Stanford 20, San Jose State 17

Date - Friday, August 31, 2012 10:00 PM
Location - Stanford Stadium
Attendance - 40577

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
San Jose State 0 3 14 0 17
Stanford 14 3 0 3 20

Recap


Stanford 20, San Jose State 17:
Jordan Williamson kicked the go-ahead field goal early in the fourth quarter as No. 18 Stanford fended off an upset bid by visiting San Jose State.

Stepfan Taylor rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinal, who squandered a two-touchdown halftime lead in their first game of the post-Andrew Luck era. Luck was the top overall draft pick in last April’s NFL draft.

Williamson’s 20-yard field goal with 13:15 to play put Stanford ahead and Ed Reynolds intercepted a fourth-down pass with 1:10 remaining to seal the victory and hand San Jose State its 20th loss in a row against nationally ranked teams dating back to 2000.

Stanford’s Josh Nunes was 16-of-26 passing for 124 yards in his first career start.

San Jose State trailed 17-3 at halftime before dominating the third quarter behind junior college transfer David Fales, who finished 24-of-35 passing for 216 yards.

Blake Jurich scored on a 3-yard run to complete a nine-play, 79-yard drive to pull the Spartans within seven and Fales tossed a 21-yard scoring aerial to Noel Grigsby to end a 12-play, 82-yard drive that tied the contest with 2:17 left in the quarter.

Stanford was impressive early in scoring two touchdowns over the first 10-plus minutes.

Taylor scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 13-play, 81-yard drive for the Cardinal’s first points, and Nunes tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Drew Terrell with 4:23 left in the quarter.

San Jose State got on the board on a 38-yard field goal by Austin Lopez with 10:23 left in the half. Williamson booted a career-long 46-yard field goal for Stanford as time expired in the half.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Stanford has beaten San Jose State five consecutive times. … Grigsby caught seven passes for 93 yards. He set a Spartans’ record with 89 receptions last season. … The Cardinal converted only 2-of-13 third-down opportunities while San Jose State was 7-for-16. … The memory of Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh was honored at halftime. Walsh, who died in 2007, was a graduate of San Jose State and had two coaching stints at Stanford.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:28
Stanford   TD  Stanford 7 - San Jose State 0
1st Quarter - 4:23
Stanford   TD  Stanford 14 - San Jose State 0
2nd Quarter - 10:23
San Jose State   FG  Stanford 14 - San Jose State 3
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Stanford   FG  Stanford 17 - San Jose State 3
3rd Quarter - 11:08
San Jose State   TD  Stanford 17 - San Jose State 10
3rd Quarter - 2:17
San Jose State   TD  Stanford 17 - San Jose State 17
4th Quarter - 13:15
Stanford   FG  Stanford 20 - San Jose State 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  San Jose State Stanford
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  San Jose State Stanford
Score 17 20
First Downs 15 18
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-16
44%
2-for-13
15%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
2-for-3
67%
Total Yards 287 280
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 27-71 41-155
Average/Rush 2.6 3.8
Passing
Comp-Att 24-35 16-26
Passing Yards 216 125
Average/Pass Play 5.7 4.6
Penalties-Yards 7-66 1-5
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 29:28 30:32

PLAYER STATS

San Jose State (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Fales 24/35 217 1 1
Stanford (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Nunes 16/26 125 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
B. Jurich 6 32 5.3 1
D. Eskridge 11 29 2.6 0
C. Jones 1 20 20.0 0
I. Liaina 2 7 3.5 0
T. Ervin 2 -7 -3.5 0
D. Fales 5 -10 -2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Taylor 26 116 4.5 1
A. Wilkerson 6 24 4.0 0
J. Patterson 1 12 12.0 0
R. Seale 1 6 6.0 0
R. Wright 3 5 1.7 0
J. Nunes 2 -5 -2.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
N. Grigsby 7 93 13.3 1
P. Tuitupou 3 43 14.3 0
J. Carr 6 33 5.5 0
R. Otten 2 31 15.5 0
K. Nunn 2 13 6.5 0
D. Eskridge 3 3 1.0 0
T. Ervin 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Montgomery 5 49 9.8 0
D. Terrell 3 33 11.0 1
Z. Ertz 4 26 6.5 0
L. Toilolo 1 13 13.0 0
S. Taylor 2 3 1.5 0
K. Young 1 1 1.0 0