Game Analysis - Stanford

A closer look at what went right and what went wrong in Washington's 17-13 upset win over #8 Stanford at Century Link Field on Thursday night...

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): With Washington trailing 13-10 and facing 3rd-and-2 from Stanford's 35 yard line, Keith Price raised up and threw a quick hitter to Kasen Williams on the Husky sideline, Williams made one man miss, bobbled the ball momentarily and then outraced a Cardinal safety to the endzone for the go-ahead score with 4:53 left in the game. The touchdown was the first points Washington has scored in the fourth quarter all season and the first points allowed by Stanford's outstanding defense in the stanza as well.


Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): It could be argued that Bishop Sankey's 61-yard scamper was a game-changer as it was what gave Washington hope after falling behind 13-3 when Stanford DL Trent Murphy picked off a pass and took it back 49 yards to put the Cardinal up 10 late in the third quarter. On the ensuing drive, Sankey, a sophomore from Spokane, Wa., got the call when the Huskies were facing 4th-and-1 at their own 39. As time wound down to the end of the third quarter, Price took the snap with a second left on the game clock, and Sankey made two defenders miss and raced untouched into the endzone.


Offensive Player of the Game: Sankey's first carry of the game went for a loss of four, but his final 19 totaled 148 yards including the 61-yarder that resulted in Washington's first touchdown of the game.


Defensive Player of the Game: Tough not to give it to the entire unit as they played an unbelievable game, but with 10 tackles and one of Washington's two sacks, LB Thomas Tutogi has to get the nod.


Key Stat: Last year, Stanford rushed for 446 yards and Stepfan Taylor had 138 of those on just 10 carries, but on Thursday night at Century Link Field, the Huskies held the Cardinal to just 65 yards on the ground and Taylor managed just 75 yards on 21 carries – a 3.6 yard average – and no touchdowns. Another stat worth looking at is Stanford was just 5 of 18 on third down.


Handouts to the standouts: While the players got it done on the field, you have to give the biggest kudos to the Husky defensive coaches, especially Justin Wilcox, who put their players in the position to win and their players executed the game-plan perfectly; John Timu, constantly dogged by poor tackling in his year and a half at Washington, was outstanding posting six tackles and one of Washington's two sacks on the night; Shaquille Thompson, aside from one busted coverage, was all over the place and right on his coverage responsibilities posting seven tackles and a tackle-for-loss; Sean Parker had five tackles and a forced fumble, but it was his hit in the third-quarter on Taylor on a screen pass that really set the tone for the rest of the half; Up until his go-ahead touchdown, it could be argued that this was one of Kasen Williams' worst games. He had dropped passes and penalties that stalled drives, however, he finished with a career-high 10 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown; Keith Price was blitzed and battered all night, but still managed to pull together at least a decent stat-sheet, completing 19 of his 37 attempts for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception.


Needs work: Is it even up for debate? The offensive line had one of their worst nights ever trying to block some very good players along that Stanford defensive line, most of whom will be playing on Sundays very soon. Hurting matters is the fact that Huskies are playing only one upper-classmen (Drew Schaefer) and his linemates aren't only inexperienced, they are also very, very young. Husky OL coach Dan Cozzetto has his work cut out for him over the next few weeks as the Dawgs will face talented defenses from Oregon and USC.

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