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Luck has Heisman moment with USC overtime win

Posted on: October 30, 2011 2:40 am
Edited on: October 30, 2011 12:45 pm
Posted by Chris Huston

LOS ANGELES -- It was a whirlwind night for Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.

The 56-48 triple overtime win over USC was capped by a wild celebration in front of Cardinal fans before the Heisman front runner was whisked away to talk to ESPN's Chris Fowler on a Game Day set that seemed to appear magically on the Coliseum turf.

Luck, exhausted, teetered a bit before collapsing in his chair. But, just like in the game, he gathered himself up and managed to finish strong.

"I just need a few minutes to digest it all," he said afterward to the assembled media who wanted to know what it was like to play in such an exciting game.

Heisman voters shouldn't have any problems digesting Luck's performance. He threw for 330 yards and three scores on 29-of-40 passing and rushed for another 36 yards and a touchdown against the Trojans. He made one truly bad throw all game--a fourth-quarter pick that USC corner Nickell Robey took to the house--but he calmly regrouped and led his team back when it counted.

It's that calm under pressure that will impress the Heisman electorate the most. Without Luck's steadying presence and clutch play, Stanford would've joined Clemson and Kansas State as once-undefeated teams who were dumped on the season's ash heap on Saturday.
Instead, thanks to Luck, the Cardinal might be in the driver's seat to play for their first national title since 1926. And, thanks to tonight's win, Luck is in the driver's seat to win Stanford's first Heisman since 1970.

What about USC's Matt Barkley? The junior showed himself to be, at times, every bit the equal to Luck. Had the Trojans pulled this one out, it might've sparked an improbable late-season run to New York in the mold of Carson Palmer's 2002 campaign. In the end, it was not to be. Should he return for his senior season, however, people will point to this night as the beginning of the 2012 Barkley candidacy.

In the end, this was Luck's night. And, oh, what a night it was.

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:21 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:27 am

Luck has Heisman moment with USC overtime win

Does nobody edit what the headlines look like,,, lol

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:24 am

Luck has Heisman moment with USC overtime win

If that play was in the NFL, the USC safety would have gotten a $50,000 fine or more. The rule is designed exactly to protect against those reckless deliberate cheap shots on an unprotected receiver.
How many other PF's did USC get, a bunch of spoiled brats, no wonder they are on suspension for the next 2 years and have lost 30 schlarships to boot.
You must have missed or turned off the rest of the game to think that one cheap shot decided the outcome.
You also seem to be geographically challenged, USC was playing at home at the Rose Bowl, some homer call.
The only thing late was the hit.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:59 am

Luck has Heisman moment with USC overtime win

First let me say I don't care for either team so I am about as neutral as you can get.

Stanford and Luck were greatly assisted by the refs.  Roughly 3 1/2 minutes to go 3 and 8.  Luck led his receive right into a Safety that almost took his head off.  It was a Clean hit.  The Safety was aiming mid-chest with his shoulder.  Once the WR missed he started to slip.  Lowering his chest down and instead blasting his chest the WR got nailed.  Chest to Head.  It wasn't helmet to helmet.  The flag seemed to me noticably late and IMO a Homer call for Mr. Luck. 

What a terrible call to cost a team an upset victory.

I am neither Fan of both but that call IMO seemed to be a homer call and not worthy of an unsportsman like conduct flag. 

BAIL OUT FLAG for the Prima Donna.  USC was ROBBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 5:18 am

Luck has Heisman moment with USC overtime win

You're partly right in that someone there is a moron. Usually the article writer doesn't write the headline, but the whomever wrote the headline did indeed lead readers to believe that USC won in OT.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: October 30, 2011 3:13 am

Luck has Heisman moment with USC overtime win


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