PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Trent Edwards found his legs, and then he
let his offensive line do the rest.
"I think the offensive line took a lot of heat after last
week's loss to Oregon, and I know our game plan was to come out and
dominate up front," he said after throwing three touchdowns as
Stanford edged Washington State 24-21 Saturday.
"If you can handle their front four, you can open up the
running game and the passing game," Edwards said after doing both
well. "It keeps the defense off balance, whether you're playing
Washington State, you're playing Oregon, no matter what Pac-10 team
you're playing, you keep them off balance by controlling the front
Mark Bradford caught TD passes of 6 and 17 yards and Edwards hit
Justin McCullum on a 19-yard score as the Cardinal (2-2, 1-1
Pac-10) recorded its first conference victory since beating
Washington State 23-17 last Oct. 16.
Edwards went 19-of-28 for 257 yards and three TDs and the
Cardinal had 475 yards of total offense. He also led Cardinal
rushers with 92 yards.
Michael Sgroi kicked a 34-yard field goal with 7:16 remaining
that ended up being the difference. The kick came after a 33-yard
attempt was blocked in the second quarter and a 38-yarder missed
right in the third quarter.
McCullum said coaches found weaknesses in the Cougars' defensive
scheme that the Cardinal exploited.
Edwards "was on the perimeter a lot and the way their defense
is designed, there are a lot of holes for the quarterbacks to run
because their zones are a little more spread out than most teams,"
McCullum said. "I think Trent capitalized on that, we saw the
films, and that was a big, big part of our game."
WSU was without its leading receiver, Jason Hill, and leading
tackler, middle linebacker Will Derting, who were injured -- facts
not lost to the Cardinal, which ran a lot of its plays up the
Stanford had the ball nearly 14 minutes longer than the Cougars
and converted nine of 16 third downs. The Cougars were able to
convert just three of 11 third downs.
"That young man played a hell of a ball game," WSU coach Bill
Doba said of Edwards. "He threw the ball well, scrambled well, ran
the quarterback draw on us. We had a guy assigned to him and he
still made us miss."
Stanford's win overshadowed a sterling performance by Jerome
Harrison, who rushed 29 times for 218 yards and scored a TD for the
Cougars. He had 130 yards by halftime for his eighth consecutive
game of 100 yards or more since last season.
"That was a good game," Harrison said. "I realize their
offense was keeping us off the field ... and you can't score points
if you aren't on the field. They had a good game plan and it
Washington State (3-2, 0-2) had 407 yards of offense, but was
unable to put Stanford away after the Cardinal scored first.
Edwards hit McCullum to make it 14-7 midway through the third
quarter. WSU responded with an 80-yard drive, culminating with
Harrison's 8-yard TD run, to tie it at 14.
Edwards' second TD pass to Bradford put the Cardinal up 21-14,
and Sgroi's field goal gave Stanford a 10-point cushion.
Alex Brink threw a 28-yard TD pass to Greg Prator late in the
game to make it 24-21, but Brink was intercepted in the final
minute to end a final scoring threat. Brink completed 13 of 26
passes for 161 yards, but was intercepted twice.
Stanford scored first when Bradford grabbed a 17-yard TD pass
from Edwards. WSU replied with an 80-yard drive, keyed by
Harrison's 69-yard scamper down the right side to the Stanford 5.
Brink pushed across from the 1 on fourth-and-1 to tie it at 7.
"Today was really a tremendous victory for our team and the
football program," Stanford coach Walt Harris said. "We had to
play on the road. Here is a team (WSU) that had a shocking loss,
because they were so far ahead, and we're playing in their place,
with a rabid crowd, and they were 3-1. So it was a tremendous team