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                  === Stanford sneaks past San Jose State ===
 
 Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - The post-Andrew Luck era got off to an ominous
 start on Friday.
 
 With  their  former two-time Heisman Trophy  runner-up now taking snaps in the
 NFL,  the  No. 21  Stanford Cardinal  needed a  fourth-quarter field goal from
 Jordan  Williamson  to edge  the San  Jose State  Spartans, 20-17, in Friday's
 season-opener.
 
 Senior  Stepfan Taylor rushed  for 116 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for
 the  Cardinal (1-0),  who went 11-2 last  season and lost to Oklahoma State in
 the Fiesta Bowl with Luck at the helm.
 
 Luck, of course, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts in April.
 
 Josh  Nunes,  faced with the unenviable  task of replacing Luck, completed 16-
 of-26 passes for 125 yards and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Drew Terrell
 in the win.
 
 "(Josh)  played  extremely well and  was very poised under pressure," Stanford
 coach  David Shaw  said. "San Jose State gave  a few looks we had not seen and
 Josh  handled it all  very, very well. He showed great leadership for our team
 out there and we look forward to having him do so throughout the season."
 
 David  Fales threw for  216 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the
 Spartans (0-1), who went 5-7 a year ago.
 
 Blake  Jurich  ran for 32 yards  and a touchdown  in the loss and Noel Grigsby
 caught seven passes for 92 yards and a score.
 
 Stanford,  which set a  school record with 561 points last season, held a 17-3
 halftime lead on Friday before the offense stalled.
 
 The Spartans took advantage and scored 14 straight points to tie the game.
 
 They  opened  the quarter with  a 78-yard drive,  which was capped by Jurich's
 three-yard  touchdown  run and Fales hit  Grigsby for a 21-yard scoring strike
 later in the quarter.
 
 San  Jose  State got the  ball back again after  Stanford's second punt of the
 quarter, but De'Leon Eskridge fumbled it away at his own 38-yard-line.
 
 Usua Amanam recovered the loose ball and Stanford capitalized with a short 35-
 yard  drive, which  Williamson capped with a go-ahead 20-yard field goal early
 in the fourth quarter.
 
 Earlier, Taylor opened the scoring with a short touchdown plunge and Terrell's
 scoring grab had the Cardinal up 14-0.
 
 Austin  Lopez got  the Spartans on the  board with a 38-yard field goal in the
 second quarter before Williamson responded with a 46 yarder.
 
 "No  way, shape or  form do we take a moral victory whatsoever," said Spartans
 coach  Bob  Smith. "Those kids are  really, really hurting in there and that's
 because they laid it on the line and we've gotten better."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Luck  was 31-8 as a three-year starter with Stanford ... San Jose State opened
 its  season  against a  ranked opponent  for the fourth  straight year ... The
 Cardinal  lead  the all-time  series, 51-14-1.  San Jose State  has not won at
 Stanford Stadium in the last nine tries.
 
 09/01 03:34:42 ET