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Dawgs tree da' Tree after three

Avenging their last three mismatches against the Tree, contests they lost by a combined 140-35, the Washington Huskies felled the Stanford Cardinal, 17-13, behind two big offensive plays -- Bishop Sankey's 61-yard TD run and Kasen Williams' 35-yard TD catch and run -- and a dominating defense.

Fans at CenturyLink Field were urged to wear black to match the Huskies' all black uniforms. Roughed up by both defenses, all the offensive players saw -- and felt -- were black and blue. Coach Jim Harbaugh created a muscled monster at Stanford, and second-year coach David Shaw is a man of tradition. At Washington, coach Steve Sarkisian may be turning into a Harbaugh devotee, thanks to his defensive coach Justin Wilcox.

The Huskies had the nastiness --- and toughness -- to beat a physical team. The Dawgs girded their loins for the eighth-ranked Tree, in a game where they rabidly frothed at the mouth, treeing the Tree, so to speak.

Like Cerberus guarding the gates of Hades, the Huskies' defense and their three-headed dog (Danny Shelton, Semisi Tokolahi and Thomas Tutogi who clogged up the middle), kept the Cards' offense from crossing its goal line.

On offense, the two big plays aside, Mother Teresa would have had more firepower. UW was looking for Charles Atlas on offense; instead, it found a 90-pound weakling, accumulating just 313 total yards, 13 first downs, and converting just 4 of 17 third-down attempts.

Behind four first-year starters on the offensive line, QB Keith Price ran for his life most of the night; he posted a mediocre passing efficiency rating of 95.05 and threw a pick-six to LB Trent Murphy, who scored from 40 yards out to give SU a 13-3 lead in the third quarter.

Thundering stillness permeated the stadium.

After Sankey's long touchdown run, narrowing the score to 13-10, CenturyLink awakened, and the sleeping giant six miles away hungrily opened its jaws. You could hear its low growl all the way from Montlake.

Williams' pass catch and scamper gave the Dawgs the lead.

His team behind 17-13, with 1:34 left, on the Dawgs' 34, Stanford QB Josh Nunes was intercepted by Desmond Trufant -- fittingly so, considering how well the D had played all night -- and the offense ran out the clock.        

Price was quoted as saying the offense "kept fighting and fighting. Their front seven played good. They really challenged our offensive lines. But our guys really fought."

Not just a clergyman lost at sea (see the Name Game), Bishop Sankey rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown. Kasen Williams caught 10 passes for 129 yards and  a touchdown.

In a defensive struggle, the two teams exchanged nine punts and each pillaged three sacks.

In his fourth season at UW, Coach Steve Sarkisian (22-20) has been on a mission to rebuild the Huskies from their 0-12 season in 2008. So far the journey has been somewhat successful, but for his team's appearances against ranked teams the last two seasons, when it has been unable to stop the run. Against second-ranked LSU this year, the Huskies were torched for 242 yards on the ground.

Against eighth-ranked Stanford, the Dawgs yielded just 65 yards on the turf, this juxtaposed with giving up 446 last year. Sark is accomplishing his mission, this said with all due respect to second-ranked Oregon, which is on his plate next week. 

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good:

-- The defense -- which won the San Diego State game as well.

-- Sankey's and Williams' big plays.

-- Justin Wilcox's defensive schemes.

-- Kicker Travis Coons' touchback on a kickoff and his 43-yard field goal. None of his soaring punts were returned. His left-footed punt was brilliantly executed.

-- Stopping the run and running the ball.

-- Stanford's longest run was 7 yards.

The Bad:

-- TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins' two pass catches that went for just 10 yards. He was bottled up on the night.

-- Posting just 17 points

The Ugly:

-- UW's offensive line

-- Price's passing efficiency on the game; his pick-six.

-- Sankey's name-game clue.

Last year's top-25 opponents annihilated the Dawgs on the ground. See Table 1 below.

Table 1. Last year's rush defense against top-25 teams bodes ominously for the Dawgs in 2012. Emboldened rows are from this year's defense.

Team

Rank

UW Rushing Defense

Score

Nebraska

24

309

L 38-56

Stanford

7

446

L 21-65

Oregon

4

212

L 17-34

USC

6

252

L 17-40

Baylor

13

482

L 56-67

LSU

3 242 L 41-3

Stanford

8 65 W 17-13

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
SDSU 25 35 222 1 0 134.14 25 35 222 1 0 134.14
LSU 17 36 157 0 1 78.3 42 71 379 1 1 105.83
PSU 14 19 181 3 0 205.81 56 90 560 4 1 126.93
Stanford 19 37 177 1 1 95.05 75 127 737 5 2 117.64

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Stanford 3 3 7 0 13
Washington 3 0 7 7 17


Time Team How Player (s) SU UW
1st qtr          
9:12 SU FG Jordan Williamson 31 yd FG 3 0
2:18 UW FG Travis Coons 43 yd FG 3 3
2nd qtr          
1:10 SU FG Jordan Williamson 28 yd FG 6 3
3rd qtr
2:51 SU TD Trent Murphy 40 yd interception return (Jordan Williamson kick) 13 3
0:00 UW TD Bishop Sankey 61 yd run (Travis Coons kick) 13 10
4th Qtr
4:53 UW TD Kasen Williams 35 yd pass from Keith Price (Travis Coons kick) 13 17

 

Statistics SU UW
Total First Downs 10 13
  Rushing 3  9
  Passing 7 3
  Penalty 0 1
Total Net Yards 235 313
Net Yards Passing 170 177
Net Yards Rushing 65 136
Completions-att-int 18-37-1 19-37-1
Punts, yards, average 9-350; 38.9 9-350; 38.9
Sacks by (number, yards) 3-24 3-15
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 3-96-0 4-76-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 0-0-0 3-27-0
Kickoff Yards 4-253 4-258
Net Yards per kickoff 44.2 34.2
Average yards per kickoff 63.2 64.5
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 0 1
Third-down conversions 5 of 18 4 of 17
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 1-40-1 1-0-0
Penalties, no., Yards 5-30 4-25
Fumbles; number/lost 2-1 0-0
Time of Possession  30:20 29:40

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Josh Nunes; 81.84 18 37 170  0 1
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 95.05 19 37 177 1 1
           
SU Rushing No. yds tds long  
Stepfan Taylor 21 75 0 7  
Kevin Hogan 1 5 0 5  
Ryan Hewitt 2 2 0 2  
Josh Nunes 3 -15 0 0  
Team 1 -2 0 0  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Kendyl Taylor 4 9 0 3  
Dezden Petty 1 2 0 2  
Keith Price 6 -14 0 10  
Bishop Sankey 20 144 1 61  
Team 3 -5 0 0  
           
SU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Zach Ertz 6 106 0 35  
Ty Montgomery 6 39 0 12  
Stepfan Taylor 4 0 0 5  
Levine Toilolo 1 18 0 18  
Ryan Hewitt 1 7 0 7  
                                         
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kasen Williams 10  129 1 35  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 2 10 0 7  
Bishop Sankey 2 9 0 8  
Jaydon Mickens 2 8 0 5  
Kendyl Taylor 1 11 0 11  
DiAndre Campbell 2 10 0 7  
                 
Punting        
SU No. yds avg long IN20
D. Zychlinski 9 350 38.9 51 0
           
Washington          
   
Travis Coons  9 350 38.9 53 3
           
Attendance: 55,945          

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