(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: Stanford 39, Washington State 13
Pullman, WA (Sports Network) - Toby Gerhart ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, as the Stanford Cardinal defeated the Washington State Cougars, 39-13, in a Pac-10 clash at Martin Stadium.
Jeremy Stewart added 57 rushing yards and a score on five carries for Stanford (1-0, 1-0 Pac-10), while freshman Andrew Luck threw for 193 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-23 tosses in his debut.
Kevin Lopina hit on 10-of-15 throws for 123 yards and a score for WSU (0-1, 0-1), while Marshall Lobbestael completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 78 yards. Jared Karstetter pulled in three balls for 92 yards and a score, and Daniel Blackledge added six receptions for 67 yards in the setback.
Stanford scored the first points of the game less than four minutes into action when Gerhart plunged one yard to paydirt. A successful two-point conversion gave the Cardinal an 8-0 edge, which it would carry into the second quarter.
Early in the second frame, WSU got on the board behind a 44-yard field goal from Nico Grasu.
The Cardinal responded moments later, as Luck threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Chris Owusu. Later in the period, Stewart scurried 12 yards for a score, giving Stanford a 22-3 lead at the break.
The Cougars jumped out quickly in the second half and made it a 22-10 game courtesy of a Lopina five-yard touchdown toss to Karstetter.
The ensuing kickoff, however, was returned 85 yards for a touchdown by Owusu, pushing the Cardinal's lead to 29-10.
Grasu connected on a 35-yard field goal late in the third quarter to pull WSU within 16 points.
It took less than a minute for Stanford to strike in the fourth quarter, as Whitaker drilled a 30-yard field goal. Gerhart followed that up with a 39-yard touchdown run to cap the 39-13 victory.
Stanford outgained WSU on the ground 288-104 and that certain played a factor in the outcome.
09/05 21:51:15 ET