6:30 PM ET, September 20, 2003
LaVell Edwards Stadium, PROVO, UT
PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards couldn't do much with his arm in his first start, so he used his legs.
Edwards, who threw for just 25 yards on 10-of-23 passing and two interceptions, faked a handoff and scored on a 14-yard run with 3:51 remaining and the Cardinal defense held off Brigham Young for an 18-14 victory Saturday night.
"That bootleg play was in the game plan from the get-go. The coach let us know it was there every play as their defensive ends crash in hard to the middle," Edwards said.
John Beck, another freshman quarterback making his first start, drove BYU (2-2) to the Stanford 9 in the final minute, but the game ended as Jared Newberry sacked Beck on fourth down.
"That's the type of stuff you live for. You dream about being in there and it's all on you to make the stop to win the game. And we did it," said free safety Oshiomoghe Atogwe, who had two interceptions in the second half.
Kenneth Tolon ran 32 times for 141 yards as Stanford (2-0) won the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Luke Powell had a 31-yard pass for Stanford, which had its worst passing game ever with 56 yards. The previous low was 62 passing yards against California in 1984 but it did not deter the Cardinal, who took advantage of BYU's five turnovers.
"The kid's growing up," Powell said of Edwards. "It wasn't easy for him tonight but he never had his head down."
The schools are known for turning out star quarterbacks, such as John Elway and Jim Plunkett from Stanford and Steve Young and Jim McMahon from BYU, but Beck and Edwards stumbled throughout the game.
"I was getting rattled by their pressure. My stats weren't too good, I know," Edwards said.
Replacing Matt Berry, who broke his hand last week in a win at New Mexico, Beck may have had better numbers with 279 yards on 22-of-45 passing but his interceptions and sacks came at crucial moments.
"I'm proud of John," BYU coach Gary Crowton said. "He got hit and had a bad bruise on his arm. He's got to learn to step up in the pocket when the rushers come from the outside."
Beck was often hurried by the Stanford blitz and was sacked seven times.
"We kept him on his back foot the whole game. He was throwing balls when he didn't know where the defensive backs would be," said Atogwe, who returned the second interception to the BYU 25 setting up Edwards' touchdown run.
Powell returned a punt 68 yards to set up Michael Sgroi's 24-yard field goal to trim the BYU lead to 14-12 with 8:50 remaining.
"Maybe we didn't put up a lot of yards but we got yards when we needed them," Stanford coach Buddy Teevens said. "Edwards did what he asked him to do."
It may not have been much, but it was just enough to keep Stanford undefeated.
Edwards became the first freshman quarterback to win his starting debut since Steve Stenstrom in 1991. He came off the bench in Stanford's opener and led the team to 31 straight points as the Cardinal beat San Jose State 31-10.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||2-16||4-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||2-3|
|TD||4:33||TOBY CHRISTENSEN 27 YD PASS FROM JOHN BECK (MATT PAYNE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||1:54||KENNETH TOLON II 4 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 27 yards.
|FG||9:14||MICHAEL SGROI 38 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards.
|TD||0:10||DANIEL COATS 31 YD PASS FROM LANCE PENDLETON (MATT PAYNE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 94 yards.
|FG||8:50||MICHAEL SGROI 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 18 yards.
|TD||3:51||TRENT EDWARDS 14 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yards.