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Andrew Luck Throws a 44-Yard Strike While Falling Down

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Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has made a number of impressive plays this season. Occasionally, he'll do something that prompts grown men to take pictures of their television. (OK, so maybe I was the only one.)

Luck's 44-yard completion to Doug Baldwin while falling to his knees late in the first half of Saturday's 17-13 win at Arizona State was one such play, and it was a thing of beauty. (The floater that Luck threw to Konrad Reuland for a third-down conversion on Stanford's game-winning drive was just about as impressive, and certainly more meaningful. At least one Stanford fan knew the game was won after that play.)

You can watch a video of Luck's off-balance throw here and check out a frame-by-frame look after the jump.

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Luck drops back and recognizes the pass rush, which is coming from both ends.

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Luck plants his back foot and prepares to step up in the pocket.

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Luck manages to avoid the grasp of ASU defensive end Junior Onyeali, but loses his balance in the process.

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As he steps up, Luck spots Doug Baldwin open down field on a post route.

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When I watched it live, I thought Luck's knee was down.

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It wasn't. Luck releases the ball while falling forward, just before his knee hits the ground.

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Baldwin makes the sliding catch.