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Game Analysis - UW/Stanford

Here's a look at what went right, what went wrong and what needs work as Washington manhandled Stanford 44-6 at Husky Stadium to get to 5-0 on the season...

Turning Point/Play of the Game: With Washington leading 23-0 to start the second half, Stanford came out and forced the Huskies to go three-and-out at the Husky 28. Tristan Vizcaino hit a 38-yard punt, but it was short enough that Christian McCaffrey was unable to get to it, but it did wind up hitting the back of Stanford's Frank Buncom. After a pile up, Lavon Coleman emerged with the ball and the Huskies went on to score five plays later to put the Huskies up 30-0 and essentially ended the game.

Offensive Player of the Game: We're giving the game ball to the Husky offensive line which paved the way for 215 yards rushing against one of the best run defenses in the country while also allowing no sacks and generally keeping the Stanford pass rush at bay. Trey Adams had his best game of the season while Shane Brostek and Jake Eldrenkamp really held their own against one of the top defensive linemen in the country in Solomon Thomas.

Defensive Player of the Game: This one was a tough decision, so we went with a co-defensive MVP as both Psalm Wooching (6 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble) and Joe Mathis (4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss) both had career games.

Handouts to the standouts: Azeem Victor led the way with 11 tackles on the night; Keishawn Bierria had eight tackles on the night; Elijah Qualls had five tackles on the night, but he created a ton of problems up front for Stanford with his quickness and strength; Connor O'Brien got the start and finished with three tackles and a sack on the night; Vita Vea racked up three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble; Jake Browning was solid as he completed 15 of his 21 attempts for 210 yards and three touchdowns; Myles Gaskin had 100 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries; Coleman totaled 74 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries; John Ross III had four receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half; Dante Pettis finished with four receptions for 60 yards.

Stat of the game: Washington held Stanford, a team averaging 205 yards on the ground per game, to just 29 yards and that put Stanford it plenty of third and longs. 

Needs work: There were just too many missed tackles in the third and fourth quarter. Sure, the game was in hand, but you know the Husky coaches weren't happy with the missed tackles they saw.

Bottom Line: National pundits have been leery of Washington, not really ready to heap accolades on them, but with this win, the Huskies have definitely put themselves onto the national stage. While this was a huge win and you can't take that away from them, they need to stay focused and be just as "up" for their game at Oregon next weekend. At 5-0, this team is at a level where they haven't been in decades and they have a chance to continue to momentum after a massive win at Husky Stadium on Friday night.

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