Stanford grads Owusu, Taylor catch first TD passes in NFL


Former Stanford players had an impact on the opening weekend in the National Football League as four caught touchdown passes and 20 saw action.

Chris Owusu and Stepfan Taylor, each of whom pulled down their first career touchdown catches, joined Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo with touchdown catches during Week 1. Andrew Luck also added a touchdown run.

On the defensive side, Richard Sherman helped the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to a blowout win over Green Bay by shutting down the Packers' passing game. Sherman was thrown at zero times in Seattle's 36-16 win on Thursday night.

Overall, 22 Stanford players made 53-man rosters, five started the year on practice squads and three are listed on reserve/injured lists.

Owusu had a 19-yard scoring reception in Tampa Bay's 20-14 loss to Carolina and Taylor had a five-yard TD reception for Arizona in an 18-17 victory over San Diego. Ertz caught a 25-yard touchdown pass for Philadelphia in a 34-17 win over Jacksonville and finished with three catches for 77 yards, while Toilolo had three catches for 19 yards for Atlanta, including a one-yard TD pass, in a 37-34 overtime win over New Orleans.

Luck completed 35 of 53 passes for 370 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and ran five times for 19 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 31-24 loss at Denver.

The Philadelphia-Jacksonville game matched former Cardinal teammates Ertz and Toby Gerhart, who carried 18 times for 42 yards and had two catches for 15 more his his debut with the Jaguars after being traded from Minnesota.

Women's volleyball

Senior All-American Allie Frappier, the former Menlo School standout, had 32 kills in a 3-1 loss to No. 14 Trinity as Pomona-Pitzer split during the second day of the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational at Cal Lutheran University last weekend.

Frappier's kills tied for the second-highest total of her career, which she achieved several times last season. Her personal best of 40 was a school record and came in a home win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last season -- tying the Division III record for a four-set match in the 25-point era.

Frappier also added 22 digs in the Trinity match. She did not play in a 3-1 win over Dallas earlier in the day.

Pomona-Pitzer (6-2), which has gone 3-1 in back to back tournaments, will be in action this weekend when it travels to La Verne on Saturday for its SCIAC opener.

At Connecticut College, Palo Alto High grad Caroline Martin had 22 kills and 16 digs in a pair of nonconference losses to open the season last week.

At Princeton, the Tigers are off to a 1-2 start with Menlo School grad Maddie Huber, Menlo-Atherton grad Pauli King and Sacred Heart Prep grad Sarah Daschbach on the roster. Daschbach has 53 digs in the three matches while King has seven kills and 20 digs in the two matches that she's played in. Huber opened the season by playing in three sets, picking up a pair of digs in a loss to Charlotte.

Women's soccer

Former Castilleja teammates now share the same role at Harvard, where the Crimson is off to a 3-0 start. Junior Emily Moshbacher has played in all three matches and has three shots on goal. Freshman Gabby Kaplan has seen action in two of the wins.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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