Stanford Live: Stanford 7, Arizona 3 (end of first quarter)
Oct. 11, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Entering its Pac-10 home opener with records of 3-3 and 2-1, Stanford had an opportunity to draw closer to its first winning season and bowl berth since 2001. A victory would not only make those goals more realistic, but would lift Stanford to a 3-1 conference record and a chance to become a viable contender in the Pac-10.
Arizona (4-1 and 2-0 going into the game) had many of the same ambitions, of turning around a recent series of losing seasons and introducing itself as a true contender. The Wildcats hadn't had a winning record since 1998, when they beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl to finish 12-1.
Temperature at gametime was a sunny 62 degrees, with gusts of up to 18 mph.
The following is a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of Stanford's homecoming game as it happens:
Pritchard threw behind Gunder on a third-down crossing route and, though the tight end made the catch, he was a yard short at the Arizona 48-yard line and Stanford was forced to punt on its opening drive.
The Arizona spread offense began with a 21-yard Mike Thomas end-around run on Arizona's opening offensive play. Arizona faced third-and-eight when quarterback Willie Tuitama, a Stockton native, connected with Delashaun Dean for 12 yards on a play Stanford disputed as a trap, but did not ask to review.
Tuitama converted another third-down pass, a 24-yard slant to slot receiver Terrell Turner against blown coverage, to the Stanford seven. A loss and penalty dropped Arizona to the 19, but Tuitama found Turner again, released on a pick by a fellow receiver, to the 1. But on third down, a pass to Dean was not controlled as he stepped out the back of the end zone.
Arizona instead got a 19-yard field goal with 6:38 left by Jason Bondzio for a 3-0 lead.
Stanford countered with an 88-yard drive in which Pritchard was superb, completing all five of his passes.
Pritchard rolled right and threw to Baldwin under tight coverage just inside the right pylon for his third touchdown of the season, and a 7-3 lead.
End of first quarter: Stanford 7, Arizona 3