Tag:Andrew Luck
Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:27 pm

Stanford up 16-6 in South Bend

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the Cardinal aren't on a pace to maintain their 50-plus points per game average through their first three games of the season, Stanford has managed to score enough points to build a 10 point lead over Notre Dame at halftime in South Bend.  Stanford currently leads the Irish 16-6 and if it weren't for a couple of turnovers and false start penalties could be leading by even more.

Stanford also failed to capitalize on some fantastic field position following a Dayne Crist fumble in the first quarter.  Stanford started with the ball at the Notre Dame 26-yard line but couldn't pick up a first down and had to settle for a field goal.

Andrew Luck has thrown for 176 yards with a touchdown and interception in the first half  -- an inteception that came as Stanford was driving late in the second quarter -- as he's led the Stanford offense to 237 yards in the first half.  The Stanford defense has done a solid job of slowing the Irish offensive attack, limiting Notre Dame to 124 yards at halftime and keeping them two of seven on third down conversions.  The key for the Stanford defense has been completely stuffing the Notre Dame rushing attack, as the Irish have only managed 23 yards on the ground in 15 carries.

They've also taken Crist out behind the woodshed, leveling the Notre Dame quarterback on seemingly every play.  If Stanford can stop being their own worst enemy in the second half it shouldn't have any problems leaving South Bend 4-0.
Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 4:26 pm

Harbaugh playing coy on Whalen's status

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Jim Harbaugh and the Stanford Cardinal are off to an impressive start to their season, winning their first three games by a combined score of 155-41 and have the third-highest scoring average (51.7 points per game for those of you too lazy to do the math) in the country.  The Cardinal have a good chance to start the season 4-0 as they get ready to head to South Bend to take on Notre Dame this Saturday.

Though they may be without wide receiver Ryan Whalen, who has led the team in receiving the last two years.  Whalen dislocated his elbow during Saturday night's complete dismantling of Wake Forest and his coach certainly doesn't plan on telling us whether or not Whalen will play against the Irish.
"As soon as I tell you you're going to tell Notre Dame," Harbaugh said at his weekly news conference.

Why does it matter?

"I'd want to know about the status of every player on their team, what percent they are, how many plays they are going to play. That's valuable information," Harbaugh said.
Well Harbaugh may not want to tell Notre Dame what Whalen's status is, but nobody is forcing me to keep my mouth shut.  The kid dislocated his elbow.   I've never had the honor of doing that myself, but I'm guessing it's not the type of injury one can just come back from in a matter of days.  He's not going to play.

There.  Now Notre Dame knows.  Sorry, coach.

The truth is that even if Whalen is somehow ready to play on Saturday, there isn't that much reason to play him.  Going into Notre Dame Stadium and coming away with a victory is never easy, but Stanford can -- and should -- win without Whalen.  They still have Andrew Luck, and he has other targets to throw to in Doug Baldwin and Stepfan Taylor.

Giving Whalen a week off to recover is the best route to take with a trip to Autzen Stadium to face Oregon looming after Notre Dame.

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