STANFORD -- The most-anticipated season in Stanford history began with a performance worthy of the hype.
The Cardinal (1-0) played like a title contender in dispatching San Jose State 34-13 on Saturday.
Stanford's ground-and-pound approach was on full display as it jumped to a 14-3 lead and was never seriously challenged. It rushed for 197 yards, limited the Spartans to 251 total yards and sacked SJSU quarterback David Fales four times.
"There are not a lot of teams that look like us,'' coach David Shaw said of Stanford's old-school style of play.
"We don't live on stats. We don't worry about trying to score as many points as we can. We want to control the ball, score on every possession and play great defense.''
The Cardinal, which held its No. 5 ranking in The Associated Press poll released Sunday, wasn't in midseason form, but it avoided the litany of mistakes usually seen in season openers:
"Coverage is going really well, and we had a lot of pressure on the quarterback,'' linebacker Trent Murphy said, "but I wouldn't say we played our best.''
Tyler Gaffney, who missed last season while playing minor league baseball, churned for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
"The first drive, I was lightheaded, didn't have my legs -- there were some butterflies,'' Gaffney said. "After that, I felt more comfortable.''
Devon Cajuste, who started opposite Montgomery, added three catches and hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass.
Stanford visits Army on Saturday. The game starts at 9 a.m. and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.