Nov. 1, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Toby Gerhart tied a Stanford single-game record by running for four touchdowns and the Cardinal took a 58-0 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
The Cardinal (5-4, 4-2 Pac-10) overwhelmed the overmatched Cougars (1-8, 0-6) in front of only a few thousand fans who braved the elements in a driving rain storm.
The Cougars were shut out for the second straight game after going 280 straight contests scoring at least once.
WSU turned the ball over four times in the first half and were unable to score on two trips inside the Stanford 20. The first drive ended when Nico Grasu's field goal attempt was blocked late in the first quarter and the second ended when Kevin Lopina threw his second interception into the end zone in the final minute of the half.
Gerhart ran for 132 yards on 22 carries for his league-leading sixth 100-yard game of the season. Gerhart needs 173 yards in the final three games to break Tommy Vardell's single-season record of 1,084 set in 1991.
Anthony Kimble added 92 yards rushing, including a 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Tavita Pritchard also threw a touchdown pass and Alex Loukas ran for a score for the Cardinal.
Freshman quarterback J.T. Levenseller made his collegiate debut. The Cougars were planning to redshirt Levenseller but changed course because of a spate of injuries. On his first play, Levenseller botched a handoff to Logwone Mitz and Bo McNally recovered for the Cardinal at the 28, setting up Gerhart's third touchdown run.
With Stanford choosing to defer after winning the coin toss, it took 6:22 for the Cardinal to get their first score on Aaron Zagory's 39-yard field goal.
Gerhart than scored touchdowns on four of Stanford's next five four possessions, running in from 6, 4, 8 and 2 yards.