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Stanford pitches shutout

STANFORD -- Toby Gerhart ran for 140 yards and a touchdown Saturday night to lead Stanford to its first win in seven tries in its newly renovated stadium, 37-0 over San Jose State in the Cardinal's first shutout in more than a decade.

The Cardinal had been outscored 210-50 and never held a lead after the first quarter in its first six games at renovated Stanford Stadium. But with a 52-yard field goal by Derek Belch on the opening drive, Stanford (1-1) was in front nearly the entire game and dominated San Jose State (0-3) with an overpowering running game.

A defense that allowed 624 total yards -- the seventh highest total in school history -- in a 45-17 season-opening loss to UCLA kept the Spartans off the scoreboard. It was Stanford's first shutout since a 38-0 victory over Michigan State in the 1996 Sun Bowl and first at home since a 24-0 win over Washington in 1972.

T.C. Ostrander threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford and a 27-yarder to Austin Gunder in the fourth quarter as coach Jim Harbaugh's offense once again looked light years ahead of where it was a year ago under Walt Harris.

Ostrander finished 18 for 28 for 220 yards. The Cardinal topped 500 yards for the first time in five years and scored four more points than they did in five home games combined last year.

A come-from-behind win over Stanford a year ago helped vault San Jose State to a nine-win season. But the Spartans have looked like their old selves again this year, having been outscored 116-17.

The Cardinal led for all of 2:30 in their first six games in the new stadium before putting together a 13-play drive on their first possession to set up Belch's career-long field goal.

Belch added a 37-yarder midway through the second quarter and then Ostrander put together an efficient drive late in the half to set up a 50-yarder with 31 seconds left that gave Stanford a 9-0 lead at the break.

San Jose State had its chances in the opening half but Jared Strubeck missed a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter and Stanford's Bo McNally broke up a fourth-and-1 pass from Adam Tafralis to James Callier from the Cardinal 22 late in the half.

NEW MEXICO 29, ARIZONA 27, at Tucson, Ariz. -- Donovan Porterie threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns, and New Mexico beat a Pac-10 team for the second time in school history. Arizona's Willie Tuitama passed for 446 yards, second-most ever for the Wildcats, and three touchdowns, but the Wildcats (1-2) couldn't overcome critical fumbles and penalties.

The Lobos (2-1) took advantage of the miscues and tore apart Arizona's secondary all night. Marcus Smith caught 11 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Travis Brown added 10 catches for 121 yards and two scores for New Mexico.

WASHINGTON STATE 45, IDAHO 28, at Pullman, Wash. -- Alex Brink threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars (2-1) beat the Vandals (1-2) in the 90th Battle of the Palouse. Washington State won its seventh straight in the series between schools located just 8 miles apart.

ARIZONA STATE 34, SAN DIEGO STATE 13, at Tempe, Ariz. -- Rudy Carpenter threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Keegan Herring filled in for leading rusher Ryan Torain with two scores as well in the Sun Devils' (3-0) victory over the Aztecs (0-2).

E. WASHINGTON 41, UC DAVIS 31, at Cheney, Wash. -- Matt Nichols threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles (2-0) outlasted the Aggies (1-2) in a non-conference game Saturday that saw the teams roll up nearly 1,000 yards of offense.

Beyer High grad Emmanuel Benjamin kicked a 27-yard field goal and was 4 for 4 on point-after attempts for UC Davis.

BOISE STATE 24, WYOMING 14, at Boise, Idaho -- Taylor Tharp completed 15 of 30 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos (2-1).

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