STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Tommy Vardell ran for 108 yards and scored three times to become Stanford's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, highlighting a 56-6 rout of Cornell on Saturday.

Vardell scored three touchdowns for the third straight week, giving him 12 for the season, and gained at least 100 yards for the fourth straight game. His two first-half scores helped Stanford (2-3) take a 35-0 halftime lead. With 29 career rushing touchdowns, Vardell passed Brad Muster (27) on the all- time Stanford list.

The two schools, each with football programs over 100 years old, were playing each other for the first time.

Touchdown plunges of one and two yards by Vardell and a 38-yard scoring pass from Steve Stenstrom to Chris Walsh - the Cardinal's first TD pass this season - put Stanford up 21-0 in the first quarter.

Mike Buckley scored his first of two touchdowns with a 1-yard run off tackle on Stanford's first drive of the second quarter. Ethan Allen's 1-yard TD run later in the quarter made it 35-0.

Vardell's third TD, a 5-yard run in the third quarter, was Stanford's longest rushing score of the game. Buckley's 4-yard scoring run put Stanford up 49-0 in the third quarter.

Ozzie Grenardo capped Stanford's scoring in the fourth quarter with an 81- yard punt return, the second-longest in school history.

John McNiff's 3-yard touchdown run capped a 74-yard drive for Cornell's only score with 10:22 remaining.

Cornell (1-3) did not get a first down in the first quarter and finished the first half with only two first downs and 15 total yards, compared to Stanford's 18 first downs and 315 total yards.

Stenstrom, making his first start of the season, completed 16 of 23 passes for 225 yards and one touchdown. Walsh caught seven passes for 105 yards.

Backup quarterback Bill Lazor completed 14 of 23 passes for 131 yards in the second half for Cornell after starter Sean Andreas was only 1-of-8 for 14 yards and an interception.