Q4: Total domination (34-17)

Card finish with 40:05 of possession and 72 plays to the Huskies' 45. Total yards 478 to 231 and, what do you know, those folks in Vegas were pretty spot-on with a 16.5-point spread. Christian McCaffrey finishes with 100 yards through the air and on the ground, and when you add in return yardage, 300 all-purpose yards. Next up: a possible College GameDay Halloween night special at Wazzu.

Stanford 31, Washington 7, start fourth quarter

Long completion to start the fourth with Carta-Samuels finding Jaydon Mickens for 24 yards to the Stanford 41. But the Card D stiffens to force third and six… and Carta-Samuels has a wide open man at the four on a wheel route. At least the D should be relatively fresh for this fourth quarter, as the offense has held the ball for 29:55 already. Third and goal now at the seven after two failed Husky plays. But this time, neither Peter Kalambayi nor Dallas Lloyd can quite bring down Carta-Samuels who scrambles, spins, stumbles and falls forward, but does cross the plane.

Stanford 31, Washington 14, 11:36 remaining

McCaffrey might just get that 100/100 after all. He takes a screen for 21 yards to move the chains, after a chop block brought back a nice run. Put him at 112 receiving yards and now eight rushing yards away from the promised statistical land.

David Shaw has his arms in the air begging for a pass interference flag, and he gets the call, with a 10-yard spot foul putting the Cardinal across midfield. McCaffrey for one, then six, to get to 99 rushing yards, but then a false start takes McCaffrey out of the wildcat and brings back in Kevin Hogan for third and eight. Would be really ironic if that whistle prevents McCaffrey from getting his 100.

Bryce Love on the third-down screen, and it's the fourth guy who brings him down. Gain of 16. Then McCaffrey for two to get to 101 on the day – he did it folks! Wonder who the last Stanford player was to do that? Two snaps later, Buddha Baker picks off Hogan, who undershot Michael Rector on a deep corner. Alas for the Huskies, Baker caught the ball at the one.

McCaffrey with five straight 100-yard games, tied for second in school history, and 300 all-purpose yards on the night. Back on the field, Carta-Samuels should have been picked off, but Bobby Okereke couldn't hang on. Terrence Alexander breaks up third down, UW punts, and Stanford should be no worse than No. 9 in the country tomorrow morning, and 5-0 in the Pac-10. At Washington State, at Colorado, and then Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame, and a likely Pac-12 Championship game to close.

Barry J. Sanders runs this one out, and best part of blowouts – no traffic jam exiting the Farm. Crowd's been thinning out for a few quarters now, and it's only the true believers, the students, the families and the band left at this point. They missed the end to a heckuva show, with Stanford doing in the fourth quarter much of what they had all day – throw it to five, hand it off to five, work in the tight ends, let a lights-out defense do its work, and just bludgeon an opponent into oblivion. It's a well-established formula for the Cardinal, and it's one they've mastered to perfection for some six straight games and counting.

Card finish with 40:05 of possession and 72 plays to the Huskies' 45. Total yards 478 to 231 and, what do you know, those folks in Vegas were pretty spot-on with a 16.5-point spread.

Stanford 31, Washington 14, Final


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