Justin Muchnick  / The Bootleg / Scout.com
November 03, 2011

In just a few seasons, our man Justin Muchnick has already experienced a lifetime of exciting college football. He has little memory of the dark years, so it’s fun to view the rising Cardinal through his eyes. You have to appreciate the sheer audacity of a bright, 13-year-old super-fan willing to take to task the offensive play-calling of an 8-0 team scoring 49.5 points per game! Kid is money!

Third and four. Score tied at 27-27. Just over three minutes to play. Andrew Luck takes the snap, looks for a receiver, and . . . interception?

That’s how I saw it, from the small but mighty Stanford rooting section at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Perched in Row 70, I squinted as I watched our National Championship dreams crumbling before my eyes. The game had seen a sudden outbreak of Stanford three-and-outs, errant kickoffs from a backup kicker, and a barrage of uncharacteristic penalties. Now, to my dismay, it appeared as if it would end up representing an infamous night in Cardinal history. Then, a glimpse of hope.


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