Scores

Final

San Jose State 3

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(7) Stanford 57

(1-0, 1-0 home)

5:00 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

1 2 3 4 T
SJSU 0 3 0 03
#7STAN 10 17 16 1457

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (STAN) - 171 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Taylor (SOU) - 18 CAR, 61 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: N. Grigsby (SJSU) - 8 REC, 82 YDS

Andrew Luck stars as Stanford steamrolls San Jose State

Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Andrew Luck and the rest of Stanford's players huddled together in the locker room, screaming and shouting every one of the points they piled up in the opener.

"One, two, three ..." they yelled.

Fifty-seven counts later, cheers erupted. For a game that was nothing more than a tune-up, the Cardinal sure made a lot of noise.

Luck threw two touchdowns and ran for another score, leading seventh-ranked Stanford past San Jose State 57-3 in the season opener Saturday.

"It wasn't perfect," new coach David Shaw said. "But it was good."

All the way around.

Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Auburn's Cam Newton last year, completed 17 of 26 passes for 171 yards and looked every bit the player many believe will take home college football's most famous award. He connected with seven different receivers, showed no signs of slipping under the new staff and rested for the fourth quarter.

The standout quarterback summed up his performance in one word: average. Considering what he has done in his career, that would be exactly right.

Stanford's right on pace.

"I think a lot of (the scoring) was our defense and special teams putting us in a position where you can't mess up," said Luck, who presented Shaw the game ball with his teammates. "I definitely don't think we're satisfied on offense."

Stepfan Taylor ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Owusu caught seven passes for 76 yards for the Cardinal, who pounced on their South Bay rival from the start. San Jose State last upset Stanford in 2006, and the Silicon Valley series has been all Cardinal since.

Thanks to Luck.

After turning down a chance to be the NFL draft's No. 1 pick, Luck returned to The Farm and has hopes of a Pac-12 title and possible even a national championship. There certainly wasn't any hangover in Stanford's first tune-up.

Shaw was calm and cool on the sideline with none of the chest bumping or helmet smacking that personified his predecessor, Jim Harbaugh, now with the San Francisco 49ers. With Luck back and better than ever, there was no reason to get all riled up in this one.

Except for maybe watching Luck run all over the field.

After driving the ball inches short of the goal line in the first quarter, Luck scrambled to his right, paused and sprinted to the corner. He launched his body toward the sideline and reached the ball out to swipe the pylon, giving Stanford a 10-0 lead on his first touchdown of the season.

"He gets to dive head first when there's a touchdown involved," Shaw said. "Besides that, he's supposed to slide. He's under strict directives to slide."

As if the Cardinal needed any breaks, San Jose State gave them plenty.

The Spartans fumbled six times and lost three of them, including when Brandon Rutley entered at quarterback in a wildcat formation only to drop the ball on the exchange. Ben Gardner recovered, and Stanford took over from 13 yards out.

The short field position was far too easy for Luck and perhaps the biggest reason his statistics were relatively low.

On the first play after the turnover, he sailed a touch pass to tight end Zach Ertz in the corner of the end zone to put the Cardinal ahead 17-0. And the rout was on.

Not all of Stanford's highlights came on offense.

With the clock dwindling down in the first half, Chase Thomas jarred the ball loose from Matt Faulkner -- who was making his first start at quarterback for San Jose State -- and Henry Anderson scooped it up and ran 37 yards until he was tackled a yard short of the goal line.

"I'm getting close to the end zone and I'm like, 'Why am I not getting tackled yet?'" Anderson said, chuckling. "We do a lot of sprints in practice, but I never thought I'd run that far."

Three plays later, Luck connected on a 1-yard TD pass to fullback Ryan Hewitt to take a 27-0 lead. Taylor also scored on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard in the third quarter to put the Cardinal ahead 43-3.

Luck and the rest of the starters were lifted, and even the backups kept piling up points.

Harrison Waid kicked an 18-yard field goal in the second quarter for San Jose State's lone score. He also missed wide right from 23 yards.

Faulkner finished 14 for 26 passing for 184 yards for San Jose State.

The Spartans, who went 1-12 last season, have lost 18 straight against ranked teams. The last came in a 27-24 win over No. 9 TCU on Nov. 4, 2000.

Playing against a Stanford team that finished 12-1 last season capped with an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech, they didn't have a chance.

"We had nowhere to go," San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre said. "They're a better team than we are, a much better team, and I think they'll have a great year."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SJSU
STAN
1st Downs1221
Total Yards237373
Passing210232
Rushing27141
Penalties7-703-30
3rd Down Conversions3-145-13
4th Down Conversions0-12-2
Turnovers30
Possession25:3034:30

Passing Leaders

San Josť StC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Faulkner14/261847.100
StanfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Luck17/261716.620

Rushing Leaders

San Josť StCARYDSAVGTDLG
Freeman9121.305
Rutley9121.309
StanfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor18613.4223
Gaffney5234.6116

Receiving Leaders

San Josť StRECYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby88210.3024
Carr37826.0064
StanfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owusu77610.9017
Fleener35317.7139

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSJSUSTAN
FG08:51Jordan Williamson 23 Yd 03
TD00:57Andrew Luck 1 Yd Run (Jordan Williamson Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERSJSUSTAN
TD14:55Zach Ertz 13 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson Kick) 017
FG09:48Jordan Williamson 37 Yd 020
TD02:25Ryan Hewitt 2 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson Kick) 027
FG00:49Harrison Waid 18 Yd 327
THIRD QUARTERSJSUSTAN
SF13:13Matt Faulkner Tackled By Ben Gardner In End Zone 329
TD06:08Stepfan Taylor 3 Yd Run (Jordan Williamson Kick) 336
TD02:07Stepfan Taylor 1 Yd Run (Jordan Williamson Kick) 343
FOURTH QUARTERSJSUSTAN
TD10:02Tyler Gaffney 16 Yd Run (Jordan Williamson Kick) 350
TD09:04Coby Fleener 39 Yd Pass From Brett Nottingham (Jordan Williamson Kick) 357

Research Notes

Andrew Luck threw his 46th and 47th career touchdown passes Saturday, the fourth-most in Stanford history. He already holds the single-season record, throwing 32 last season. If he throws 32 again this season, he would tie John Elway for the most in school history.
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