Stanford Football Live: SJSU 3, Stanford 0, at end of first
Sept. 20, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - In the 62 previous football meetings between Stanford and San Jose State since the series began in 1900, it seems the games have either been memorable and close. Or huge blowouts.
San Jose State could point to its 13-12 upset over Stanford's Rose Bowl-championship team in 1971 and its coach-vs.-son success in the Elway-vs.-Elway games. Stanford could point to a vast array of one-sided victories, including last season's 37-0 triumph.
Stanford entered the Bill Walsh Legacy Game with a 47-14-1 series lead. But rarely in all those meetings has there been such anticipation of a close, tight ballgame.
The following is a quarter-by-quarter rundown of Saturday night's game at Stanford Stadium:
Stanford began with Tavita Pritchard making his fourth start of the season, taking the first snap with the temperature at 64 degrees.
The quarterback question has been a favorite topic among Stanford fans since training camp began. First, Pritchard held off pre-season challenges from Alex Loukas and Michigan transfer Jason Forcier. Now, he maintains his position despite a new challenge from true freshman Andrew Luck, who took snaps with the first team last week and has risen to No. 2 on the depth chart.
Pritchard ran for six yards around right end on his first play, but two passes were dropped, giving the ball to San Jose State on a punt.
The Spartans moved quickly, earning a first down at the Stanford 17-yard line, only for Tom McAndrew to sack Kyle Reed for an eight-yard loss. The Spartans never recovered, but still settled for a 39-yard field goal by the often-struggling Jared Strubeck for a 3-0 Spartans' lead.
A key for Stanford is getting its passing game going to take pressure of junior running back Toby Gerhart, the Cardinal's primary offensive threat. But two Gerhart carries for eight yards and a hurried incompletion were all Stanford could muster on its second three-and-out series.
San Jose State's Kyle Reed had better success, completing his first six passes of the game for 50 yards out of the spread offense.
But, again, Stanford stifled another decent Spartan drive with a sack, this one by Erik Lorig on third-and-four at the Stanford 31.
The Cardinal finally earned its initial first down, on a Pritchard scramble to its own 22-yard line following a San Jose State punt.
End of first quarter: San Jose State 3, Stanford 0
San Jose State 3, Stanford 0
San Jose State 3 -- 0
Stanford 0 -- 0
SJS - FG Strubeck 39.