Sports Digest
Publication Date: Jan 19, 1994

Sports Digest

JUST LIKE JOE . . . When San Jose State quarterback Jeff Garcia nearly led the Spartans to an upset victory over Stanford during the '93 season, Cardinal coach Bill Walsh compared Garcia's mobility to that of former San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana. Garcia certainly lived up to that billing on Saturday as he fired three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to rally the West team to a 29-28 victory in the 69th annual East-West Shrine Game before 60,000 spectators in Stanford Stadium. All three TD passes came in the final 6:14 of the game, topped off by Garcia's two-point conversion run for the winning points with just 47 seconds to play. Garcia impressed more than 70 NFL scouts by completing 22 of 32 passes for 266 yards and three TDS in just two quarters of work. The touchdowns and completions tied Shrine Game records. Garcia shared the Coffman Award as the game's outstanding offensive player with East quarterback Jay Fiedler of Dartmouth, who completed eight of 13 passes for 150 yards and a TD. The Spaulding Award for the top defensive player went to East safety Keith Lyle of Virginia. Lyle had a game-high 12 tackles. The game, which started out slowly as the East grabbed a 14-0 halftime lead, turned into an offensive showcase as both teams combined for 934 total yards. Passing, alone, accounted for 662 yards as the heralded defenses took a backseat to the offenses. The 358 passing yards by the West established a Shrine record, breaking the mark of 349 yards set by the East in 1962.




JUST LIKE JOE . . . When San Jose State quarterback Jeff Garcia nearly led the Spartans to an upset victory over Stanford during the '93 season, Cardinal coach Bill Walsh compared Garcia's mobility to that of former San Francisco 49er great Joe Montana. Garcia certainly lived up to that billing on Saturday as he fired three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to rally the West team to a 29-28 victory in the 69th annual East-West Shrine Game before 60,000 spectators in Stanford Stadium. All three TD passes came in the final 6:14 of the game, topped off by Garcia's two-point conversion run for the winning points with just 47 seconds to play. Garcia impressed more than 70 NFL scouts by completing 22 of 32 passes for 266 yards and three TDS in just two quarters of work. The touchdowns and completions tied Shrine Game records. Garcia shared the Coffman Award as the game's outstanding offensive player with East quarterback Jay Fiedler of Dartmouth. The Spaulding Award for the top defensive player went to East safety Keith Lyle of Virginia.

A MENLO SPLIT . . . After running its winning streak to three games with an 88-56 victory over visiting San Jose Christian on Friday, Menlo College had its streak snapped in a 60-57 loss to Bethany College on Saturday when a desperation shot at the buzzer sank the Oaks (6-9). Menlo forward Ed Knight, who had 22 points and 13 rebounds against San Jose Christian, led the Oaks against Bethany with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Menlo will host a pair of games this weekend, UC San Diego on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Chapman University on Saturday at 7 p.m.

ALL-COMERS TRACK . . . Stanford Stadium will be the site of an all-comers track and field meet Saturday. The meet is open to the public. The entry fee is $3 for all events. Field events begin at 11 a.m., followed by running events at noon.

PITCHING CLINICS . . . The first of five pitching clinics, conducted by coaches and players on the Stanford women's softball team, will be held Saturday at Roble Field. Players must bring their own catcher and ball. The cost is $10 per session or $40 for all five. Fourth through seventh-graders pitch from 10-11:30 a.m. Eighth through 11th graders go from noon to 1:30 p.m. The other clinic dates are Feb. 19, March 19, April 9 and May 14.




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