Stanford Football Live: Stanford 10, WSU 0 (end of first)

Nov. 1, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. -

Stanford entered the game in an unusual position, as a heavy favorite in a Pac-10 game. The challenge for the Cardinal is not to overlook a Washington State team that has suffered four losses of 49 points or more. After all, the Cougars have won their past four games at Stanford.

With its record at 4-4 (3-2), the game is seen as a must-win for Stanford. Two more victories could earn the Cardinal its first bowl trip since 2001. And, with Oregon, USC and California next on Stanford's schedule, Washington State (1-7, 0-5) is seen as the only sure thing.

Constant showers made conditions less than ideal, though the temperature was 63 degrees at kickoff.

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The kickoff went to Washington State, and Kevin Lopina took the field as quarterback. Lopina, a product of Bay Area power De La Salle High, threw and ran for first downs, but Stanford held.

Doug Baldwin received the punt, got a block from a teammate that took out two defenders, and ran 26 yards.

Tavita Pritchard got the start at quarterback and came out of the gate with a no-huddle offense. After two Toby Gerhart runs, Pritchard threw deep to Baldwin, who drew a pass interference penalty from cornerback Romeo Pellum.

With the ball at the Washington State 40-yard line, Alex Loukas came in at quarterback and carried out a play-action fake and ran the ball, breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage on the way to a 12-yard gain.

The drive stalled, but Aaron Zagory kicked a 39-yard field goal to give Stanford a 3-0 lead with 8:48 left in the first quarter.

Santa Clara Valley native Chantz Staden returned a short kickoff 31 yards to the Stanford 49-yard line, giving Washington State its second possession in Stanford territory. But, again, the Cougars got nothing, this time because Lopina's pass went through receiver Brandon Gibson's hands and right to Cardinal safety Bo McNally.

McNally's 28-yard return gave Stanford the ball on the WSU 33. It was his third interception of the season.

Stanford took advantage of the short field, scoring in five plays - with all 33 yards covered on Gerhart carries. He scored the touchdown on a six-yard run up the middle with 6:17 left in the first quarter. It was his 10th rushing touchdown of the season, placing him alone in sixth on the Stanford single-season all-time list, and gave the Cardinal a 10-0 lead.

A third WSU trip inside Stanford territory again failed to produce anything. The Cougars reached the Stanford 11-yard line before Nico Grasu attempted a 28-yard field goal. The low kick, however, was blocked by Pannel Egboh in the middle of the line.

End of first quarter: Stanford 10, Washington State 0

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