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Sept. 19, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - After watching Stanford blow an early lead a year ago at Wake Forest, Andrew Luck made sure the Cardinal never stopped scoring in the rematch.
Luck threw four touchdown passes, ran 52 yards for another score and led No. 19 Stanford to the end zone on all eight drives that he played in a 68-24 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday night.
Chris Owusu caught two TD passes in his first game of the season and Tyler Gaffney ran for two scores to help the Cardinal (3-0) score their most points in 42 years.
The Demon Deacons (2-1) scored 107 points in winning their first two games but didn't have nearly enough offense to keep up with Luck and Stanford. Wake Forest gave up its most points since losing 72-13 to Florida State in 1995.
"That Stanford team is very special," coach Jim Grobe said. "It's a good football team, well-coached. All the credit to those guys. They give you problems offensively. They have such a strong running game and a special quarterback who makes all the throws."
Luck finished 17 of 23 for 207 yards passing to go with the long, weaving run that showed he has the athleticism to go with his strong arm. With 10 touchdown passes after three weeks, Luck showed he deserves to be mentioned prominently in early season talk about the Heisman Trophy.
Wake Forest was stopped three-and-out on the opening possession before Luck drove the Cardinal 61 yards for the opening score. He capped it with an 8-yard pass to Owusu, who had missed the first two games with a knee injury.
After Chris Givens tied the game with a 22-yard run off a reverse, the Cardinal took the lead on the next possession when Luck hit Owusu with a 35-yard scoring strike over A.J. Marshall.
Gaffney added his two short touchdown runs in the second quarter and Luck added a 12-yard swing pass to Usua Amanam for another score.
But it was Luck's long run that was his most memorable play of the day. On a third-and-7 from his own 48, Luck dropped back to pass and quickly saw vast open territory in front of him. Without hesitating he ran up field and eluded two defenders and outraced Alex Frye to the end zone to make it 34-7.
Wake Forest got a 48-yard field goal from Jimmy Newman with 4 seconds left in the half to cut Stanford's lead to 41-10. When the clock ran out during Stepfan Taylor's return of the ensuing kick, it marked the only time in the first half that Stanford touched the ball and did not score.
The Cardinal did not slow down in second half. Taylor scored on a 10-yard run to cap the first possession of the second half. Luck threw a 3-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin after Austin Yancy intercepted a pass from Tanner Price. Luck took the rest of the night off with a 55-10 lead.