October 10, 2010
When writers gush over the old-school élan of Stanford's physically punishing offense, they usually exempt the Cardinal's most valuable possession, future first-rounder Andrew Luck. But given the opportunity Saturday night, the quarterback decided to join the hit parade at the expense of end zone-bound USC cornerback Shareece Wright at the end of the first half:
USC recovered Wright's fumble, but wasn't able to turn it into points before the break, a key point in the Cardinal's eventual 37-35 win on a last-second field goal. With Luck and Trojan QB Matt Barkley taking turns carving up the defenses for 675 yards and six touchdowns between them, the game was destined to go to the offense that touched the ball last.
For the record, Luck (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) outweighs Wright (6-0, 185) by a good 50 pounds. But there's no better way to lose the franchise than to watch him go cowboy after a turnover. As well as Luck seemed to take to the seek-and-destroy role, it's probably not one Jim Harbaugh wants to see him in again.
[Photos: Andrew Luck in action]
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