A few weeks ago, every look at the Stanford sideline was an adventure for Trent Edwards. These days, the Cardinal quarterback knows a whole...
STANFORD, Calif. — A few weeks ago, every look at the Stanford sideline was an adventure for Trent Edwards.
These days, the Cardinal quarterback knows a whole lot more about those plays coming in from the coaches — and Edwards used that clarity to lead the most impressive win yet in Stanford’s revival.
Edwards passed for career highs of 303 yards and three touchdowns, and Stanford scored 38 consecutive points in coach Walt Harris’ first home victory, 45-35 over reeling Arizona State on Saturday.
Mark Bradford caught nine passes for 185 yards, including two long TD passes in the second quarter while the Cardinal (4-2, 3-1 Pac-10) pulled away from Arizona State for its third straight win. Stanford led 45-7 midway through the third quarter before coasting to the finish.
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Edwards went 19 of 27 as he calmly directed Stanford’s offense to 38 points in the first 36 minutes. The junior has matured along with his teammates this season, and his poised performance against the Sun Devils (3-4, 1-3) was his most impressive yet.
“I was really keyed in to where their defense was,” Edwards said. “Coach Harris has done an incredible job, but it took a while for all of us to get together. I’m taking the signals from the sideline now, and I’m amazed by how much we’re on the same page.”
Anthony Kimble caught a TD pass and ran for another score, and Stanford blocked two punts to win three straight conference games for the first time since 1999.
It was a breakthrough victory for Harris. Stanford narrowly won each of its first three road games under him, but was 0-2 at Stanford Stadium — including a last-minute loss to Division I-AA UC Davis last month when Edwards got hurt early.
Rudy Burgess caught a TD pass and ran for a score for the Sun Devils, whose once-promising season has plummeted with three straight losses. Arizona State hasn’t won at Stanford since 1997.
Quarterback Sam Keller was cleared to start for Arizona State despite an injured thumb, shoulder and ankle. But he struggled, throwing for just 98 ineffective yards before getting benched in the third quarter.
“This stings a little bit,” Keller said. “We’re not used to this. It stinks.”
Keller’s replacement, freshman Rudy Carpenter, threw an interception on his third play that was returned 26 yards for a score by linebacker Mike Silva. But Carpenter recovered to lead a series of impressive drives resulting in 28 points, throwing TD passes to Burgess, Terry Richardson and Brent Miller to trim Stanford’s huge lead.
Carpenter went 19 of 25 for 304 yards, probably creating a quarterback controversy for coach Dirk Koetter. Richardson had six catches for 119 yards.