Even his teammates enjoy watching Owusu

Stanford wasted no time scoring Saturday night when Chris Owusu returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Owusu made one cut and then raced down the left sideline untouched. It was Owusu's second kickoff return this season.

The returner/receiver praised a coach's scouting report for leading to the electrifying play.

"I just caught the ball and Jeremy Stewart had a block," Owusu said. "I hit the hole as fast as I could."

Stanford's big-play maker has his teammates talking.

"It's hard not to stop and watch him play," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "When a guy can take the ball to the house, it takes so much pressure off the offense."

Owusu also caught three passes for 51 yards, including a third-quarter touchdown.

  • Ryan Whalen didn't repeat his nine-catch performance against Wake Forest, but he again led Cardinal receivers Saturday. Like Owusu, Whalen had three catches but for a team-leading 63 yards.

  • San Jose State receiver Kevin Jurovich had nine catches for 103 yards — his second consecutive 100-yard game for San Jose State.

    The impressive individual performance wasn't enough to take away the sting of a 42-17 defeat to Stanford on Saturday night.

    "I don't have a good taste in my mouth for anything," he said. "I judge my performance off how much we're scoring."


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    Jurovich, who caught seven passes for 113 yards against Utah last weekend, moved to 11th for career pass receptions at San Jose State. He has 121.

    Jurovich teamed with quarterback Jordan La Secla in the third quarter for a 38-yard gain that helped set up a Spartan field goal. As Erik Lorig hit La Secla, the quarterback fired deep to his favorite target. Jurovich snagged the ball despite close coverage by cornerback Richard Sherman.

    "We did some good things," La Secla said.

  • San Jose State's running game limped into Stanford Stadium with 31 yards in its first two games. And its leading rusher, Brandon Rutley, couldn't play because of a foot injury. The Spartans called on Lamon Muldrow, a transfer from Sierra College, to help.

    He led the team with 35 yards on 5 carries and scored his first touchdown at San Jose State.

    Although the Spartans gained only 24 yards total Saturday night, Muldrow wasn't discouraged.

    "The running game isn't bad," he said. "We just haven't established it yet."

    — Elliott Almond