It was a night of the haves vs. the haves-not-as-much in the inaugural "Bill Walsh Legacy Game".
This one should have been renamed the "Silicon Valley Slap Fight". The ex Spartan football player (the fart'n spart'n) in the picture associated with this story must have had a premonition (this guy is part of the Rat-Line tail-gate crew).
San Jose State has won this rivalry game many times, but not this time.
Stanford and it's new coach only won one game last year, and had it's noses rubbed into the dirt at Spartan stadium last season thanks to James Jones, John Broussard, Adam Tafralis, and Yonus Davis leading the come from behind victory.
For whatever reason, San Jose State always gets geeked to try to beat the kids from the "farm", and you could sense that paybacks were going to be a bitch this time as the fans entered the stadium.
Well, the payback was dealt to the Spartans in an embarrassing shutout as the Cardinal blanked SJSU 37-0.
Adam Tafralis completed 12-of-24 pass attempts for 130 yards, but he threw for no touchdowns and had one interception.
The score resembled either a hockey blow out, or a dominating baseball game as Stanford lead 9-0 at halftime.
Early in the fourth quarter, Stanford launched a 46-yard touchdown pass to give Stanford a 23-0 lead.
It was all down hill from there.
A meager minute and change later, Stanford's Kimble, went a rumblin and stumblin 14 yards for a score. In the next series, Austin Gunder, snagged a 27-yard touchdown pass from Ostrander, as the Cardinal cruised to a 37-0 victory.
The Cardinal held the Spartans to 163 yards of total offense.
With the offensive line banged up, Yonus Davis on the bench, the young crop of new recievers with butter fingers, and a defense so worn out due to being on the field most of the game, the Spartans had no chance of even making a game of this one.
Athletic Director, Tom Bowen, and assistant AD, Tom Hastings, were in the south end zone during the fourth quarter and neither looked too happy with the play on the field.
On a happier note, we now have an official rivalry game and a trophy to play for. There was a plaque presented to Bill Walsh's wife, but the teams will not compete for it.
During the TV broadcast, it was made clear that the plaque is NOT a game trophy, rather it was a tribute created by the Walsh family to give to the teams.
And, during the interview with AD's Bowen, and Bowlsby, they said that they would like to get a trophy for the game, but have not yet done any work towards finalizing one just yet.
Take a look at the message board as there are photos to geek at courtesy of the Palo Alto Online.
San Jose State concludes a stretch of four brutal road games, and begins it's 2007 Western Athletic Conference opener against Utah State University (0-3, 0-0 WAC) in Logan, Utah, on Saturday, September 22.
Kick-off is set for 6:05 p.m. MDT, with ESPN Regional providing live television coverage.
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