TUCSON, Oct. 20 ?C Stanford handed Arizona a hard-fought 21-20 defeat as the two teams, tied for seventh in the Pac-10, played a game that saw the momentum steadily shift from Arizonaˇ?s promising first half to an energized Cardinal finish.
???? Cardinal sophomore quarterback Tavita Pritchard, who put together another come-from-behind one-point victory over then-No. 2 USC two weeks ago, passed for 181 yards with 19 of 27 completions.
???? Jason Evans led the Cardinal (3-4 overall, 2-3 Pac-10) in rushing with 84 yards, followed by Tyrone McGraw with 54 yards.
???? For the Wildcats (2-6 overall, 1-4? Pac-10), Nic Grigsby provided most of the rushing highlights finishing with 134 yards.?
???? Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama completed 28 of 41 passes, for 238 yards.? He scattered his passes fairly evenly among four receivers.?
???? Stanford gained momentum throughout the fourth quarter, taking the lead with under six minutes left.
???? Arizonaˇ?s chances came down to a quarterback sneak that failed with under three minutes left, and Arizona lost the ball and its best chance to come back for a victory.?
Stanford mounted a drive in the early fourth quarter.? Evans provided a spark with a 14-yard run to the Arizona 39.?
???? With a first down on the Arizona 25, Pritchard strung together his own three-yard run and an 11-yard pass to Doug Baldwin to the Arizona 25 to keep the drive alive with a first down.? Stanford moved the ball to the Arizona 10 yard line with 7:04 left in the game.? Tyrone McGraw ran for seven yards to the one yard line.? a play later, Jeremy Stewart took the ball in for the touchdown with 5:54 left in the game, giving the Cardinal a one-point lead.
????? Arizona capped its scoring at 3:33 left in third quarter, when it recovered a fumble by Pritchard at the Stanford 32 yard line.? Arizona failed to score a touchdown and Jason Bondzio kicked a field goal, his career best, for 48 yards, to put Arizona ahead, 20-14.
???????????? Arizona had one more chance to increase its lead when Pritchardˇ?s pass on third down was? intercepted by Nate Ness,? who returned it 26 yards to the Stanford 16 yard line. Three runs by Grigsby sputtered, and Arizona had to settle for a 29-yard field goal attempt by Bondzio, which went wide to the left.
???? After a listless first quarter, both teams began to show? life offensively in the second quarter, Arizona with the run and Stanford in the air and on the ground.?
??? Stanford displayed both a dramatic touchdown pass and a grinding series of runs for scores to take the lead just before the half.
????? Pritchard sparked the Stanford nine-play drive to end the half. He passed for? 12 yards to Richard Sherman to the Arizona 40. Then as time ran down, Pritchard passed to Jason Evans? for seven yards to the 33.?? The Cardinal picked up a first down at the 25 yard line and pushed to the Arizona 2 yard line. With five seconds left, Evans pushed across and the half ended with Stanford holding a 14-10 advantage.
??? Stanford mixed a solid? running game and sharp passing attack earlier in the second quarter.?? McGraw scampered for 13 yards to the Arizona 34.? Pritchard hit Sherman with a pass that moved 33 yards for its first touchdown. That closed the gap to 10-7.
????? Well into the second quarter, neither team could generate a? sustained threat until Arizona staged? its best drive of the evening. Nic Grigsby cut to the right for 22 yards, the longest Arizona run of the season.? Two plays later, Mike Thomas waltzed wide left around off a double reverse to a score from 21 yards out, giving the Wildcats a 10-0 lead.?????? Arizona opened the scoring with a field goal at the 8:00 mark in the first quarter.??