Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes and Stanford took advantage of five Arizona turnovers to beat the Wildcats 20-16 yesterday. "We won the turnover...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Trent Edwards threw two touchdown passes and Stanford took advantage of five Arizona turnovers to beat the Wildcats 20-16 yesterday.
“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), which beat Washington State last week.
Stanford managed just 195 total yards, but the Wildcats’ tough defense was offset by Arizona’s offensive blunders.
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Arizona (1-5, 0-3) lost its fourth in a row. Its only victory came against Division I-AA Northern Arizona.
The wealth of Wildcats miscues led to great field position for Stanford, resulting in 13 points. Meanwhile, the Cardinal did not turn the ball over.
Arizona took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 15 plays in just more than six minutes. Gilbert Harris’ 1-yard TD run capped the drive.
In the second quarter, though, the Wildcats’ Richard Kovalcheck threw an interception and Arizona lost two fumbles — both the results of sacks, with the Cardinal compiling five sacks on the evening.
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 touchdown.
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.”