Nov 10, 2001
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Chris Lewis passed for three first-half touchdowns, and Tank Williams figured in two fumble returns for scores as No. 16 Stanford rebounded from a tough loss with a 51-37 rout of Arizona on Saturday night.
The Wildcats made it close by scoring three TDs in a 5:16 span of the fourth quarter, but Cardinal coach Tyrone Willingham fixed that by inserting first-stringers who came out after taking a 51-16 lead.
Teyo Johnson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore who plays varsity basketball and is a backup quarterback for the Cardinal, caught two of Lewis' scoring throws and set up Stanford's go-ahead score with a 24-yard reception in the first quarter.
Johnson, redshirted last year, finished with season highs of eight catches for 116 yards.
The Cardinal (6-2, 5-2 Pac-10) were ranked 10th a week ago, but dropped after a 42-28 loss to Washington.
They got back on track for a significant bowl bid by opening a 27-13 halftime lead and scoring twice on defense in the third quarter.
Williams went 25 yards with a fumble he picked out of the air on the first play of the third, and then sacked Arizona's Jason Johnson, who fumbled. Coy Wire returned it 89 yards for a TD that made it 41-16 lead with 7:32 left.
Kenneth Tolon II made it 48-16 with 3:54 to go in the third on a spectacular 71-yard run that began when he was almost brought down by Austin Uku, but spun out of the tackle and threaded his way downfield to the end zone.
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Lewis, making his third straight start since Randy Fasani injured his knee Oct. 20, threw scoring passes of 23 and 3 yards to Teyo Johnson and 26 yards to Luke Powell in the first half. Mike Biselli kicked three field goals.
Clarence Farmer scored on a 43-yard pass from Jason Johnson and runs of 20 and 66 yards, and Sean Keel had field goals of 22, 52 and 43 yards for the Wildcats (4-6, 1-6), who have six conference losses for the first time.
Farmer had 141 yards on 12 carries, improving to 1,071 yards this season. But his two rushing TDs came in the last 10 minutes after the game had been decided.
Malosi Leonard blocked a Stanford punt with 4:22 remaining, and John Rattay, Johnson's backup, threw a 21-yard scoring strike to Leonard on the first snap, getting the Wildcats within 51-37.
Arizona played the Cardinal even for a quarter, but fell apart after Lewis broke a 10-10 tie with his pass to a diving Powell 55 seconds into the second quarter.
The Wildcats got a break midway through the first quarter when Alex Luna stripped the ball from Allen and Lance Briggs recovered on the Stanford 43. On the first play, Johnson rolled right and came back to Farmer on the left sideline.
The tailback easily outran linebacker Matt Friedrichs to the end zone, giving the Wildcats a 7-3 lead with 8:28 left in the quarter.
But Friedrichs got even by causing two of Arizona's six fumbles, including the game-turning turnover by Bobby Wade, who coughed up the ball that Williams caught on the fly for a 34-16 lead 14 seconds into the second half.