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San Jose St. trumps Stanford

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 10, 2006


SAN JOSE, Calif. - Yonus Davis rushed for 184 yards and the Spartans rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to stun Stanford 35-34 Saturday.

Adam Tafralis passed for one touchdown and ran for another as San Jose State, playing in front of the third-largest home crowd ever, won its fifth consecutive home opener.

Trent Edwards threw a career-high four touchdowns, two of them to Evan Moore, but Stanford lost to San Jose State for the first time since 2001.

The Cardinal took advantage of a botched kickoff return and dropped punt to help score 27 straight points in the first half.

Moore caught four passes for 84 yards as Stanford played without senior receiver Mark Bradford, who left the game early with a right foot injury.

The Spartans scored on their first possession, with Tafralis going the final yard for a 7-0 lead. Davis accounted for 32 yards on the 52-yard drive.

San Jose State forced Stanford to punt but Dwight Lowry fumbled the kick, with Nick Frank recovering on the Spartans 17-yard line. Edwards found Richard Sherman in the back of the end zone on the next play to make it 7-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, San Jose State let the ball bounce and Peter Griffin of the Cardinal fell on it, giving Stanford a first down at San Jose State's 19. Edwards found Moore in the end zone four plays later for an 11-yard touchdown, putting Stanford up 13-7.

Jim Dray caught a 19-yard touchdown, set up by Moore's 48-yard one-handed reception, early in the second quarter and Frank rushed for another score to give Stanford a 27-7 edge.

Washington State 56, Idaho 10: Alex Brink passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score as the Cougars spoiled Vandals coach Dennis Erickson's return to the Palouse in Pullman, Wash.

Idaho of the Western Athletic Conference was slowed by turnovers, penalties and sloppy play to ruin Erickson's return to the Martin Stadium sideline, where he was Cougars coach in 1987-88. The former Miami Hurricanes coach returned in the spring to Idaho - where he started his coaching career from 1982-1985 - after a year's hiatus from football.

Brink, who had only 67 yards passing in last week's 40-14 loss at No. 4 Auburn, was 12-for-15 passing for 231 yards and three touchdowns against overmatched Idaho. He ran for another score before yielding to backup Gary Rogers in the third quarter.

Washington State rolled up 637 yards of total offense and held the Vandals out of the end zone for most of the game.

Idaho quarterback Steven Wichman was 11-for-31 for 170 yards and an interception. Running back Jayson Bird was held to 34 yards on 34 carries.