Washington punishes Stanford 40-22

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) tries to bet a pass away while under pressure by the Washington Huskies Daniel Heimuli (right) at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Sat Sep 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

Washington Punishes Stanford 40-22

By Barbara Mason

Saturday evening the Stanford Cardinal (1-2) took on the Washington Huskies (4-0). The Huskies are coming off an impressive win over Michigan State and were looking to go 4-0 against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a bye week and tried to win their first Pac-12 contest this season. Stanford lost their Pac-12 opener to USC.

The Cardinal have struggled the past few seasons and they were looking for quarterback Tanner McKee to provide some explosive offense and unfortunately for Stanford they will be missing running back E.J. Smith to injury. Casey Filkins will step in to the starting running back position in the absence of Smith.

The Huskies presented a real challenge in this game. Washington came in the game third in the nation in passing success and are 17th in finishing drives. They are succeeded through the air. Their offense is electric but their defense struggles at times. As Washington came away with that successful victory 40-22 at Husky Stadium in Seattle to hand Stanford it’s second straight loss.

Game recap: The Huskies got up on the board in the first quarter. Will Nixon scampered for three yards and a touchdown leading early 7-0. Stanford was conducting a nice drive deep into Husky territory when a Tanner McKee pass was intercepted on the Washington 17.

The Huskies were unable to convert the interception into seven points but Peyton Henry kicked a 35 yd field goal extending their lead to 10-0 early in the second quarter. The Washington defense came to play sacking McKee six times, number six coming at 9:08 in the quarter.

Stanford’s offensive woes continued in the second quarter when Tanner McKee fumbled at 6:45 recovered by Stanf Faatui Tuitele. The Huskies Wayne Taulapapa would convert that recovery into a touchdown rushing for 34 yards and Washington had 10 points off those two turnovers. The Huskies led 17-0.

Stanford finally got something going driving into Husky territory with five minutes left in the first half. Tanner McKee got this offense moving in the right direction. McKee found Michael Wilson for 23 yards and a Cardinal touchdown; Stanford finally up on the board 17-7.

With 30 seconds left in the half the Cardinal were pinned deep in Oregon territory and very nearly gave up a safety operating from the 3 yard line. McKee was able to avoid the safety but had to leave the game with an ankle issue. It had been a rocky first half for Stanford.

In the third quarter Washington began to pull away. Henry kicked a 47 yard field goal early in the quarter and Husky quarterback Michael Penix Jr, completed a 30 yd pass to Rome Odunze extending their lead 27-7.

Stanford had a nice drive going in the third but failed to convert a 4th and 1 and the Huskies were back in business. Washington kicked a 32 yard field goal and the Huskies were putting this game away 30-7.

Stanford was able to score in the fourth quarter. McKee found John Humphrys for 17 yards, the touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. Washington led 30-15 with 13:58 left in the game.

Stanford had only been able to stop the Huskies once in this game. Washington’s Henry kicked another field goal this one a 26 yard field goal and the Cardinals now trailed 33-15. It was now a three possession game.

Tanner McKee fumbled with 10:45 left in the final quarter and Stanford had their third turnover in this game. The Huskies took that turnover to an eventual touchdown putting this game out of Stanford’s reach. Penix Jr. completed a 21 yard pass to Giles Jackson for a 40-15 Washington lead.

A McKee pass to Michael Wilson for 78 yards and a touchdown was Stanford’s last hurrah, too little too late. The final was 40-22.

McKee finished with 3 touchdowns and 286 passing yards. Michael Wilson had 176 receiving yards and Casey Filkins had 100 rushing yards.

The Huskies punished Stanford quarterback McKee with eight sacks in this game and the Cardinal were outplayed offensively and defensively. The Huskies kept their perfect record intact while Stanford dropped to1-2. Stanford takes on another very touch opponent next Saturday, #15th ranked Oregon. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM.

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