Dawgs fall again

<b>Palo Alto, CA</b> – The Stanford Cardinal scored on drives of 92 and 93 yards and rolled up 456 yards of total offense en route to a 27 - 13 win over Washington this afternoon. J.R. Lemon rushed for 162 yards and three scores, including long runs of 58 and 54 yards.

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  • Stanford Quarterback Trent Edwards was intercepted 3 times, but the Huskies couldn't take advantage of the charity. It was the first time Stanford has defeated Washington since 1994, and the Huskies drop to 0-4 for just the third time in school history.

    Carl Bonnell started the game at quarterback for Washington and was just 9 of 25 for 118 yards and was intercepted once with no touchdowns. He didn't get much help from his receivers, however, and was sacked twice. The Huskies were held to 307 total yards of offense.

    Edwards, despite throwing three picks, finished 23 of 35 for 254 yards.
    1st quarter wrap: Stanford 14, Washington 0 - Stanford struck first, taking the ball from their own 7-yard line and ramming it down the Huskies' throats. On the 13th play of the drive, Edwards hit Lemon with a backwards pass and he took it in from three-yards out. The Cardinal overcame two holding penalties in punching it in.

    Washington avoided trouble on the Cardinal's first drive when Dashon Goldson stepped in front of an Edwards pass for an interception at the Husky 12-yard line. However it would matter little, as on the final play of the first quarter, Lemon took a handoff, went off-tackle and bounced it outside and through the Husky defense for a 58-yard touchdown.

    Washington had difficulty picking up anything on the ground, as Kenny James, Shelton Sampson, and Carl Bonnell were absolutely stonewalled. Bonnell, making his first career start, could've used more help in getting out of the gates. He used his legs to scramble away from pressure to connect with Quintin Daniels for a 12-yard gain that moved the chains on third down, but that was about it for offense in the first stanza.
    2nd quarter wrap: Stanford 14, Washington 7 - Sam Cunningham came up with an interception to keep it clos, however.

    The Huskies would turn it over on downs when Kenny James was tackled in the backfield on fourth and inches and Stanford took over in Washington territory. The Cardinal returned the favor, going for it on fourth and six and not converting.

    The Husky ground game finally kicked in, as James picked up some badly needed rushing yards. As a result, the play-action was effective and Carl Bonnell found TE Jon Lyon for a big play down to the Stanford 15-yard line. James would score from one yard out to put the Dawgs on the board, capping a 64-yard drive on 12 plays.

    The Husky defense stood strong, stopping two fourth-down conversion attempts by the Stanford offense.

    In the final minute, the Husky defense gave up yet another long J.R. Lemon, as he bolted 54-yards all the way to the Husky 25-yard line, with Scott White saving the touchdown. The Cardinal ran out of time, however.
    3rd Quarter wrap: Stanford 27, Washington 7 - On Stanford's initial drive, Trent Edwards found Mark Bradford behind Sam Cunningham for a 44-yard gain, putting the ball on the Husky 12. However, Cunningham would get his revenge one play later, as he stepped in front of an Edwards pass and made his second interception of the game, returning it all the way from the goal line to the 37-yard line.

    Washington allowed Kenneth Tolan to break multiple tackles en route to a 44-yard gallop down to the Husky 1 yard line. JR Lemon's 1-yard touchdown capped the 92-yard drive, and the long running play once again victimized the Dawgs.

    The Cardinal put the game out of reach with yet another Husky special teams mistake. Harrison came through and blocked Douglas' punt and Nick Sanchez picked up the ball and scooted into the end zone from 11 yards out to put Stanford on top by three scores.
    4th quarter wrap: Stanford 27, Washington 13 - After Carl Bonnell threw an interception, Casey Paus came into the game. Paus was able to lead the Huskies to an 80-yard scoring drive, the final 28 coming on a connection to Sonny Shackelford, who went high to make the catch in the end zone with 4:45 remaining. Michael Braunstein missed the extra point.

    The on-sides kick was recovered by Stanford and the Cardinal went to their bench to run the clock out.
    Game notes and quotes will be coming from Palo Alto later this evening.

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