Spartans heading south early in season.

"I will take full responsibility for this loss. I apologize to the San Jose State alumni, fans and students. We made some major mistakes in the second half and they will be corrected," said San Jose State coach Fitz Hill.

Stanford 31, San Jose St. 10

STANFORD, Calif. Luke Powell caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns as Stanford won its opener, beating San Jose State 31-10 Saturday night in the Silicon Valley's annual rivalry game.

Freshman Trent Edwards passed for 278 yards after relieving Chris Lewis in the second quarter, and J.R. Lemon rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinal's easy victory.

Stanford rallied from an early 10-point deficit and racked up 457 yards in total offense for its third straight win over the Spartans (1-2), who had little to show for Scott Rislov's school-record 66 pass attempts.

The Cardinal were led by Powell, a senior receiver who excelled mostly as a kick returner in his first three seasons. He set career highs for receptions and yards, catching TD passes of 30 and 20 yards while falling two short of the school record for catches.

Rislov went 28-of-66 for 261 yards for the Spartans, who followed up last week's 65-3 pasting at Florida with a mediocre offensive game. After taking the lead on Yonus Davis' first-quarter scoring run and Jeff Carr's 39-yard field goal, the Spartans didn't score again.

Rislov broke a 1978 school record for passes, but he completed just 19 after the first quarter.

After 12 games at Stanford, coach Buddy Teevens has three wins two against San Jose State. The Cardinal had 563 total yards in last season's win over the Spartans.

Lewis won the starting job in training camp, but he went 3-for-7 before being replaced by Edwards, one of Tyrone Willingham's final heralded recruits at Stanford. Edwards, who went 21-of-38, promptly led the Cardinal on three straight scoring drives midway through the second quarter.

Edwards was cool and collected in his first game, shrugging off an interception on his second pass and several hard hits.

Powell was primarily responsible for Edwards' first career TD pass, adjusting his route and reaching over his back shoulder to grab it in the corner of the end zone.

After Casey Carroll stripped the ball from Davis on the Spartans' next possession, Jared Newberry recovered at the 6. On the next play, Lemon rushed for a score and after a punt, Powell added a 20-yard TD catch 2:07 before halftime.

Edwards led a final fourth-quarter scoring drive capped by Lemon's 3-yard TD run.

Fitz Hill Quotes post game:

"I will take full responsibility for this loss. I apologize to the San Jose State alumni, fans and students. We made some major mistakes in the second half and they will be corrected," said San Jose State coach Fitz Hill, whose team was unable to score in the second half for the second week in a row.

"There weren't a whole lot of good things out there. We just got beat up. They out-competed us and that's what I'm frsutrated about."

Rislov say's he's hurtin:

"Stanford did a great job, tonight, especially getting to the quarterback. I'm pretty beat up," said Rislov, who was forced to hurry many of his passes.

Next game: Nevada on Thursday night (9-11-03) at Spartan Stadium at 7PM.

No Wolf Pack preview this week due to our editor on vacation. Next preview will be for the Rice game scheduled for 10-4-03 in Texas.

Hang in there Spartan Fans!

It may not be too late to correct this ships path to greatness.

(Associated Press contributed to story content).


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