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Defensive Stand Preserves 18-14 Stanford Win At BYU
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/20/2003

Sept 20, 2003

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PROVO, Utah (AP) - Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards scored on a 14-yard run with 3:51 remaining and the Cardinal defense held off Brigham Young for an 18-14 victory Saturday night.

John Beck drove BYU to the Stanford nine-yard line in the final minute but Jared Newberry preserved the Cardinal victory when he sacked Beck on fourth down.

Kenneth Tolon carried the ball a career-high 32 times for a career-high 141 yards as Stanford (2-0) won the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Edwards was just 10-for-23 for 25 yards passing with two interceptions. Luke Powell also had a 31-yard pass for Stanford, which had its worst passing game ever with 56 yards. The previous low was 62 passing yards against California in 1984.

The schools are known for turning out star quarterbacks, such as John Elway and Jim Plunkett from Stanford and Steve Young and Jim McMahon from BYU, but Beck and Edwards, who's also a freshman, stumbled throughout the game.

Beck replaced Matt Berry, who broke his hand last week in a win at New Mexico, threw for 279 yards on 22-of-45 passing.

Beck was often hurried by the Stanford blitz and was sacked five times. He also threw two second-half interceptions to Oshiomogho Atogwe, who returned the second one to the BYU 25 to set up Edwards' touchdown run.

The Cougars took a 14-9 lead on a trick play when former quarterback Lance Pendelton caught a lateral, then lofted the ball to Daniel Coats for a 31-yard scoring play.

Powell returned a punt 68 yards to set up Michael Sgroi's 24-yard field goal to trim the BYU lead to 14-12 with 8:50 remaining, then Atogwe set up the winning run with his second interception.

Edwards became the first freshman quarterback to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom in 1991. He came off the bench in Stanford's opener and led the team to 31 straight points as the Cardinal beat San Jose State 31-10.


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