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:

Arizona opened with a 4-3 front that Stanford immediately exploited with a first-play eight-yard pass from Tavita Pritchard to Austin Gunder, and a 12-yard first-down run by Toby Gerhart.

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.

Toby Gerhart rolled off right guard for a 27-yard run to the 7-yard line to set up a third-down touchdown toss to Doug Baldwin for three yards with 1:03 left in the quarter.

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

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