Stanford Tops San Jose St., 43-3
Sept. 4, 2004
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes totwo-sport athlete Evan Moore, and Kenneth Tolon rushed for two scores inStanford's 43-3 victory over San Jose State on Saturday night.
Edwards passed for 187 yards and ran for a TD in the Cardinal's fourthstraight win over the Spartans. In the season opener for both teams, Stanfordfinished with its largest margin of victory in the Silicon Valley's rivalrygame since winning 44-0 in 1972.
After taking a 15-0 lead into halftime, the Cardinal scored on their firstthree possessions of the third quarter. San Jose State avoided a shutout withJeff Carr's 40-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth.
Moore, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, caught TD passes of 30 and 22 yards in thefirst half. He was a reserve on Stanford's basketball team last season, andhe'll compete for significant playing time this fall after the football seasonfinishes.
Moore's second TD catch was a beauty that reminded observers of TeyoJohnson, the former Stanford receiver and basketball forward who's now a tightend with the Oakland Raiders. On fourth-and-2, Moore leaped to make aone-handed grab behind his head, then tumbled into the end zone.
Though the Cardinal are expected to finish near the bottom of the Pac-10 forthe third straight season under coach Buddy Teevens, they've returned todominance in this rivalry following three consecutive victories by San JoseState from 1998-00. Stanford has outscored the Spartans 178-53 since then.
San Jose State has one of college football's least experienced rosters, andits depth was further eroded when the school kept six players out of uniformbecause of questions about their academic eligibility.
Starting safeties Brian Nunez and Katrell Collier missed the game, and sodid four reserves. The confusion surrounds the NCAA's rules about the number ofcourse hours required toward players' majors, and the players were held out asa precaution.
'They may very well be eligible, but we had to be sure,' athletic directorChuck Bell said. 'I'm hurt for the kids, the coaches (and) the fans.'
Bill Walsh, the former Stanford coach and San Jose State graduate, providedcolor commentary on the local television broadcast. Walsh no longer has anactive role with the San Francisco 49ers, focusing his attention on his job asa special assistant to Stanford athletic director Ted Leland.