Scores

Final

Sacramento St 17

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Stanford 52

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:30 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Stanford Stadium, STANFORD, CA

1 2 3 4 T
SAC 7 0 7 317
STAN 21 17 7 752

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (STAN) - 316 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Gaffney (STAN) - 8 CAR, 33 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Baldwin (STAN) - 4 REC, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Andrew Luck completes 81-yard TD pass as Stanford drops Sacramento State

Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Andrew Luck threw a career-high four touchdown passes in helping Stanford win its first game without Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart, beating Sacramento State 52-17 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Luck completed 17 of 23 passes for 316 yards, including an 81-yard scoring toss to Doug Baldwin and a 59-yard touchdown to Stepfan Taylor. Luck also threw TD passes of 15 yards to Baldwin and 5 yards to Zach Ertz.

Kyle Monson returned a punt 70 yards for a score and Curtis Shaw rushed for a touchdown for the Hornets. Chris Diniz matched his career-best with a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Jeremy Stewart, Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson each scored a touchdown for the Cardinal. They were among several running backs used by Stanford, which gained 213 yards, 82 in the first half, on the ground.

Baldwin caught four passes for 111 yards.

Luck more than made up through the air what Gerhart once provided on the ground. He was 14 of 18 for 301 yards in the first half, and that was without wide receiver Chris Owusu, who missed the game with an undisclosed injury.

The 316 yards was Luck's second-highest game total, behind his 423 yards last year at Arizona.

The Cardinal scored on their first two possessions to open a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Stanford needed seven plays to march 75 yards after taking the opening kickoff. Stewart went the final yard.

The Cardinal took over on their own 15-yard line on its next possession. After Luck ran for 4 yards, he connected with Baldwin on an 81-yard scoring toss, the longest Stanford TD pass in 10 years and the eighth-longest in school history.

Monson had Sacramento State's first punt return for a touchdown in seven years.

UCLA transfer McLeod Bethel-Thompson opened at quarterback for the Hornets, completing 9 of 15 passes for 69 yards. He made his collegiate debut against Stanford three years ago. Jeff Fleming replaced him in the second half, adding 44 yards on 6-of-12 passing.

Alex Loukas, who replaced Luck at quarterback late in the third quarter, finished as Stanford's top rusher (57 yards) thanks to a 48-yard gain on a broken play.

Bryan Hillard made his first appearance in two years. The Hornets' leading rusher in 2008 missed last season with a shoudler injury.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAC
STAN
1st Downs1220
Total Yards167529
Passing113316
Rushing54213
Penalties11-857-58
3rd Down Conversions5-154-9
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers12
Possession28:3931:21

Passing Leaders

Sacramento StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bethel-Thompson9/15694.600
StanfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Luck17/2331613.740

Rushing Leaders

Sacramento StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shaw12302.5112
Hilliard8283.509
StanfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Loukas25728.5048
Amanam8506.3020

Receiving Leaders

Sacramento StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Norrise3279.0011
Deadder4266.5010
StanfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baldwin411127.8281
Whalen46416.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSACSTAN
TD11:35Jeremy Stewart 1 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 07
TD06:18Doug Baldwin 81 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 014
TD03:23Kyle Monson 70 Yd Punt Return (Chris Diniz Kick) 714
TD02:20Stepfan Taylor 59 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERSACSTAN
FG10:36Nate Whitaker 23 Yd 724
TD08:38Zach Ertz 5 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 731
TD01:37Doug Baldwin 15 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 738
THIRD QUARTERSACSTAN
TD08:14Curtis Shaw 2 Yd Run (Chris Diniz Kick) 1438
TD01:28Tyler Gaffney 1 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 1445
FOURTH QUARTERSACSTAN
FG11:56Chris Diniz 52 Yd 1745
TD02:27Anthony Wilkerson 1 Yd Run (Nate Whitaker Kick) 1752