TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes
and Stanford took advantage of five Arizona turnovers to beat the
Wildcats 20-16 on Saturday.
"We won the turnover ratio and that's the name of the game,"
Stanford coach Walt Harris said.
It was the second Pac-10 road win in a row for the Cardinal
(3-2, 2-1), who beat Washington State last week.
Stanford managed just 195 total yards, but the Wildcats' tough
defense was offset by Arizona's offensive blunders.
Arizona (1-5, 0-3) lost its fourth in a row. Its only victory
was against NCAA Division I-AA Northern Arizona.
But the wealth of Wildcat miscues led to great field position
resulting in 13 Stanford points. Meanwhile, the Cardinal did not
turn the ball over.
Arizona took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 15 plays
in just over six minutes. Gilbert Harris' 1-yard TD run capped the
In the second quarter, though, the Wildcats' Richard Kovalcheck
threw an interception and the Wildcats lost two fumbles -- both the
results of sacks, with the the Cardinal compiling five sacks on the
Kovalcheck's fumble set up Michael Sgroi's 37-yard field goal
that cut the lead to 7-3.
Eight minutes later, Edwards found Anthony Kimble for a 10-yard
touchdown pass with 3:34 left in the half and Stanford led 10-7.
The Cardinal made it 17-7, going 80 yards after the second-half
kickoff. Edwards threw 10 yards to Michael Horgan for the
Arizona sliced the deficit 17-14 when Mike Bell ran 5 yards for
a score with 5:51 left in the third quarter. Kovalcheck's 21-yard
pass to Stephen Steptoe set up the touchdown.
But Kovalcheck's second fumble came at Arizona's 23, and Sgroi's
34-yard field goal put Stanford ahead 20-14.
"We were our own worst enemies tonight," Bell said. "We were
dropping the ball and making dumb plays. We had no execution and we
killed ourselves with dumb mistakes."
Arizona advanced to the Stanford 34 late in the game, but a
penalty pushed the Wildcats back and, on fourth-and-28, Brandon
Harrison intercepted Kovalcheck's fourth-and-28 pass.
Stanford punter Jay Ottovigio ran out of the end zone for an
intentional safety with 17 seconds to play.
"We have to be accountable for one another and develop our
players," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. "We gave up turnovers
and gave up our chance to win. Sometimes you have to go backward
before you can go forward."
Edwards completed 16 of 36 for 137 yards. Kovalcheck was 20 of
38 for 161 and was sacked three times. Stanford is 2-1 since its
embarrassing home loss to Division I-AA Cal-Davis.