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Andrew Luck Heisman Trophy Watch 2011: Stanford QB Shines In Win Over WSU

During the first half of Saturday's game against the WSU Cougars, Stanfrod Cardinal quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck was strangely subdued. His first pass attempt during the first possession of the game resulted in his third interception of the year. His completion rate in the first half left a lot to be desired, and he finished the first half without a touchdown.

In the second half, however, a markedly different Andrew Luck took the field. He began throwing bombs all over the place, and his receivers snagged them with ease. His first major drive in the second half culminated in three consecutive passes to tight ends: first a nine-yard pass to Coby Fleener, then a massive 62-yard heave to Fleener, and finally a 10-yard touchdown pass to Levine Toilolo.

Luck hooked up with Toilolo again for another score later in the third quarter, and added touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to Stepfan Taylor and Fleener. Luck finished the game 23-for-36 with four touchdowns and one interception. All told, he passed for 336 yards in his second consecutive game with over 300 passing yards. The lion's share of those incomplete passes came in the first half, as Luck could seemingly do no wrong in the third and fourth quarters.

These are the sort of repeated gaudy numbers that can only add to Luck's Heisman allure.