BERKELEY -- Stopped a few inches short of the end zone a week earlier -- officially, at least -- Stepfan Taylor would not be denied Saturday.
Stanford's senior tailback took a handoff at the 7-yard line late in the first quarter, started right, cut left, dodged a defender and then bounded into the end zone.
After nearly nine quarters on the road, Stanford finally had an offensive touchdown. It added two more in a 21-3 victory over Cal on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
"We didn't want to be the class that gives the Axe away," Taylor said. "The seniors made a point of keeping the Axe. The defense played their tails off, and the offense played well enough."
Taylor was superb, rushing for a career-high 189 yards -- the fourth-highest total by a Cardinal in the history of the Big Game.
The performance vaulted Taylor past Toby Gerhart and into second place on Stanford's career rushing list. He needs 418 yards to break Darrin Nelson's school record (4,033).
"He doesn't have any fanfare, he just comes to work," Stanford coach David Shaw said.
And when Taylor is churning for yards, points usually follow.
"He's the key cog to the offense," tight end Zach Ertz said. "We feel like when we can get (Taylor) going, it sets up everything else."
"I have confidence our team will come back to work and focus and prepare," he said. "We can't look at the big picture. It's one game at a time."
Scarlett broke his right hand for the second time this season and underwent surgery Wednesday. Jefferson sat out with a concussion. Both should return at some point this season, Tedford said.
There were more injuries Saturday: Linebacker Chris McCain (ankle), running back C.J. Anderson (shoulder and knee) and nose guard Viliami Moala all were helped from the field.
Tedford declined to place blame on Cal's schedule, which features games in 12 consecutive weeks without a bye.
"We're not making any excuses," he said. "We're banged up. That's how football is."
Receiver Ty Montgomery (knee), who has missed the past two games, is expected to return Saturday against Washington State.
Tedford wasn't prepared to evaluate Galas' performance, but said, "Dom competed hard."
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