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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Stanford Top 10 moments: No. 6

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. 6: TREE-THIRTY

Setting the scene: Stanford was sloshing its way through a cold night in Pullman Wash., and clinging to a 10-7 halftime lead over the Cougars. Nothing seemed to be clicking offensively. Andrew Luck threw an interception, Stepfan Taylor offered up a rare fumble and the tight ends were nowhere to be found. But that was about to change.

Why it's memorable: After just two catches from the tight ends in the first half (both from Zach Ertz), the trio combined for nine catches, 204 yards and three touchdowns in the second half en route to a 44-14 blowout win over Washington State. As a position group, they took over and dominated. Granted, Luck had to get them the ball,  but once they had it in their hands, they were outstanding. Luck also found his rhythm in the second half, completing 13 of 20 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns.

Levine Toilolo caught a pair of touchdowns -- a 10-yarder and a 26-yarder -- and Coby Fleener hauled in a 28-yard touchdown catch.

Those final 30 minutes reaffirmed what we already knew; when the three tight ends are healthy (which we think they'll be for the Fiesta Bowl) there is almost no way to account for all of them when they are on the field at the same time. This was as dominant a second half of football from the three as we saw all season.