Stanford vs. ASU: The last time

Christian Petersen

As members of the same conference, Arizona State and Stanford have played plenty of times before. See what happened the last time they played.

It was November 13th, 2010. The No. 7 Cardinal made the trip to Tempe and beat the Sun Devils 17-13 in Sun Devil Stadium.

ASU wore its old all-maroon uniforms with yellow helmets while Stanford adorned their all-whites with red numbers.

Pat Tillman was honored during the game for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

On their first drive of the game, now Indianapolis Colts starter Andrew Luck led the Cardinal 50 yards in nine plays capped off by a one-yard rushing touchdown by two-way star Owen Marecic.

ASU returned the favor on the next drive as quarterback Steven Threet led the Sun Devils 70 yards to tie the game at seven, a score that would remain until halftime.

Threet had another chance to score early in the second quarter when he ran the ball inside the Stanford five-yard line, but fumbled as he reached for the goal line and Stanford recovered the ball.

The teams traded punts and turnovers and finally Stanford kicker Nate Whitaker missed a 34-yard field goal to send the game into the half.

After trading punts to start the second half, Nate Whitaker redeemed himself by knocking a 44-yard field goal through the uprights with 6:57 left in the third quarter putting the Cardinal up 10-7.

The Sun Devils marched right back down the field on the next drive and Threet connected with wide receiver Kerry Taylor but Thomas Weber missed the extra point. ASU had its first lead of the game 13-10 with four minutes and 43 seconds left in the third quarter. The touchdown was Taylor's one-hundredth reception as a Sun Devil.

Stanford threatened again at the Arizona State 28-yard line when Luck was picked off by Eddie Elder but ASU could not convert and had to punt again.

Andrew Luck orchestrated a 10-play, 85-yard drive that ended with another Marecic one-yard touchdown run to give Stanford a 17-13 lead. The Cardinal would go on to win by that score after ASU went three-and-out and Stanford held onto the ball for the last four minutes of the game.

It was a defensive struggle throughout as ASU only converted one of nine third down attempts. Under center, Luck directed slow methodical drives holding onto the ball for 42 minutes during the game and completing 33 of 41 passes for 292 yards. It was one of the few times that season Luck did not throw a touchdown pass.

Current Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin was Luck's favorite target reeling in ten catches for 122 yards while the Sun Devils' Cam Marshall led all rushers with 12 carries for 92 yards.

Turnovers plagued both teams as both had a fumble and an interception. Threet struggled completing 16 of 26 passes for 158 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It's also tough to find open receivers when another future Seahawk in Richard Sherman is on the other side of the ball in coverage.

Stanford running back Anthony Wilkerson, only a freshman at the time, carried the ball ten times for 65 yards and will play a large role in the Cardinal offense come next Saturday this time as a senior.

It also didn't help that now San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was on the opposite sideline while ASU committed 8 penalties for 67 yards, a trademark showing for the Dennis Erickson era.

Among the Sun Devils that will get their second shot at Stanford include Osahon Irabor, Deantre Lewis, Chris Coyle, Evan Finkenberg, Kody Koebensky and Will Sutton.

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