BYU 10

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Stanford 37

(2-0, 2-0 home)

10:00 PM ET, September 11, 2004

Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

1 2 3 4 T
BYU 10 0 0 010
STAN 7 10 7 1337

Top Performers

Passing: T. Edwards (STAN) - 297 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Lemon (STAN) - 14 CAR, 61 YDS

Receiving: A. Smith (STAN) - 6 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Stanford 37, BYU 10

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Beating Brigham Young was no problem for Stanford, since the Cougars seemed so determined to beat themselves.

Trent Edwards passed for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns, and T.J. Rushing returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score in Stanford's 37-10 victory over BYU on Saturday night.

The Cardinal fell behind 10-0 before flattening the mistake-prone, disorganized Cougars (1-1), who committed seven turnovers and had 14 penalties for 125 yards.

Given BYU's ineptitude in nearly every phase of the game, Edwards and his teammates weren't getting terribly excited about their second straight win. The Cardinal have outscored their opponents 80-13 this season -- but those opponents were BYU and lowly San Jose State.

"It was definitely a confidence-builder, but we still missed a couple of opportunities," Edwards said. "It's definitely a good way to start: 2-0 with a couple of good offensive games. ... We knew they were poor tacklers, and we knew that if we make them miss once, we could extend the field."

Alex Smith, Justin McCullum and Evan Moore caught scoring passes from Edwards, who was 20-of-41 to dominate his aerial duel with Jason Beck, BYU's third-string quarterback.

Though injuries to Matt Berry and John Beck didn't help, none of the Cougars seemed particularly ready to play for embattled coach Gary Crowton, who dropped to 9-18 since his first BYU squad won its first 12 games.

"When things don't go very well, you just have to talk about composure and address the issues and hope guys respond to that," Crowton said. "We got out of our rhythm and started throwing too much, and they started coming after us."

Stanford took the lead for good on Smith's 2-yard TD catch early in the second quarter. McCullum caught a 21-yard scoring pass in the third, and the 6-foot-7 Moore outjumped his defender to snare a 25-yard TD throw early in the fourth.

Michael Sgroi kicked three field goals for Stanford, which also started 2-0 last season with wins over San Jose State and BYU -- but went 2-7 the rest of the way.

"We were at the same point last year, so we know we can't make too much of it," Smith said. "I started to think about playing USC (on Sept. 25) before the game was over. We have two weeks to prepare, and that's the one we want."

With John Beck and Matt Berry sidelined by injuries, Jason Beck was 23-of-46 for 232 yards and three interceptions. But the Cougars, who upset Notre Dame last week, were doomed by penalties, turnovers and uninspired defensive play.

The Cougars lost three fumbles -- two in the first half -- and Jason Beck threw all three of his interceptions in the second half. Fourth-stringer Jackson Brown also got picked off in the final minute.

BYU took its early lead on Fahu Tahi's 3-yard TD run and Matt Payne's 40-yard field goal -- but Rushing, a cornerback and a sprinter on Stanford's track team, roared nearly untouched through the Cougars' coverage on the ensuing kickoff.

It was the third-longest kickoff return for a touchdown in school history, and Stanford's first TD return since 1996.

Later in the second quarter, the Cardinal's first scoring drive featured a 76-yard completion to Mark Bradford, who made an impressive broken-field run from one sideline to the other. Bradford and Moore also play for the Stanford basketball team.

"I would say it was just a lot of missed tackles and good blocking," Bradford said. "In high school, I did this all the time, but I was really surprised they missed tackles tonight."

BYU's tumultuous week got even worse with its second straight loss to Stanford. On Wednesday, the school abruptly fired athletic director Val Hale, Crowton's former high school football teammate.

Berry started for the Cougars in place of John Beck, who hurt his shoulder in their season-opening win over Notre Dame. But Berry cut his hand during the Cougars' second drive and went to the locker room.

Jason Beck -- no relation to John Beck -- had intermittent success in BYU's pass-heavy game plan, but John Beck and Brown relieved him in the fourth quarter.

The large BYU fan contingent at Stanford Stadium booed the Stanford band at halftime when the rambunctious group poked fun at polygamy with five dancers wearing wedding veils.