Stanford Outlasts Navy To Open Season, 41-38
Sept. 10, 2005
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Stanford won its opener under head coach Walt Harris, using a fine performance by quarterback Trent Edwards to outlast Navy 41-38 Saturday night.
Harris, who spent the past eight years at Pittsburgh, is seeking to turn around a program coming off three straight losing seasons. The Cardinal lost their last five games in 2004, but are 1-0 under Harris because of Edwards, who went 21-for-33 for 235 yards and a touchdown.
T.J. Rushing returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score to help Stanford turn back Navy (0-2) in the first meeting between the teams since 1965.
Stanford played the second half without star receiver Evan Moore, who hurt his leg while being tackled late in the second quarter and was taken to a hospital for X-rays. Details of the injury were not immediately available.
Moore finished with three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Marco Nelson scored three touchdowns for the Midshipmen and Karlos Whittaker ran for 110 yards on seven carries, becoming the first freshman in Navy history to have a 100-yard rushing game.
Nelson's third score, on a 54-yard pass from Lamar Owens, brought the Midshipmen to 38-31 with 12:38 left. But Edwards moved the Cardinal close enough for Michael Sgroi to kick a 47-yard field goal, and Stanford held on.
The Cardinal took a 28-21 lead by moving 65 yards for a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half. Anthony Kimble scored on a 3-yard run and accounted for most of the yardage on the drive, catching a 12-yard pass and running for 34 yards.
A 38-yard run by Whittaker set up a Navy field goal, but late in the quarter Stanford used a bit of trickery to open up a 35-24 lead.
After Edwards completed four straight passes for a total of 50 yards, receiver Gerren Crochet ran a reverse behind an excellent block by fullback Nick Frank and scored on a 46-yard run.
Sgroi added a field goal to make it 38-24 with 14:47 left.
Stanford's first drive under their new coach couldn't have gone much better. After forcing a punt, the Cardinal faced two third downs before Edwards threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Moore.
Navy pulled even when Stanford punt returner David Marrero fumbled when hit by Reggie Campbell, and Nelson ran 19 yards into the end zone with the loose ball.
The deadlock last 12 seconds - the amount of time it took Rushing to cover the 93 yards on his second career kickoff return for a touchdown.
Held to 13 yards on 10 carries in the first quarter, Navy found its ground game early in the second period tied it when Whittaker scored on a 44-yard run.
A 1-yard touchdown run by Nelson with 5:33 left in the half gave Navy its first lead, but Stanford tied it on a 2-yard run by Frank.