Scores

Final

San Jose State 17

(0-3, 0-2 away)

Stanford 42

(2-1, 1-0 home)

9:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

1 2 3 4 T
SJSU 0 7 3 717
STAN 14 7 21 042

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (STAN) - 170 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Gerhart (STAN) - 24 CAR, 113 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Jurovich (SJSU) - 9 REC, 103 YDS

Owusu sparks Stanford to rout of San Jose St.

Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Chris Owusu opened the game with a 94-yard kickoff return and also caught a touchdown pass, Toby Gerhart ran for 113 yards and two TDs and Stanford beat San Jose State 42-17 in its home opener Saturday night in the third annual Bill Walsh Legacy Game.

Corey Gatewood added a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown and Richard Sherman scored on a 48-yard punt return for the Cardinal, who are determined to earn a bowl berth in coach Jim Harbaugh's third season after a near-miss last year.

It gets tougher next week, when Stanford (2-1, 1-0 Pac-10) hosts Washington. The Huskies will surely be riding high after their shocking 16-13 upset of No. 3 Southern California earlier Saturday.

Stanford scored on its opening offensive series and didn't punt for the first time until the 12:28 mark of the third quarter. The Cardinal, who have three special teams touchdowns and a defensive TD this season, outgained San Jose State (0-3) 382-228.

Andrew Luck completed 9 of 12 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He connected with Owusu on a 22-yard TD strike late in the third quarter.

Owen Marecic's 34-yard catch from Luck helped set up Gerhart's 3-yard TD run in the first quarter and Gerhart scored again in the second on a 1-yard dive into the end zone.

Gerhart's 11th career 100-yard rushing game gave him 1,967 career yards on the ground and moved him into eighth place on the school's all-time list. His 20 rushing TDs moved him past Bobby Grayson and Anthony Kimble for sole possession of sixth place in Stanford history.

The Cardinal were clicking in all facets. Thomas Keiser had a career-high three sacks -- half of his team's six -- including back-to-back against Jordan La Secla late in the first quarter for 24 lost yards.

Jalal Beauchman's 1-yard TD catch from La Secla got the Spartans on the board midway through the second quarter, a drive aided by a pass interference penalty against Bo McNally. Lamon Muldrow added a 14-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for the Spartans, whose only other points came on Tyler Cope's 30-yard field goal.

San Jose State had given up 593 rushing yards in its first two games while gaining only 31 -- and it didn't help not having top running back Brandon Rutley for this game because of an ankle injury. Coach Dick Tomey had hoped Rutley would play after he was injured on a touchdown run last Saturday against Utah.

Owusu also had an 85-yard kickoff return at Washington State in the season opener Sept. 5. His return Saturday was the 10th-longest in school history and longest since T.J. Rushing's 99-yarder in 2004 against BYU. Owusu is the first Stanford player with two kickoff returns for scores in the same season since Damon Dunn in 1995.

Stanford, just 4-10 in nonconference games dating to the 2005 season, has won three straight and seven of the last eight in this Bay Area rivalry.

Walsh, the Hall of Fame coach, died in July 2007 at age 75 following a long battle with leukemia. Walsh, who also coached the San Francisco 49ers, attended San Jose State for his undergraduate and graduate work and coached Stanford during two stints over five seasons.

A moment of silence was held before the game to honor NCAA president Dr. Myles Brand, who died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SJSU
STAN
1st Downs1616
Total Yards228382
Passing204171
Rushing24211
Penalties3-249-89
3rd Down Conversions2-135-10
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers24
Possession29:3730:23

Passing Leaders

San Josť StC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
La Secla17/301555.211
StanfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Luck9/1217014.211

Rushing Leaders

San Josť StCARYDSAVGTDLG
Muldrow5357.0116
Island3299.7016
StanfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gerhart241134.7211
Stewart5295.808

Receiving Leaders

San Josť StRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jurovich910311.4038
Otten4328.009
StanfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Whalen36321.0029
Owusu35117.0124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSJSUSTAN
TD14:50Chris Owusu 94 Yd Kickoff Return (Nate Whitaker Kick) 07
TD07:59Toby Gerhart 3 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERSJSUSTAN
TD05:50Jalal Beauchman 1 Yd Pass From Jordan La Secla (Tyler Cope Kick) 714
TD00:41Toby Gerhart 1 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERSJSUSTAN
TD12:13Corey Gatewood 23 Yd Interception Return (Nate Whitaker Kick) 728
FG05:57Tyler Cope 30 Yd 1028
TD01:44Chris Owusu 22 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 1035
TD00:00Richard Sherman 48 Yd Punt Return (Nate Whitaker Kick) 1042
FOURTH QUARTERSJSUSTAN
TD11:11Lamon Muldrow 14 Yd Run (Tyler Cope Kick) 1742