No. 5 Stanford ready to open season against San Jose State

  • File-This Dec. 29, 2012 file photo shows Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan looking to pass during practice in Carson, Calif. Hogan was 5-0 as the starter after taking over for Josh Nunes late last season. He finished off the 12-2 campaign in spectacular fashion, toppling top-ranked Oregon, beating UCLA in back-to-back weeks for the conference crown and holding off Wisconsin for Stanford's first Rose Bowl victory in 41 years. Hogan threw for 1,096 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions last season. He completed 71.7 percent of his passes and also was the team's second-leading rusher with 263 yards and two touchdowns. (AP Photo/Jae Hong, File)

STANFORD — Shayne Skov felt helpless in his dorm room watching Stanford squeak out a 20-17 win over San Jose State in last season's opener while serving a one-game suspension for a DUI arrest.

The offense struggled for long stretches under new quarterback Josh Nunes. But the linebacker's frustration really simmered when junior college transfer David Fales started carving up the Cardinal defense in the second half.

"It was probably worse than when I was hurt because at least then I was on the field," Skov said. "Just that disconnect from being able to help people you care about, it was tough."

With last year's memory still fresh, Skov and the fifth-ranked Cardinal promise to be ready for San Jose State (1-0) when the Rose Bowl champions open their season late Saturday night at Stanford Stadium. They know now that this is not the same Spartans squad Stanford steamrolled 57-3 two years ago.

"We're aware of the talent they have," he said.

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