Sept. 3, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -
Final score: Stanford 57, San Jose State 3
SJSU is forced to punt.
Picazo completed another short out pass to Ricky Seale for three yards.
Stanford punts, and the Cardinal substitutes liberally as the game winds down.
Fourth quarter (9:04 left): Stanford 57, San Jose State 3
San Jose State inserts backup quarterback Dasmen Stewart into the game. SJSU's Jabari Carr carried around right end, but was hit by linebacker A.J. Tarpley and fumbled. Blake Lueders recovered for Stanford at the SJSU 40.
Fourth quarter (10:02 left): Stanford 50, San Jose State 3
Andrew Luck has completed 17 of 26 for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another. It will be interesting to see if he comes back out in the fourth quarter, as San Jose State prepares to punt.
Stanford is keeping the ball on the ground, and Ryan Hewitt converted a fourth-down short yardage play to the 28.
Nottingham's first collegiate pass went wide to Jamal-Rashad Patterson for seven yards. Gaffney took a handoff, was hit at the 12, spun out of the tackle and ran untouched the rest of the way to complete a 16-yard TD run.
End of third quarter: Stanford 43, San Jose State 3
After three quarters, Stanford has held San Jose to negative-2 yards on 24 carries.
Third quarter (2:07 left): Stanford 43, San Jose State 3
Devon Carrington made a big hit on a fake punt on punter Harrison Waid, who tried to carry around the right side, but instead got drilled.
Luck threw deep to Owusu, who was face-guarded near the goal line for a pass interference penalty. Luck hit Owusu on a short pass and Owusu made an electrifying run to the 1. He has seven catches for 76 yards.
On third down, Stepfan Taylor scored over left guard for his second touchdown of the game.
Third quarter (6:08 left): Stanford 36, San Jose State 3
Andrew Luck has completed two passes to Chris Owusu in the drive after the free kick, but the Cardinal has rarely thrown downfield, not that the Cardinal has needed to do. A third and fourth pass to Owusu put Stanford at the 4-yard line.
Stepfan Taylor carried from 3 yards out for the touchdown when Stanford put a jumbo line on the field. Taylor entered the end zone standing up.
Third quarter (13:13 left): Stanford 29, San Jose State 3
Stanford coach David Shaw said that the coaches would pick the spots for Chris Owusu to return kicks. They picked it for the second-half kickoff and Owusu responded with a 59-yard return. But the drive fizzled when Owusu, open down the seam, dropped a third-down pass.
Matt Faulkner went back to pass and the ball squirted out of his hands. He recovered his own fumble, but was dropped in the end zone by Ben Gardner for a safety, Stanford's first since 2008.
Halftime: Stanford 27, San Jose State 3
Stanford took possession at its own 33, but failed to gain a first down and punted with 15 seconds left. A medium ball down the middle went through Zach Ertz's hands on third down.
Second quarter (0:49 left): Stanford 27, San Jose State 3
San Jose State's Jabari Carr, a product of San Jose's Oak Grove High School, made a leaping sideline grab and withstood a hard hit to stay on his feet. He evaded another tackle down the sideline before being stopped by Delano Howell for a 64-yard gain to the Stanford 10-yard line.
On third-and-goal from the 8, Faulkner hit Noel Grigsby to the 2. Harrison Waid kicked an 18-yard field goal for the first Spartan points.
Second quarter (2:25 left): Stanford 27, San Jose State 0
Stanford has scored on all four of its possessions so far and will attempt to make it 5-for-5 after the SJSU field goal miss.
An offensive pass interference penalty and an incomplete pass left Stanford with a third-and-18 at its 12. Andrew Luck hit Coby Fleener on a pass, but not enough, and David Green's punt went off the side of his foot, giving SJSU the ball on its 48.
On third down, Chase Thomas nailed quarterback Matt Faulkner and forced a fumble. The ball was picked up by Henry Anderson, who returned 37 yards it to the 1. It was Thomas' second forced fumble of the game.
Second quarter (6:31 left): Stanford 20, San Jose State 0
SJSU took possession at its 32. Freshman Wayne Lyons broke up a low first-down pass.
Matt Faulkner hit Noel Grigsby for 23 yards to the Stanford 37, and then found Chandler Jones for a first down to the 24. On second down, Faulkner was roughed by Terrence Stephens after throwing the ball and the Spartans had a first and goal at the 8.
A first-down run was stuffed, and Faulkner was hit by Chase Thomas on second down, forcing in incompletion. A screen left to Grigsby gained only three, and SJSU settled for a 23-yard field goal try by Harrison Waid that went wide right.
Second quarter (9:48): Stanford 20, San Jose State 0
Second quarter (11:12 left): Stanford 17, San Jose State 0
On the Stanford kickoff, the ball traveled toward the corner, where San Jose State mishandled it and the ball went out of bounds at the Spartans' own 3-yard line, where they would have to start their drive.
The Spartans got out of the hole on a Matt Faulkner pass. Facing a third-and-8 at its 16, Faulkner hit receiver Noel Grigsby across the middle for 24 yards.
An SJSU punt was gathered at the 12 by Drew Terrell, who found daylight up the right sideline for 46 yards. A personal foul penalty on the Spartans tacked on 15 yards, giving Stanford possession at the SJSU 27.
Second quarter (14:55 left): Stanford 17, San Jose State 0
It was the 46th career touchdown pass for Luck and first of the season.
Jordan Williamson converted the extra-point try.
End of first quarter: Stanford 10, San Jose State 0
A tackle by Usua Amanam stopped San Jose State's Brandon Driver at the 14 on the kickoff return.
On the final play of the quarter, San Jose State running back Brandon Rutley took the direct snap and fumbled when hit by linebacker Chase Thomas. Ben Gardner, in his frist start, recovered to set up Stanford with a first-and-goal at the SJSU 13.
First quarter (0:57 left): Stanford 10, San Jose State 0
Stepfan Taylor carried on Stanford's first two plays on the drive, for 7 and 22 yards. On the next play, Andrew Luck couldn't find anyone open downfield, but bought time by running along the line of scrimmage and threw a pass that Griff Whalen caught for 15 yards on a diving grab.
On third-and-one from the 17, Ryan Hewitt carried for 3 yards for a first down at the 14. It was Hewitt's second first down on short yardage.
Luck completed a 12-yard pass across the middle to tight end Zach Ertz to the 2, setting up a first and goal. Anthony Wilkerson gained 1 and Luck, on a bootleg right, reached the ball against the pylon for a 1-yard scoring run. The nine-play drive covered 70 yards.
First quarter: Stanford 3, San Jose State 0
Chase Thomas nearly intercepted San Jose State's first-down pass following the kickoff, but the Spartans converted a first down on a short Matt Faulkner pass to Jabari Carr. After another completion, for 7 yards, Faulkner, playing out of a no-huddle, appeared to be hitting his stride.
Faulkner has been elusive in a pair of runs, and Stanford's defense will have to be conscious of that. On third down, a pass down the middle to Chandler Jones was broken up by a hit by Michael Thomas, forcing a punt.
Returner Drew Terrell was hit before the ball came down, giving Stanford 15 yards. The Cardinal will take over at its 30-yard line.
First quarter: Stanford 3, San Jose State 0
San Jose State took the opening kickoff, but gained little in two plays and then quarterback Matt Faulkner was sacked for 10 yards by two of Stanford's new defensive starters, linebackers Trent Murphy and Ben Gardner.
Taylor gained 11 on a second-and-13 to the 29. No. 85 Ryan Hewitt, the Cardinal's starting fullback, carried straight ahead on third and two, and a measurement determined he had made it.
Luck scrambled for 8, sliding to avoid a direct hit, reaching the 19. Out of the I-formation, Luck faked to Hewitt and threw to the fullback in the left flat for 13, setting up a first-and-goal at the 6.
A review determined that Luck's pass to tight end Levine Toilolo was not an interception by Brandon Driver, who was out of the end zone when he brought it in.
With 8:59 left, Stanford faced a third-and-goal at the 5, but Luck's pass intended for new starting receiver Griff Whalen was incomplete.
Jordan Williamson kicked a 23-yard field to put Stanford ahead, 3-0.
After an interesting rendition of the national anthem by the Stanford band, the Cardinal takes the field against San Jose State in a season opener at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford opens the season ranked No. 7 in the AP poll, its highest since 1950. The Cardinal went 12-1 last season and finished No. 4.
San Jose State is coming off a 1-12 season and trails Stanford in the all-time series, 49-14-1.