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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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.