Palo Alto, CA – So far, so good.
Andrew Luck's decision to remain at Stanford appeared wise on Saturday, as last year's Heisman runner-up threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the No. 7 Cardinal's 57-3 season-opening pasting of San Jose State.
Luck completed 17-of-26 passes and rushed for a one-yard score. Stepfan Taylor carried the ball 18 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinal (1-0), who finished 12-1 last season and defeated Virginia Tech, 40-12, in the Orange Bowl. They have won nine straight games dating back to last season.
Chris Owusu caught seven passes for 76 yards and Coby Fleener reeled in three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown, ensuring a victory in new head coach David Shaw's debut.
"We are so excited to have him as a head coach," said Luck. "As much as we wanted to win, we wanted to win for him."
Stanford travels to Duke next Saturday.
San Jose State (0-1), which has the longest losing streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision at 11 in a row, saw Matt Faulkner complete 14-of-26 passed for 184 yards.
Harrison Waid booted an 18-yard field goal for the Spartans, who finished 1-12 a year ago.
Shaw served as Stanford's offensive coordinator for the last four seasons before moving to the helm after the departure of Jim Harbaugh to the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. On Saturday, the Cardinal proved their fluency in Shaw's system.
After the defense forced a three-and-out on San Jose State's first possession, Jordan Williamson capped a 10-play, 49-yard drive with a 23-yard field goal.
Luck's touchdown run capped a nine-play, 55-yard drive on Stanford's second possession, and he found Zach Ertz in the end zone for a 13-yard strike following a Ben Gardner fumble recovery to give the Cardinal a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Another Williamson field goal -- this time from 37-yards -- preceded a two- yard touchdown strike from Luck to Ryan Hewitt before the Spartans finally got on the board courtesy of Waid's field goal with 49 seconds left in the first half.
The third quarter started with a rare occurrence -- a Cardinal three-and-out, but the Stanford defense responded, as Matt Faulkner recorded a safety of Faulkner.
"Stanford's a good football team," said San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre. "They're better than we are and I think they're a good football team. We gave them a ton of points, the score's not as indicative of the game."
Taylor tacked on two rushing touchdowns in the quarter, giving Stanford a comfortable 43-3 lead and marking the end of the day for the majority of the regulars.
Junior running back Tyler Gafney made a case for more touches with a 16-yard touchdown run in the final quarter and freshman quarterback Brett Nottingham connected with Fleener for a 39-yard strike to cap the scoring.
The Cardinal are competing in the reconstituted Pac-12 Conference, which has added Colorado and Utah and sprouted into two divisions...The Stanford record for most consecutive wins stands at 13...Spartans' junior tight end Ryan Otten was assisted off the field in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury.