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No. 21 Stanford holds off San Jose State

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  • Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes struggled late in the game Friday against San Jose State.

      Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes struggled late in the game Friday against San Jose State.
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STANFORD, Calif. -- Jordan Williamson kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal and the go-ahead score from 20 yards, and No. 21 Stanford survived a 20-17 win over San Jose State on Friday night in its first game since Andrew Luck left.

Former backup Josh Nunes threw for 125 yards and a touchdown in his first start in place of Luck, the No. 1 overall draft pick. But the redshirt junior struggled to move the offense when it counted and it almost cost the Cardinal (1-0) dearly.

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The David Fales-Blake Jurich quarterback combo gave Stanford fits until De'Leon Eskridge fumbled in Spartans (0-1) territory late in the third quarter. That set up Williamson's tiebreaking kick, giving the redshirt sophomore who missed three field goals in a 41-38 loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl a small stroke of redemption.

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