Scores

Final

Stanford 39

(1-0, 1-0 Pac-12)

Washington St 13

(0-1, 0-1 Pac-12)

6:00 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Martin Stadium, PULLMAN, WA

1 2 3 4 T
STAN 8 14 7 1039
WSU 0 3 10 013

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (STAN) - 193 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: T. Gerhart (STAN) - 23 CAR, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Karstetter (WSU) - 3 REC, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Frosh Luck leads Stanford past Washington St.

Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Freshman quarterback Andrew Luck made an impressive debut Saturday, leading Stanford to a 39-13 victory over Washington State.

Luck threw for 193 yards and Toby Gerhart and Chris Owusu each scored two touchdowns for Stanford (1-0, 1-0 in Pac-10).

Washington State (0-1, 0-1) showed improvement from last year's miserable 2-11 campaign, when the Cougars ranked among the nation's worst in both offense and defense. Washington State was able to move the ball under senior quarterback Kevin Lopina. But the offense sputtered when Marshall Lobbestael replaced Lopina in the second and fourth quarters as part of an ongoing battle for the starting job.

Stanford took control early in the second quarter and led 22-3 at halftime.

Lopina threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to a leaping Jared Karstetter on the first drive of the second half. But Owusu returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to put Stanford back in charge at 29-10.

Luck, the son of former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, beat out veteran Tavita Pritchard before the season. He completed 11 of 23 passes, with one touchdown, and did not turn the ball over. Gerhart rushed 23 times for 121 yards.

Stanford scored on its first possession on Gerhart's 1-yard run. He ran in the conversion and Stanford led 8-0.

The Cougars answered with an impressive 78-yard drive to Stanford's 1, but were stopped on three plays and Nico Grasu's 21-yard field goal attempt was wide right. Grasu connected on a 44-yard field goal on WSU's next possession, cutting Stanford's lead to 8-3.

Luck threw a short pass to Owusu on the next series, and he ran 63 yards for a touchdown and a 15-3 lead. Stanford went 88 yards on its next possession, with Jeremy Stewart running the final 12 for a 22-3 lead.

This was the only conference game scheduled the first two weeks of the season.

Stanford beat WSU 58-0 last season, with Gerhart rushing for four touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
STAN
WSU
1st Downs2017
Total Yards481351
Passing193247
Rushing288104
Penalties4-555-24
3rd Down Conversions5-134-14
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Turnovers00
Possession31:5328:07

Passing Leaders

StanfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Luck11/231938.410
Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lopina10/151228.110

Rushing Leaders

StanfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gerhart231215.3239
Stewart55711.4130
Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tardy13584.5020
Montgomery14392.8023

Receiving Leaders

StanfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owusu38628.7163
Whalen47418.5025
Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Karstetter39130.3147
Blackledge66711.2020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSTANWSU
TD11:20Toby Gerhart 1 Yd Run (Toby Gerhart Run For Two-Point Conversion) 80
SECOND QUARTERSTANWSU
FG12:43Nico Grasu 44 Yd 83
TD11:54Chris Owusu 63 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 153
TD05:40Jeremy Stewart 12 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 223
THIRD QUARTERSTANWSU
TD11:04Jared Karstetter 5 Yd Pass From Kevin Lopina (Nico Grasu Kick) 2210
TD10:52Chris Owusu 85 Yd Kickoff Return (Nate Whitaker Kick) 2910
FG03:49Nico Grasu 35 Yd 2913
FOURTH QUARTERSTANWSU
FG14:06Nate Whitaker 30 Yd 3213
TD05:21Toby Gerhart 39 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 3913