#18 Stanford Overcomes Sloppiness to Win Thriller Over #6 Utah 17-14 It was far from an ideal start to coach Selvy's Stanford career. Utah took the opening kick and promptly marched 9 play, 3+ minute TD drive. Then on Stanford's first play from scrimmage, Brett Nottingham threw a pick 6. Just like that, 14-0. Slowly but surely, Stanford started to find their footing. But just as soon as they seemed to get steady legs, they'd be cut out from under them thanks to a boneheaded INT or fumble. After Nottingham's 3rd turnover on the day, Selvy turned to his backup QB Marcus Johnson to try to establish his run game to pick up the workload, and the run game answered. RB Barry Sanders opened the scoring after a 10 play drive, 9 of which were runs. Sanders would find paint again early in the 3rd to tie things up. The teams would trade punts for the rest of the 3rd and most of the 4th quarters, before a final big sack from the Stanford defense turned the field position battle, and gave the Cardinal the ball with just under 2 minutes remaining at their own 40. More Barry Sanders would set up Brandon Cook for a 36 yard game winning FG as time expired. The comeback wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the Stanford defense stepping up after the opening 3 minutes of the game. 14-0 could have easily exploded into an insurmountable lead, but the D wasn't having it. In the end, a great season opening win for the new coach, with plenty of things to improve upon. -------------------------------------------------- Brett Nottingham; 8 of 18, 75 yards, 3 INTs, 1 fumble Marcus Johnson; 3 of 5, 63 yards, 3 carries, 23 yards Barry Sanders; 23 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs WRs; 7 drops, 11 catches.