Lemon Aids Cardinal To Sweet Victory Over Washington

Oct. 2, 2004

AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - J.R. Lemon ran for a career-best 162 yards and threetouchdowns, and Stanford snapped a six-game losing streak against Washingtonwith a 27-13 victory Saturday.

Nick Sanchez returned a blocked punt for a score on the final play of thethird quarter for the Cardinal (3-1, 1-1 Pac-10), who came back strong afterlast week's disheartening loss to top-ranked USC.

Led by Trent Edwards' 254 yards passing and Lemon's relentless rushing,Stanford racked up 449 total yards in the first three quarters against winlessWashington's undermanned defense. Only Edwards' three interceptions and Lemon'send-zone fumble kept the final score respectable.

Lemon scored twice in the first quarter on a 3-yard run and a 58-yard dashas time expired. He added a 1-yard TD plunge in the third.

Stanford got just its third victory over Washington (0-4, 0-2) in theschools' last 23 meetings, and the first since 1994. After winning just sixgames in coach Buddy Teevens' first two seasons, Stanford is off to a promisingstart leading to next Saturday's visit to Notre Dame.

The Cardinal moved the ball with ease, racking up 292 yards in the firsthalf - but Edwards, who went 23-of-35, threw three interceptions in the first2{ quarters, all ruining scoring chances.

Though freshman quarterback Carl Bonnell showed promise in his first startand Casey Paus led a late rally, Washington struggled in its first trip toStanford Stadium since Oct. 28, 2000, one of the most tumultuous days in theprogram's history.

Washington went 80 yards in 36 seconds in a driving rain that day, scoringthe decisive TD in a thrilling 31-28 victory - but earlier in the game, safetyCurtis Williams was paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. He died 19 months later.

Though Bonnell was just 9-of-25 for 118 yards, he showed speed andelusiveness against Stanford's pressure. Washington even ran the optionoccasionally.

The Huskies scored on Kenny James' 1-yard run late in the second quarter,capping a 64-yard drive.

Kenneth Tolon's 44-yard run to the 1 set up Lemon's third TD. After Bonnellwas sacked at midfield on Washington's next drive, Brandon Harrison blocked theHuskies' punt.

Sanchez chased the ball nearly 40 yards before finally catching up at the11. It was Stanford's first blocked punt recovery for a score in nearly fouryears.

Stanley Wilson returned an interception to the Washington 4 early in thefourth quarter, but Lemon fumbled in the end zone.

Paus, who started the first three games for the Huskies, threw a 28-yard TDpass to Sonny Shackleford with 4:45 to play. Washington couldn't reach midfieldon its next drive, however.

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