?"

Stanford is by far the superior football team, and they have a quarterback who's probably going to roll to undisputed #1 draft pick status.  That should be enough to roll to victory on Saturday, right? Well, certain factors could hold the Cardinal back.

  • Humidity. Always kills a Pac-12 team travelling East, even one as good as the Cardinal--they lost to Wake Forest two years ago in a slog of a game in North Carolina. They might get lucky this time around though--the Cardinal will apparently face only 80+ degree weather and 50% humidity at gametime, which will almost feel like a nice summer's day in Palo Alto.
  • Trap game. Stanford's Pac-12 slate begins in earnest the week after against Arizona, and the Cardinal clearly have their aim on winning the conference. Duke is considered a speck in the road and Stanford might struggle against an unfamiliar opponent. 

Don't expect Duke to score any upsets, but Stanford is very likely to be challenged directly in this one.

For more on Stanford football, head to Rule of Tree.


Stanford vs. Duke: Cardinal Look to Keep Rolling Against Blue Devils

The Stanford Cardinal head down South to take on the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC. For more on Cardinal football head over to Rule of Tree to get in on the action.

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