Stanford, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Hogan tossed two touchdown heaves while Tyler Gaffney rushed for two scores to lead No. 5 Stanford to an impressive 34-13 win over San Jose State Saturday before a record crowd of 50,424 at Stanford Stadium.
Starting his first opener, Hogan improved his record as a starter to 6-0 by completing 17 of 27 passes for 207 yards and no interception as the Cardinal (1-0) raised their record against San Jose to 52-14-1.
Former minor-league outfielder Tyler Gaffney made his return to college football, rushing for 104 yards on 20 carries and his two-yard rush with 11:08 left in the game clinched it for the Cardinal.
“The first drive out there, I was light-headed, didn’t have my legs under me. There were some butterflies, but after that, I started picking up things and felt more comfortable, it was like riding a bike,” Gaffney said.
With Gaffney leading the charge, the Cardinal outran the Spartans, recording 197 ground yards compared to just 35 by their opponent.
Wide receiver Ty Montgomery caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown while Trent Murphy recorded two of four Stanford sacks.
Quarterback David Fales completed 29 of 43 for 216 yards, with one touchdown and an interception as the Spartans dropped to 1-1.
The Cardinal built a 17-3 lead with points on their first three possessions, including touchdowns on the first two.
San Jose State closed to within 27-13 in the third quarter behind Fales’ 13-yard touchdown pass to Noel Grigsby but Gaffney sealed the win with a short scoring burst in the fourth.