Sept. 4, 2004
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By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes to
two-sport athlete Evan Moore, and Kenneth Tolon rushed for two scores in
Stanford's 43-3 victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.
Edwards passed for 187 yards and ran for a TD in the Cardinal's fourth
straight win over the Spartans. In the season opener for both teams, Stanford
finished with its largest margin of victory in the Silicon Valley's rivalry
game since winning 44-0 in 1972.
After taking a 15-0 lead into halftime, the Cardinal scored on their first
three possessions of the third quarter. San Jose State avoided a shutout with
Jeff Carr's 40-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth.
Moore, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, caught TD passes of 30 and 22 yards in the
first half. He was a reserve on Stanford's basketball team last season, and
he'll compete for significant playing time this fall after the football season
Moore's second TD catch was a beauty that reminded observers of Teyo
Johnson, the former Stanford receiver and basketball forward who's now a tight
end with the Oakland Raiders. On fourth-and-2, Moore leaped to make a
one-handed grab behind his head, then tumbled into the end zone.
Though the Cardinal are expected to finish near the bottom of the Pac-10 for
the third straight season under coach Buddy Teevens, they've returned to
dominance in this rivalry following three consecutive victories by San Jose
State from 1998-00. Stanford has outscored the Spartans 178-53 since then.
San Jose State has one of college football's least experienced rosters, and
its depth was further eroded when the school kept six players out of uniform
because of questions about their academic eligibility.
Starting safeties Brian Nunez and Katrell Collier missed the game, and so
did four reserves. The confusion surrounds the NCAA's rules about the number of
course hours required toward players' majors, and the players were held out as
"They may very well be eligible, but we had to be sure," athletic director
Chuck Bell said. "I'm hurt for the kids, the coaches (and) the fans."
Bill Walsh, the former Stanford coach and San Jose State graduate, provided
color commentary on the local television broadcast. Walsh no longer has an
active role with the San Francisco 49ers, focusing his attention on his job as
a special assistant to Stanford athletic director Ted Leland.