Thursday, February 14, 2013
Top performances of 2012: Josh Nunes
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.
Up next: Start spreading the Nunes
Who and against whom: Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes helped engineer a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback as the Cardinal topped Arizona 54-48 in overtime -- capping one of the most thrilling games in the Pac-12 last season.
The numbers: Nunes accounted for five touchdowns, completing 21-of-34 passes for 360 yards and two scores plus three more on the ground.
A closer look: When future generations look back at Stanford's 2012 Pac-12 championship run and ensuing Rose Bowl victory, chances are Nunes will simply be remembered as the guy who couldn't replace Andrew Luck. Yeah, that's kind of a raw deal -- because he bailed out Stanford's impenetrable defense big time when the Wildcats showed up on the Farm and scorched Stanford's D for 617 yards. The offense had to win the game, and Nunes responded with career highs in completions, yards and quarterback rating. After the Wildcats jumped ahead 48-34 with 9 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game, Nunes put together a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with him scoring from 1 yard out. Then the Cardinal drove 79 yards on 14 plays to tie the score and force overtime, the knotting tally coming on a 3-yard Nunes run. He was 9-of-16 for 119 yards during the final two drives.