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Washington Huskies Beat Stanford Cardinal 44-6

It was all Washington as Chris Petersen led the Huskies back onto the national stage with a 44-6 dismantling of #7 Stanford.


That's the best word to describe Washington's 44-6 pasting of Stanford Friday night in front of 72,027 roaring fans at Husky Stadium.  It was a picture-perfect destruction of the Cardinal, who were out run, out hit, out executed, and left to limp out with no control of their fate in the Pac-12 North.  The Huskies dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and their skill players, led by tailbacks Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman and wide receivers John Ross and Chico McClatcher, simply outclassed the Cardinal in a rout conducted with precision and efficiency from quarterback Jake Browning. 

You want numbers?  Stanford rushed for 29 yards on 30 carries. Washington rushed for 214.  The Huskies sacked Cardinal quarterbacks Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst eight times.  Burns completed 15-22 passes, but was under constant siege and did not look comfortable at all in the pocket. Stanford did not record a sack, and amassed 100 yards in penalties on a night in which the team's identity was totally and unquestionably seized by the Huskies. 

Washington went touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown in the first half, while Stanford answered with punt, punt, turnover on downs, punt, punt to open the game.  The second half was not much better as Stanford fumbled on its first two possessions.  The Cardinal managed to avoid the shutout thanks to a 19-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside from Burns. Other than that, it was pure carnage.  

Both Cardinal tackles struggled mightily against UW's powerful front four.  Casey Tucker left with an undisclosed injury and A.T. Hall was blown up and blown by repeatedly by Husky rushers. Christian McCaffrey could muster only 79 yards from scrimmage behind a line who looks to be in a state of utter disrepair. 

Stanford is still 3-1, but the gap between that record and Washington's 5-0 seemed significantly more than one game in the loss column on this crisp Seattle evening. 

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