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No lie: Tree chops down Washington

Dominating both sides of the line of scrimmage, the Stanford Cardinal crushed the Washington Huskies, 65-21, at Stanford Stadium, Stanford California.

In its impressive win, the 7th ranked Cardinal scored the most points on Washington (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) since 2001, when the Huskies lost to Miami 65-7.

Stanford's 446 yards rushing set a school record, and its 615 total yards were the most posted against Washington's defense during the Steve Sarkisian era. The Huskies rank 101st in the FBS in total defense and 10th in the Pac-12.

In reference to Washington's abysmal rush defense, coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying, "I thought they just executed really well and we would defend the play and defend the play and the one time we would get out of a gap, bang. And it wasn't a gain of 12. They just executed really well like a good team does. ... I don't think it was from a lack of physicality. I think at times we just weren't right, and when you are not right against this good of a team they make you pay."

And pay it did.

Stanford scored on every possession it had the ball up until the 2:20 mark in the third quarter when David Green punted the ball away. In the second quarter, the Cardinal scored on one of Washington's possessions when FS Michael Thomas intercepted Keith Price and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown and a 38-14 lead at the halfway mark.

UW turned the ball over 3 times, while the Tree was errorless in that category. The Huskies were penalized 7 times for 84 yards. Trailing 24-14 in the second quarter, a UW holding penalty inside the red zone resulted in a missed field goal attempt and a chance to winnow the Stanford lead. The Tree scored on its next possession, and the rout was on.

The Huskies posted 3 consecutive three-and-outs to start the second half and were trailing 48-14 going into the last quarter.

"To come out and be non-existent offensively in the third quarter was real disappointing," Sark said.

It wasn't all bleak for the Huskies, though.

Once again Chris Polk turned in a scintillating performance, rushing for 144 yards and scoring on touchdown runs of 46 and 61 yards in the first half. His 124.5 rushing yards per game ranks 5th best in the FBS.

Under a severe pass rush, Price played as well as could be expected, completing 23 of 36 passes for 247 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 pick. Price ranks 6th in the FBS in passing efficiency.

Super stud TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught 5 passes for 77 yards.

Based on its disappointing performance, my guess is that Washington will be hard pressed to beat a rejuvenated Arizona team next week. Becoming bowl eligible may have to wait until the Apple Cup on November 26th. Upcoming games against Arizona, USC, Oregon, and OSU appear formidable for the defensively-challenged Dawgs.

Stopping the run and avoiding blowout losses were two goals we had set for the Dawgs in pre-season.

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
EWU 17 25 102 3 0 149.87 17 25 102 3 0 149.87
Hawai'i 18 25 315 4 1 222.64 35 50 417 7 1 182.26
Nebraska 21 37 274 4 2 143.83 56 87 691 11 3 165.91
California 19 25 292 3 0 213.71 75 112 983 14 3 176.58
Utah 22 30 226 3 1 162.95 97 142 1209 17 4 173.70
Colorado 21 28 257 4 0 199.24 118 170 1466 21 4 177.91
Stanford 23 36 247 1 1 125.13 141 206 1713 22 5 168.69

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 7 7 0 7 21
Stanford 10 28 10 17 65


Time Team How Player (s) UW Tree
1st qtr          
11:35 Tree TD Jeremy Stewart 2 yd run (Jordan Williamson kick) 0 7
6:46 Tree FG Jordan Williamson 39 yd FG 0 10
3:00 UW TD Chris Polk 46 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 7 10
2nd qtr
14:26 Tree TD Coby Fleener 1 yd pass from Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson kick) 7 17
13:34 UW TD Chris Polk 61 yd run (Erik Folk kick) 14 17
13:18 Tree TD Stepfan Taylor 70 yd run (Jordan Williamson kick) 14 24
3:44 Tree TD Drew Terrell 5 yd pass from Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson kick) 14 31
0:56 Tree TD Michael Thomas 62 yd interception return (Jordan Williamson kick) 14 38
3rd qtr
11:16 Tree TD Tyler Gaffney 4 yd run (Jordan Williamson kick) 14 45
3:51 Tree FG Jordan Williamson 30 yd FG 14 48
4th qtr
12:48 UW TD Evan Hudson 2 yd pass from Keith Price (Erik Folk kick) 21 48
9:14 Tree TD Anthony Wilkerson 18 yd run (Jordan Williamson kick) 21 55
5:37 Tree FG Jordan Williamson 32 yd FG 21 58
1:25 Tree TD Anthony Wilkerson 38 yd run (Jordan Williamson kick) 21 65

 

Statistics UW Stanford
Total First Downs 19 26
  Rushing 5 16
  Passing 12 8
  Penalty 2 2
Total Net Yards 430 615
Net Yards Passing 258 169
Net Yards Rushing 172 446
Completions-att-int 24-38-2 16-22-0
Punts, yards, average 4-160; 40.0 1-41; 41.0
Sacks by (number, yards) 0-0 2-9
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 12-285-0 4-97-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 1-13-0 1-5-0
Kickoff Yards 4-269 12-783
Net Yards per kickoff 43.0 41.5
Average yards per kickoff 67.2 65.2
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 0
Third-down conversions 6 of 13 8 of 12
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 0-0-0 2-62-1
Penalties, no., Yards 7-84 9-58
Fumbles; number/lost 1-1 0-0
Time of Possession  26:50 33:10

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Andrew Luck; 175.22 16 21 169 2 0
Brett Nottingham 0 1 0 0 0
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 125.13 23 36 247 1 1
Nick Montana; -3.80 1 2 11 0 1
           
Tree Rushing No. yds tds long  
Stepfan Taylor 10 138 1  70  
Tyler Gaffney 9 117 1 34  
Anthony Wilkerson 14 93 2 38  
Chris Owusu 1 45 0 45  
Andrew Luck 3 23 0 15  
Jeremy Stewart 6 20 1 6  
Geoff Meinken 1 10 0 10  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Chris Polk 15 144 2 61  
Jessie Callier 3 1 0 3  
Devin Aguilar 1 5 0 5  
Keith Price 2 -9 0 0  
Bishop Sankey 5 31 0 19  
           
           
           
Tree Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Chris Owusu 5 40 0 14  
Griff Whalen 4 76 0 32  
Zach Ertz 2 29 0 15  
Stepfan Taylor 2 14 0 12  
Drew Terrell 1 5 1 5  
Ty Montgomery 1 4 0 4  
Coby Fleener 1 1 1 1  
           
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
James Johnson 3 27 0 12  
Evan Hudson 1 2 1 2  
Kasen Williams 2 18 0 11  
Chris Polk 3 7 0 5  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 5 77 0 28  
Jermaine Kearse 4 52 0 29  
Devin Aguilar 5 71 0 30  
Kevin Smith 1 4 0 4  
           
Punting        
Stanford No. yds avg long IN20
David Green 1 41 41.0 41 0
           
Washington          
   
Will Mahan 3 122 40.7 45 0
Kiel Rasp 1 38 38.0 38 0
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