Game Analysis - Stanford

Up until tonight, no one outside the Husky program knew what type of a team they had. Now we know that this team won't quit and won't stop trying and ultimately, while they lost 31-28 to Stanford, we learned some things on Saturday night that may help this team get to where they want to be by the end of the season...

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): There were two, but obviously the controversial call on the final pass, a 20-yard completion to Kevin Smith on 4th-and-10 from the Stanford 49, that was initially ruled a catch on the field, was overturned by the replay booth and thus ended the game. On the play, Keith Price eluded a heavy rush and had a Stanford player in his face, hitting Smith along the sideline for what appears to be a huge play.

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): With about six-and-a-half minutes remaining and trailing Stanford by 10 points (31-21), Price dropped back to pass from the Cardinal five yard-line and had his pass tipped by Ben Gardner and, after what seemed like an eternity, it was plucked out of the air by A.J. Tarpley who returned the ball to the 20.

Offensive Player of the Game: Price was a warrior tonight, taking huge hits (some late), running the ball and hitting on 33 of his 48 attempts for 350 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also kept several plays alive with his legs and did his best to keep his team in the game.

Defensive Player of the Game: Travis Feeney had a huge game for the Dawgs. He posted six tackles (four solo), 1.5 tackles-for-loss, a pass breakup and 1.5 sacks and was integral is Washington's ability to keep Kevin Hogan from beating the Huskies with his legs.

Handouts to the Standouts: Princeton Fuimaono had six tackles (all solo) and several nice plays in the open field; Danny Shelton again showed why he is one of the most underrated players in the country by posting four tackles (two solo), but it was the way he anchored against the run that really caused problems for the Cardinal; Shaquille Thompson led the Dawgs with nine tackles (five solo) and played solid defense all night; Marcus Peters had what appeared to be the play of the game when he shed a blocker and tackled Hogan for no gain on 3rd-and-1, forcing Stanford to give the ball back to Washington; Will Shamburger continues to be solid if not spectacular in run-support as he finished with six tackles (four solo) including a big play on a fly sweep to Ty Montgomery where it appeared he had a lot of open field, but was held to just a four-yard gain; Bishop Sankey, after toting the rock a school-record 40 times last week against Arizona, carried the ball 22 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns and also had five receptions for 21 more yards; Kasen Williams had two huge catches late in the game and finished with five receptions for 89 yards on the night; Smith had great numbers -- six receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown to start to the second half -- but he also had a couple of drops as well; Micah Hatchie had a solid night for the most part holding off what is one of the most physically imposing pass-rushes.

Stat of the Week: The Huskies continue to struggle with penalties, finishing the game with 10 for 89 yards, but even more alarming has to be the kickoff coverage units which allowed a 99-yard return by Montgomery to start the game and also gave up two more long returns setting up scores for the Cardinal later in the game as well. On five kickoff returns, Stanford averaged 42.2 yards per attempt and that just cannot continue to be the case. Both stats are reasons UW lost this game.

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