Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Stanford Top 10 moments: No. 9
By Kevin Gemmell
With one game left to play we're taking a look back at some of the memorable moments/series of moments from Stanford's 2011 season. Some were individual plays, others were a series of plays or games as a whole that were significant to the season.
No. 9: BIG MAN, BIG GAME
Setting the scene: With the Cardinal leading Arizona 23-10 early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Andrew Luck connected with Levine Toilolo on a 34-yard touchdown strike to put Stanford ahead 30-10.
Why it's memorable: This was Toilolo's official "welcome back" party after suffering a significant knee injury that kept him out of last season. The touchdown itself was fantastic -- a play-action that sucked the entire Arizona defense in. If you recall, fellow tight end Zach Ertz actually reaches his hand up to try and make the catch because both players were so wide open. Then-Arizona coach Mike Stoops would later marvel how Stanford "manipulated" his defense. That play summed it up.
It was Toilolo's first career touchdown reception and he finished the game with four catches for 102 yards and the score.
That game also provided some ominous forecasting because Coby Fleener missed the bulk of the contest after displaying concussion symptoms. So with just Toilolo and Ertz in the game, it was our first look at how Stanford would cope without all three tight ends at Luck's disposal -- something that would be a significant factor late in the season.