Going into tonight's game in Washington, the Stanford Cardinal expected a tough game against the WSU Cougars, their Pac-12 divisional rivals. For the first half, that's what they got. They ran up against a tough Cougars defense and took advantage of a couple of unlucky breaks by the WSU offense.
In the second half, however, quarterback Andrew Luck starting letting his passes fly, and they were finding both Cardinal receivers and the opponent's end zone with ease. The end result was Luck's second consecutive game of 300-plus passing yards, in a 38-14 victory to keep Stanford's season rolling.
Luck hooked up with tight end Levine Toilolo for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. He added two more touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for good measure, one each to Stepfan Taylor and Coby Fleener. The only negative mark on Luck's game (besides a sedate first half), was his third interception of the year. That pick came on Stanford's first possession of the game, after they elected to receive on the kickoff.
On the very last play of the game, after the Cougars scored to bring the game to what looked like a final of 38-14, Ty Montgomery ran WSU's kickoff back for a 96-yard touchdown return to end the game with a final score of 44-14 and a Stanford victory.
To celebrate a decisive victory, visit SB Nation's Stanford blog, Rule of Tree.