High-scor­ing Ag­gies con­tained

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

UC Davis had av­er­aged 49 points in its first two games, so the Stan­ford de­fense was proud of hold­ing the Ag­gies to one touch­down, which came on the game’s fi­nal play.

“We had a cou­ple of plays we wish we could have back, but we held a team av­er­ag­ing a lot of yards to a lit­tle,” Stan­ford cor­ner­back Alameen Mur­phy said.

Mur­phy had an in­ter­cep­tion with a 32-yard re­turn in the fourth quar­ter. He also led the Car­di­nal with seven tack­les.

He said he and his team­mates were im­pressed with Ag­gies wide re­ceiver Kee­lan Doss, who had 13 catches for 106 yards.

Blocked kick: Casey Toohill of the Car­di­nal blocked a 43-yard field goal at­tempt by Max O’Rourke in the third quar­ter.

It was the sec­ond kick block of Toohill’s ca­reer. He blocked an ex­tra point at Wash­ing­ton in 2016. Big day for Smith: Tight end Kaden Smith’s six re­cep­tions were the most by a Stan­ford tight end since Zach Ertz had 11 at Ore­gon in 2012.

“I feel like we can play a lot bet­ter,” Smith said of the of­fense. “I think we came out slow. We’ve got to fix that.” Slim crowd: De­spite beau­ti­ful weather, a slim crowd turned out for the game, which kicked off at 11 a.m.. The paid crowd was an­nounced as 31,772. Maybe half that num­ber ac­tu­ally showed up.

Car­di­nal starters: Run­ning back Cameron Scar­lett started in place of Bryce Love, who was given the day off to nurse his wounds. Vet­eran cen­ter Jesse Bur­kett re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing the first two games with an undis­closed in­jury.

Walker Lit­tle started at left tackle af­ter his con­di­tion was in doubt un­til game time. Dev­ery Hamil­ton started at left guard.

Briefly: Af­ter break­ing up 11 passes against USC last week, the most in the

David Shaw era, the Car­di­nal broke up 10 Satur­day. … Un­til the Ag­gies scored on a TD pass on the game’s fi­nal play, from backup QB

Hunter Ro­drigues to

C.J. Spencer, the Car­di­nal had gone 167 min­utes and 38 sec­onds with­out giv­ing up a TD. That goes back to the first quar­ter of the sea­son opener against San Diego State . ... Fresh­man Michael Wilson had a 30-yard punt re­turn in the fourth quar­ter. … An­other fresh­man, de­fen­sive end Thomas Booker, had his first in­ter­cep­tion, on a pass tipped by Toohill. And red­shirt fresh­man wide re­ceiver Osiris St. Brown caught a 53yard bomb from K.J. Costello, a play that set up Scar­lett’s 5-yard touch­down run. … Next Satur­day’s game at Ore­gon will start at 5 p.m., it was an­nounced this week.

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