Huskies run over Stanford

Washington, after six straight weeks of misery in losses to some of the top teams in the county, was finally able to break through with a solid effort on both sides of the ball in their ninth game of the season as RB Louis Rankin had a career-day and the defense held tough helping the Huskies to 27-9 win over Stanford on the road.

Rankin got off to a solid early start and finished the first half with over 100 yards, but it was QB Jake Locker who scored the only touchdown of the first stanza as he took to ball over from 17 yards out giving Washington a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The run capped a 7-play, 98 yard drive that saw Rankin gain 59 yards on five carries.

Rankin fished the day with 255 yards on 36 carries and he also netted a touchdown of his own when he went across from one-yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Huskies comfortably ahead 20-9.

The day was the best by a Pac 10 back on the year so far.

Locker finished the night with what are becoming typical numbers – 16 of 32 passing for 151 yards and one interception while running for 87 yards and two touchdowns, the second one a 10-yard scamper to put the final points on the scoreboard.

For the night, Washington managed to out gain Stanford 539 to 250 on offense. They totaled 31 first downs, ran 96 plays and held the ball for over 38 minutes.

The Husky defense had its best day in weeks as the held what had been a rather productive Stanford offense to only 15 first downs including 113 on the ground and only 137 through the air.

Stanford QB Tavita Pritchard started the game, but was ineffective and head coach Jim Harbaugh pulled the sophomore for senior signal-caller T.C. Ostrander, but he didn't fare much better as he was sacked six times and finished the night with only 124 yards passing.

Cardinal RB Tyrone McGraw managed to gain 89 yards on 11 carries including Stanford's only touchdown of the night, a 1-yard touchdown capping a drive that totaled six plays and covered 57 yards.

While the big plays came from the offense on a regular basis, the play of the game was turned in by the defense.

Rankin, in his only real mistake of the night, was tackled by LB Pannel Egboh and fumbled. Stanford's Levirt Griffin recovered the ball at the Washington one and the Cardinal were threatening to tie the score.

However, on first-and-goal, RB Corey Gatewood was stood up by LB Trenton Tuiasosopo and then was stripped by CB Byron Davenport and Washington recovered at their own two and Washington was able to drive to the Stanford 31 yard line, but K Jared Ballman missed from 49 yards out and the teams went into the half with Washington leading 10-3.

Washington's defense was led by the six tackles and one sack of LB E.J. Savannah. As a team the Huskies managed to net seven sacks including two sacks by both DT Jordan Reffett and DE Greyson Gunheim while DT Wilson Afoa and LB Mason Foster Savannah each added one as well.

The Huskies now climb to 3-6 overall and 1-5 within the conference and will now prepare to face a tough Oregon State squad on the road next week.


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