De­feat led Car­di­nal to al­ter its of­fen­sive line

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

SAN DIEGO — Fol­low­ing the sting­ing USC de­feat last week, Stan­ford shuf­fled its of­fen­sive line Saturday night for its game against San Diego State.

It gave fresh­man Walker Lit­tle his first start, at right tackle, and moved A.T. Hall back into the lineup at left tackle. David Bright moved from left tackle to left guard.

The Car­di­nal gave up just two sacks against the Tro­jans but four passes were de­flected.

Hall started last sea­son at right tackle, but moved to the right side and then back to left, where he started in the Sun Bowl. He had an undis­closed in­jury in train­ing camp, missed

the opener against Rice and played a re­serve role against USC.

Lit­tle, the first true fresh­man to start at tackle for Stan­ford since Kirk Cham­bers in 2000, is one of two five-star of­fen­sive tack­les Stan­ford landed this year; Foster Sarell was the other. Lit­tle saw spot ac­tion against USC, and Sarell played on spe­cial teams.

Bright, a fifth-year se­nior, has played both guard and tackle through­out his ca­reer.

It took a while for the re­struc­tured line to jell. It gave up a sack on its sec­ond snap against San Diego State.

Sack pa­trol: Stan­ford en­tered the game with three sacks this year, but two of them were for zero yards. It added four in the first half. The Car­di­nal lead the na­tion with 284 sacks since 2011. Flag to ben­e­fit Stan­ford: UCLA will be with­out the ser­vices of de­fen­sive tackle Osa Odighizuwa for the first half of next week’s game at Stan­ford Sta­dium. The red­shirt fresh­man was flagged for tar­get­ing in the fourth quar­ter of Saturday’s 48-45 loss to Mem­phis. Streaks: Stan­ford has a streak of eight bowl ap­pear­ances, the top ac­tive streak in the Pac-12. San Diego State has a streak of seven bowl games. …En­ter­ing the game, Stan­ford had not turned the ball over in a school­record six straight games and had not thrown an in­ter­cep­tion in seven games. Both streaks ended when cor­ner­back Ron Smith picked off a Keller Chryst pass late in the first half. Re­match: San Diego State will lead off Stan­ford’s 2018 sched­ule Sept. 1 at Stan­ford Sta­dium.

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