Saturday, September 10, 2011
Halftime: Stanford 17, Duke 7
By Kevin Gemmell
DURHAM, N.C. -- A closer look at Stanford and Duke at halftime at Wallace Wade Stadium:
Stat of the half: Duke is losing this game far more than Stanford is winning it. The Blue Devils are 0-for-7 on third-down conversion attempts and have missed three field goals (though, to their credit, the Blue Devils are 2-for-2 on fourth-down conversions).
Stat of the half, take 2: Andrew Luck has taken more punishment in the first half than probably was expected. He's been knocked down three times and sacked once.
Best play: Can't be the pick six, because it literally fell into Lee Butler's hands. That would get the award for being in the right place at the right time. All he had to do was run. I'm going with the 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Owusu. It was a little wide receiver screen. Great first move by Owusu, great blocking, and it swung the momentum back in Stanford's favor.
Best call: Hands down, the onside kick following Butler's interception return for a touchdown. In the end, it didn't end up hurting the Cardinal, who had two sacks on the next three plays. But you have to love the call by David Cutcliffe.