Stanford Week: It's not all about Luck

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 22: Dayne Crist #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish falls on his back after fumbling the snap as Jawanza Starling #29 of the University of Southern California Trojans chases down the ball and eventually returns the fumble for a touchdown at Notre Dame Stadium on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. USC defeated Notre Dame 31-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

As we have read over and over Andrew Luck seems to be the glue that holds it all together at Stanford.

We have seen his ability first hand and we have seen enough highlights to make a feature film.

But this past weekend it wasn't the Andrew Luck show...Luck had a decent game going 16-21 for 169 yards and 2 TD's. But that was nothing compared to the running game...

The No. 6 Cardinal rushed for a school-record 446 yards on 44 carries, riding a strong offensive line to shred the then-No. 25 Huskies’ run defense, which had only allowed an average of 97 yards per game rushing coming into Saturday’s contest, a fact that made the Cardinal players beam at their own efforts.

"We were very aware of it when we broke [the school rushing record]. What a testament to the O-line, to the coach, the tight ends, to the fullbacks and wide receivers," said redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Luck. "It was a total team effort on the ground today, but first of all, to the backs making it happen with unbelievable plays. They’re special athletes, and it’s fun to have four of them, four really good ones."

This game is hardly a gimme.

Even with a pretty good performance on the road against ND, USC's defense has their work cut out for them this weekend.

Like most I feel a lot better going into this weekends game than I did two weeks ago but USC can't afford to get cocky. USC's defense is starting to come together and make some stops, but Stanford is whole lot better than ND.

Luck will get his yards, USC just has to minimize the damage. That means containing the running game and balanced game.

Monte Kiffin better hope that the defense plays out of their minds on Saturday.

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