Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 15, 2012 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Stanford is off to solid start with new key personnel NO LUCK CARDINAL GAME PREVIEW: STANFORD S BY WES MORGAN year. It's just that the Cardinal wasn't supposed to beat USC or lose to Wash- ington. It's anyone's guess as to where the program goes from here. Offensively, Stanford is breaking in tanford's 3-1 beginning in the post-Andrew Luck era was about what folks expected in head coach David Shaw's second a new quarterback — first-year starter Josh Nunes, a redshirt junior who beat out redshirt sophomore Brett Notting- ham in fall camp. For those used to Luck's smooth delivery and skilled marksmanship — which resulted in the Indianapolis Colts making him the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft — it's been somewhat painful to watch the Cardinal offense, which ranked sixth in scoring (26.0 points per game) in the Pac-12 and 10th in total offense (327.0 yards per game) through the first five weeks of the season. Nunes is last in the league in passer efficiency (113.5) and completion per- centage (.520), and the Cardinal is 10th in passing offense in the Pac-12 (197.8 Redshirt junior quarterback Josh Nunes was given the unenviable task of filling Andrew Luck's big shoes and has struggled early, ranking last in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (113.5) through five weeks. PHOTO COURTESY STANFORD

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