September 20, 2006

General Grievous

A few words of advice for any Cougar fans and well-wishers who may be traveling to Palo Alto for this weekend's football game between Wazzu and the Cardinal. Do not mention UC-Davis. Not unless you want senior Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards to have a career game on the Cougars. Edwards, you may recall, has been the chief antagonist of the Cougars the last two years they have played Stanford in Pullman. But last year, Stanford lost to Division II school UC-Davis two weeks before playing in Pullman and some WSU students and fans decided to flout that embarrassing loss in the form of a chant. Bad move.

"We came into that game and every Washington State student was chanting 'UC-Davis'. I know it fired me up. I don't know about my teammates," says Edwards, recalling last autumn in Pullman, before putting the shoe on the other foot. "If I was sitting in the stands at Washington State, I'd be doing the same thing."

The "UC-Davis" chant helped, but in reality, Edwards had made his mark in the 2004 game when he helped the Cardinal defeat WSU, 23-17. In the two years Edwards has been at the helm of the Stanford offense, he has personally overseen the destruction of the Cougar defense - to the tune of 21 rushes for 118 yards [a whopping 5.6 yards-per-carry average] and going 34-for-59 for 459 yards with four touchdowns against only one pick in both games. Having experienced receivers helped him with the passing yards in both games but it was all Edwards rushing the ball…well, with a little help from the Cougar defense.

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