Rich Alexis took a draw up the middle for 53 yards for the TD score in the first quarter. The 53-yard run was the longest run from scrimmage this year. That play seemed to have ignited a spark in the offense and brought the noise back to Husky Stadium. Washington racked up 126 yards in the first half, led by Alexis with 95 first half yards.
Alexis got the majority of the carries in the second half. When it was over, Alexis finished with 24 carries and 128 yards and one touchdown. Kenny James and Shelton Sampson both had two carries for 11 and 10 yards, respectively. As a team, Washington ran the ball for 165 yards with 4.1 yards per carry. After four games, the Huskies are more than halfway towards their total rushing yards last season.
2002 total: +1 2003 to date: EVEN
Fumbles were once again the story of the day as Cody Pickett lost two fumbles in a sea of white jerseys the first half. But it could have been a lot worse. Washington fumbled the ball five times today but recovered three. Luckily, Stanford did not come away with anything as they failed to capitalize on their steals and wound up punting the ball both times.
Both of Washington's takeaways came in the fourth quarter via interceptions. Derrick Johnson's interception for a TD was crucial because it was the nail in the coffin for Stanford. Jimmy Newell had an interception as well for the second straight game.
2002: Opponents converted 40% of their third-down attempts.
2003 to date: Opponents have converted 37.8% of their third-down attempts.
On "third-and-long" (6 yards or more), the number of big plays given up are:
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It seemed to get better for Washington in the second quarter with a couple of big stops. However on third-and-16, Edwards, who had all day and night to throw, found WR Luke Powell for 20 yards to keep the drive alive. Once again, the Cardinal took advantage of the huge conversion to score another TD and tie the game at 14.
Overall, Stanford converted 6-of-17 third-down conversions (35%) on the day.
*Big Stops – With Stanford eating up chunks of yardage and facing a crucial third-and-one, a blitzing Greg Carothers batted down Edwards' pass to stop the drive and force the Cardinal to punt away. Stanford looked to score a touchdown on their opening drive of the second half and it looked as if they would. A couple of penalties gave the Cardinal seven chances to score from six yards out but the Huskies defense came up big and held Stanford to a field goal.
No Place Like Home: Washington's win over Stanford marked the Huskies' 11th straight win over the Cardinal at Husky Stadium. The last time Stanford won in Seattle was in 1975. The Huskies have won 20 of the last 22 overall against the Cardinal.
In the Crowd: A number of recruits and former Husky players attended the game. Recruits included Matt Tuiasosopo, Keauntea Bankhead, Tyler Ashby, Pat Cowan (former Husky quarterback Tim Cowan's son), Walt Winter, Matt Coombs, and Jake Paulson out of Lakeridge High in Oregon. Former players in the crowd included Wes Call, Elliott Zajac, Paul Arnold, Spencer Marona, Kyle Benn, Chad Ward, Pat Reddick, Jafar Williams, Houdini Jackson, and Braxton Cleman. Scouts from the Bills, Colts and Dolphins also were checking out the action.
Cooptain: Senior middle linebacker Marquis Cooper was named honorary game captain, joining captains Terry Johnson, Greg Carothers, and Cody Pickett for the coin toss at midfield prior to the game.
Ballew sees Green: Second-year walk-on Scott Ballew saw his first action on the kickoff return team, joining Roc Alexander as one of the two deep men. He was back for every kickoff in the game, but never got a chance for a return.
Running to Daylight: Rich Alexis' 53 yard touchdown run late in the first quarter was the longest Husky run since a 59-yarder by Alexis at Michigan last year. It was the longest scoring run since a 65-yarder by Willie Hurst versus Arizona in 2000.
Back-to-Back: Alexis followed up his 116-yard game versus Idaho last week with 128 yards against Stanford on Saturday. It marked the first time that he had rushed for back-to-back 100-yard games since the final two games of the 2000 regular season. A freshman then, Alexis went for 127 yards against UCLA and 134 against Washington State. Washington has never lost a game in which Alexis has run for 100 yards or more, a feat that has happened eight times.
Go Long: Cody Pickett's 74-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Williams in the second quarter was the Huskies' longest pass of the season, and Pickett's eighth pass of at least 70 yards in his Washington career. How incredible is this stat? No other quarterback in UW history has thrown more than two passes of 70 yards. Of the eight Pickett has thrown, five have gone to Williams.
Unstoppable Reggie: The 138 receiving yards by Reggie Williams Saturday put him over 100 yards in a game for the 12th time in his Husky career. Williams' two touchdowns give him 18 for his career. Only four games into his junior season, Williams moved past Shaun McDonald and Keyshawn Johnson Saturday for eighth place on the Pac-10's all-time career receiving yards list. He now is at 2,904 career yards, a new record for Pac-10 receivers who have played in only three seasons.
The Streak Stops Here: Stanford freshman quarterback Trent Edwards completed his high school career with a 26-0 record, and won the first two games of his college career with the Cardinal. That streak stopped today, thanks to a fired up Husky defense that limited Edwards to 16-32 passing with two interceptions.
Running Wild: Stanford entered the game leading the nation in rushing defense, having given up an average of two yards per game in victories over San Jose St. and BYU. The Huskies ruined that average Saturday, going for 165 yards on the ground. By the end of the first quarter alone, Washington had racked up 92.