Stanford vs. Washington
November 3, 2001
The story line for the game:
Stanford's running game vs. a Washington D that most teams have been able to run against.
Washington's passing game vs. a Stanford secondary that has given up a bunch of yards through the air.
Washington clearly won the story line battle. Washington was able to control Stanford's running game and Stanford was not able to stop Washington's passing game.
Stanford drew first blood as they took the opening kick off and converted with a Biselli FG. Washington came right back and scored a TD. In what became a negative theme for Stanford, Washington was able to convert deep in Stanford territory and Stanford wasn't. Stanford responded with their own TD bringing the score to 10-7. At this point Stanford looked like it might be turning the corner on its running game. Alas, it was not the case.
Washington surprised Stanford by going back to the option play. They ripped off huge chunks of yardage as we scrambled to adjust to this new game plan. On the other side of the ball Washington was able to stop the Stanford running attack as no other school has this year. Stanford started the game as one of the best red zone O's in the conference. Washington started the game with one of the worst. Yet, it was Washington that turned out to be the better red zone offense. Stanford kicked two first half FGs while Washington scored 3 TDs. The first half score was 21-13 and it could have been worse.
The first half also took its toll on the health of the Stanford team. Stanford was already missing Fasani, Leonard, Freeman, and Greg Schindler. Kerry Carter left the game with a shoulder injury and Stanford also lost the service of Ryan Fernandez.
The third quarter saw Washington extending its lead to 28-13 and it did not look good. But Stanford responded with a Brian Allen 80 yard TD on the first play of the next series. In what had to be the low point of the game Simba Hodari had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. I did hear that he was able to move his arms and legs. In what became the turning points in the game, Stanford recovered two fumbles and could not convert either of them into points. The first fumble turned into a missed FG by Biselli and the next was a botched snap on a FG attempt. Stanford needed to turn one of these into a TD. The third quarter ended with the score 28-20. At one point in the third quarter Pickett had only completed 10 passes but they were for 241 yards.
The fourth quarter saw Stanford tie the score on a Brian Allen run. The play followed a long pass from Lewis to Wells that left Stanford inside the 10. Stanford went for two and Lewis connected with Teyo. Score tied the score at 28-28. In typical Washington fashion ... the Huskies marched the length of the field to go ahead 35-28 with under 4 minutes to play. On fourth down, Lewis, under heavy pressure, threw a deep pass to Teyo that fell incomplete... game over. Washington scored another TD just to put an exclamation point on the day. Final Score Wasington 42 and Stanford 28
Hats off to Washington. They did what few teams have been able to do to Stanford this year..... they controlled our offense.