Nov 8, 2003
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - J.R. Lemon pounded his way to a career-high 151 yards on 34 carries and scored two touchdowns, and Stanford recorded a season high in points to defeat sluggish Arizona State 38-27 on Saturday.
Chris Lewis ran for a score and passed for two more as just about everything went right again for the Cardinal (4-4, 2-4 Pac-10) a week after their 21-14 upset of UCLA.
Lewis went 18-of-34 for 279 yards as Stanford compiled 474 yards of offense, despite playing through a steady rain in the second half.
If the last two games are any indication, the Cardinal seem to be finding some consistency that coach Buddy Teevens has been striving for all season.
Lemon came up big in place of leading rusher Kenneth Tolon, who hurt his thumb in a warmup drill before the game and played only the first snap. Lemon's totals were the most for a Stanford running back since 1997. His previous best was 103 yards in a 31-10 win against San Jose State in the season opener Sept. 6.
Evan Moore caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Lewis on the first play of the fourth quarter, then was down for several minutes before being helped off the field by several members of the training staff and carted away with an apparent left ankle injury. Moore is also planning to play power forward on the Stanford basketball team.
Arizona State (4-6, 1-5) couldn't manage near the offensive production it had in a 65-24 rout of the Cardinal last season. Andrew Walter threw touchdown passes of 67, 46 and 9 yards to Derek Hagan, but the Sun Devils defense allowed Stanford the most points since scoring 63 in last year's opener against San Jose State and also a season-best yardage total by the Cardinal.
Hagan finished with four catches for 138 yards and Walter was 22-for-52 for 351 yards.
The Pac-10 coaches have been saying all along that Stanford has big-play potential, and the Cardinal are finally showing it.
Stanford immediately capitalized when Lewis scurried 11 yards for a touchdown on the first play, using all of eight seconds.
The Sun Devils punted on their next two possessions, then Loren Wade fumbled deep in Stanford territory the following offensive series and Cardinal nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo recovered. Arizona State got a break when Stanley Wilson tipped a pass by Lewis and Michael Lovelady picked it off.
Lemon's 1-yard TD run made it 14-0 with 9:07 left in the first quarter. The score was set up by Lewis' 46-yard pass completion to Moore - the Cardinal's second-longest play from scrimmage this fall. Lemon set up his second TD, a 10-yard burst into the open in the second quarter, with a 32-yard run - Stanford's longest rush of the season.
Hagan scored on a 67-yard pass play from Walter 26 seconds later, breaking three tackles as he tiptoed along the sidelines on the way to the end zone to make it 21-7.
Wade failed to go over 100 yards rushing for the first time in four games. He finished with 55 yards on 12 carries.