SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Yonus Davis rushed 184 yards and San
Jose State rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to stun Stanford
35-34 on Saturday.
Adam Tafralis passed for one touchdown and ran for another as
the Spartans (1-1), playing in front of the third-largest home
crowd ever, won its fifth consecutive home opener.
Trent Edwards threw a career-high four touchdown passes, two of
them to Evan Moore, but Stanford lost to San Jose State for the
first time since 2001.
The Cardinal (0-2) took advantage of a botched kickoff return
and dropped punt to help score 27 straight points in the first
Moore caught four passes for 84 yards as Stanford played without
senior receiver Mark Bradford, who left the game early with a right
The Spartans scored on their first possession, with Tafralis
going the final yard for a 7-0 lead. Davis accounted for 32 of the
San Jose State forced the Cardinal to punt but Dwight Lowry
fumbled the kick, with Nick Frank recovering on the Spartans'
17-yard line. Edwards found Richard Sherman in the back of the end
zone on the next play to make it 7-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, San Jose State let the ball bounce and
Peter Griffin of the Cardinal fell on it, giving Stanford a first
down at San Jose State's 19. Edwards found Moore in the end zone
four plays later for an 11-yard touchdown, putting Stanford up
Jim Dray caught a 19-yard touchdown pass, set up by Moore's
48-yard one-handed reception, early in the second quarter and Frank
rushed for another score to give Stanford a 27-7 edge.
After the teams traded touchdowns, San Jose State closed to
within 34-21 in the final minute of the half when Tafralis hooked
up with James T. Callier on an 11-yard TD pass.
The Spartans opened the second half with an 80-yard drive.
Patrick Perry bulled his way eight yards into the end zone for the
score, but Davis set it up with a 36-yard dash. He took a pitch,
broke two tackles at the line, then cut back to the middle before
being dragged down from behind.
Stanford fumbled the ball back to San Jose State on the next
possession, with Trey Jackson recovering. Davis went 31 yards on
the first play and James Jones raced 42 yards on another great run
to put the Spartans up 35-34.
Jones cut across the field after running into trouble along one
sideline, picking up a block from Tafralis that helped spring him
for the go-ahead score.
Lowry intercepted Edwards' pass in the end zone late in the
third quarter to preserve the lead and Demetrius Jones recovered a
fumble with 1:29 remaining.