STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Luke Powell caught 12 passes for 172
yards and two touchdowns as Stanford won its opener, beating San
Jose State 31-10 Saturday night in the Silicon Valley's annual
Freshman Trent Edwards passed for 278 yards after relieving
Chris Lewis in the second quarter, and J.R. Lemon rushed for 103
yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinal's easy victory.
Stanford rallied from an early 10-point deficit and racked up
457 yards in total offense for its third straight win over the
Spartans (1-2), who had little to show for Scott Rislov's
school-record 66 pass attempts.
The Cardinal were led by Powell, a senior receiver who excelled
mostly as a kick returner in his first three seasons. He set career
highs for receptions and yards, catching TD passes of 30 and 20
yards while falling two short of the school record for catches.
Rislov went 28-of-66 for 261 yards for the Spartans, who
followed up last week's 65-3 pasting at Florida with a mediocre
offensive game. After taking the lead on Yonus Davis' first-quarter
scoring run and Jeff Carr's 39-yard field goal, the Spartans didn't
Rislov broke a 1978 school record for passes, but he completed
just 19 after the first quarter.
After 12 games at Stanford, coach Buddy Teevens has three wins --
two against San Jose State. The Cardinal had 563 total yards in
last season's win over the Spartans.
Lewis won the starting job in training camp, but he went 3-for-7
before being replaced by Edwards, one of Tyrone Willingham's final
heralded recruits at Stanford. Edwards, who went 21-of-38, promptly
led the Cardinal on three straight scoring drives midway through
the second quarter.
Edwards was cool and collected in his first game, shrugging off
an interception on his second pass and several hard hits.
Powell was primarily responsible for Edwards' first career TD
pass, adjusting his route and reaching over his back shoulder to
grab it in the corner of the end zone.
After Casey Carroll stripped the ball from Davis on the
Spartans' next possession, Jared Newberry recovered at the 6. On
the next play, Lemon rushed for a score -- and after a punt, Powell
added a 20-yard TD catch 2:07 before halftime.
Edwards led a final fourth-quarter scoring drive capped by
Lemon's 3-yard TD run.