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Cardinal still hoping for Rose Bowl berth

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Nov. 14 2010 12:55 p.m. MST

TEMPE, Ariz. — Stanford needed a bit of luck to pull out a win over Arizona State, from the ball that caromed 15 yards into the hands of a receiver to the questionable holding call that nullified an interception.

The fortunate plays allowed the seventh-ranked Cardinal to rely on a different kind of luck: Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Andrew Luck.

Shaking off an interception and fumble, Luck led Stanford's surprisingly ineffective offense on a late drive for the decisive score in a gritty, 17-13 road win over the Sun Devils (4-6, 2-5).

Luck hit all five of his pass attempts during his third career game-winning, fourth-quarter drive, giving Stanford (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10) its best start since 1951 and keeping its slim Rose Bowl hopes alive.

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