by Jerry Feitelberg
AP photo Washington State kicker Eric Powell missing field goal in loss
PALO ALTO–Last Saturday’s win for the Stanford Cardinal (7-1) over the Washington State Cougars (5-3) was an anxiety ridden game for fans of the Cardinal in the two point 30-28 victory at Pullman. The Cardinal trailed the Cougars 15-3 at one point in the contest as they were down by 12. Another point in the game they were down 22-10 and it was getting later and later in the game.
The Cougars defense had bottled up the running game totally and Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey did break through for 110 yards but the Cougars had figured out the Stanford running game. Plus the fact that the weather was not in Stanford’s favor of course the Cougars had to play in the same weather.
The weather didn’t seem to effect the Cougars passing game the Cougar quarterback Luke Falk threw for 35-61 for 354 yards and they were moving the ball down on the Cardinal defense all game long. The Cougars seemed to get field position every time with the expectation that the Cougars could hold the Cardinal and it worked for them the most part.
Jerry Feitelberg has more as he reviews the Cardinal and the Cougars close contest at Pullman last Saturday on the podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com