No. 8-ranked Cardinal hold off Oregon State

By Daniel Dullum

No. 8-ranked Stanford traveled to Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon State, holding off a late Beavers scare to emerge with a 20-12 Pac-12 football victory.

Tyler Gaffney carried the ball 22 times for 145 yards and all three Cardinal touchdowns on runs of 4, 9 and 32 yards. Stanford improved to 7-1 overall, 5-1 in the conference, while OSU slipped to 6-2 overall, 4-1 Pac-12.

Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan completed 8 of 18 passes for 88 yards, as Stanford totaled just 276 yards on offense. At the same time, the Cardinal defense held the Beavers to 288 total yards, well below the OSU season average of 515 yards per game.

Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion, who leads the nation in passing yards and touchdown passes, completed 41 of 57 for 271 yards and one TD.

Stanford held a 20-9 lead with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter. After Trevor Romaine booted a 39-yard field goal with 3:57 to pull the Beavers to within 20-12, OSU drove to the Cardinal 7 with 30 seconds remaining. Four straight incompletions ended the drive, and the Beavers’ six-game winning streak.

The Cardinal defense stopped the Beavers on downs four times inside the Stanford 35 yard line, and sacked Mannion eight times.

Earlier, Romaine gave OSU a 3-0 lead in the second quarter with a career-long 50-yard field goal.

Next week, the Cardinal return home to host No. 2 Oregon.

Michelle Richardson on the NCAA

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by Michelle Richardson

 Stanford 24 UCLA 10: Stanford they want to be the best that the Pac 12 has to offer and right now it looks like with the exception of Oregon they maybe that team. It’s going to be a tough battle in the Pac 12 and the best talent is in the north. You have Oregon, Stanford, and Washington all lined up to get into the Pac 12 championship which most likely they’ll play UCLA.

UCLA or Arizona State I would put my money on UCLA but wow Stanford really played a vicious game on Saturday with 23 first downs and they converted nine of 17 third downs, total rushing yards 419. Stanford’s defense really held they only had one interception but they had a turnover as well. They really put the brakes on that defense.

That defense was playing they knew that UCLA had a an air it out kind of a game, UCLA doesn’t do a lot of ground and pound they like to throw the ball and UCLA’s defensive back and the defensive line really kept UCLA in check. It’s really hard to explain just how well Stanford played and they played well on both sides of the football.

Mississippi 27 LSU 24: This game didn’t come down to a field goal it came down to a lot of things but I will say this this was a dog fight this was a game that was really in the trenches. They really held LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger to 19-33 for 274 yards and one touchdown. Mettenberger turned over the ball three times you just really can’t do that against a up and comer like Mississippi.

The way the defense played for Mississippi they really took Mettenberger off his game, they got to him with frequency and they got to him with ease and they really covered their receivers very well. At the end of it I love the fact that LSU head coach Les Miles was man enough to say that he did not compare his team well enough to play that one.

Most coaches will blame the players, they’ll blame the coordinators Miles said “that one was on me, I did not prepare them” he basically said he did not prepare his coaches correctly and there are many things he could have done to change the situation in that game and he didn’t blame his players and I really want to commend him for that.

State of Grambling State: Last Saturday the Grambling State players boycotted the game at Jackson State University. They were boycotting the facilities, they were boycotting the inadequate facilities. I’ve been listening to a lot of people and I have to side with the players. They have mildew where the players are lifting weights and there are big chunks of the floor where there is no matting plus the team was taking 20 hour bus rides for their road trips.

You have benches that are tore open, you have mold and mildew on your football pads. This is not safe and this is not healthy. I was listening to sportscaster Lou Holtz and he was saying “your just have to play the game” my response is Lou I’m sorry sir without being disrespectful to you I don’t know what game you’ve been thinking about.

Holtz would never allow his players to play in a facility like that. I’m tired of people evoking the name of the former legendary head coach of Grambling Eddie Robinson. Players do not disrespect coach Robinson’s memory by evoking it for this cluster of ignorant and negligence towards the students. Grambling president Frank Pouge he said on ESPN he didn’t know about mold in the facilities and the floor was torn up.

How are you president of Grambling and you don’t know the state of your facilities and then when asked about it you throw your staff underneath the bus. I’m sorry sir you are the president and CEO of Grambling State you should know.

Michelle Richardson does commentary on the NCAA each week

No. 13 Stanford Bounces Back from Loss at Utah, Knocks Off No.9 UCLA

By Matthew Harrington

STANFORD, CALIFORNIA – They are forward thinkers down on The Farm. Mere minutes after the no. 13 ranked Stanford Cardinal (6-1, 4-1 PAC-12) upended visiting PAC-12 rival no. 9 UCLA’s bid at an undefeated season with a 24-10 victory Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium, coach David Shaw and company already were thinking about next week’s match-up at Oregon State. More importantly, they had put last week’s defeat against underdog Utah, one that may have put Stanford’s BCS title game hopes on hold until next season, in their rear-view.

“It was the last thing on my mind,” said Shaw of the 27-21 loss at Utah. “Guys wanted to bounce back. They wanted to turn the page and move on. My advice that I gave them was to bring last week with you. Last week we got outplayed. We just got beat, flat out beaten by a good football team. This week we had to come back. We knew it was not going to be any easier and our guys played extremely hard all game long.”

In the rematch of last season’s PAC-12 championship( A 27-24 Cardinal victory), Stanford did something every other UCLA opponent found especially hard to do in the third quarter this season, scoring on the baby blue and gold, not once, but twice. UCLA (5-1, 2-1 PAC-12)entered Saturday’s contest with a 71-0 scoring differential in the third frame, but a pair of Cardinal touchdowns put a blemish on the Bruins streak and proved to be the difference maker after a low-scoring first half.

“We talked a lot about the third quarter,” said Shaw. “We talked about the adjustments we’d have to make on defense. We talked about saving some calls for the second half we didn’t show in the first half. Offensively, we made it a point to get on the board, be smart, be efficient and get down there and get points.”

With only a field goal apiece halfway into the third, it appeared Shaw and staff may have been burned on their gamble to shrink the playbook in the first half. Then Kodi Whitfield submitted his bid for catch of the year to turn the tide in Stanford’s favor 10-3. Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan lobbed a pass on 2nd down and 18 from the UCLA 30 yard line that the sophomore wide receiver had to fully commit to in order to make the catch. He did so, elevating himself over safety Anthony Jefferson and corner Ishmael Adams while corralling the ball with his extended right hand before pulling it in to his body in the end zone.

“Unbelievable,” said Hogan, who was 18-25 with 227 passing yards and two touchdowns. “He just went up and made a play. I can’t wait to see it on Sportscenter.”

The Cardinal wasn’t finished yet. Three plays in to the ensuing Bruins drive, Stanford safety Jordan Richards would intercept an errant Brett Hundley pass from the UCLA 27-yard line and take it to the end zone for an apparent touchdown. The officials would ultimately rule holding on the play, bringing the ball back to the spot of the interception at the UCLA 40 yard line. Stanford would however maintain possession on Richards’ first of two interceptions on the day

It was one of many examples of Stanford’s ability to neutralize UCLA’s star quarterback, as the Cardinal limited Hundley to just 192 yards passing on 24 of 39 completions and 27 yards on the ground one week after he torched Cal for 428 yards of total offense.

“The biggest thing was just working together,” said linebacker Trent Murphy. “We wanted to keep him in the box. Unfortunately he got out on us a couple times, but that’s going to happen. He holds the key to their offense. The key is us all hunting together, keeping it in the box and putting pressure on them. It was definitely a team win for us.”

Stanford would make the most of the offensive possession gained, marching down the field for 39 yards on six plays before Tyler Gaffney would punch home a one-yard touchdown, ultimately the game winner, on third down to give Stanford a 17-3 lead with 3:33 left in the quarter. Gaffney, a workhorse for the Cardinal on Saturday, would finish the game with 171 rushing yards on 36 carries and tack on the backbreaker on a four-yard touchdown run, his second on the day, with 1:42 left to play. Hundley and Shaquelle Evans would connect on the Bruins lone touchdown, a 3-yard touchdown strike four seconds in to the fourth quarter to make the score 17-10 in favor of the home team.

Connor Ukropina, hailing from Bruins territory in Pasadena, CA, provided all of the scoring in the first half. The sophomore, starting in place of the injured Cardinal kicker Jordan Williamson, kicked a 31-yard field goal, splitting the uprights for his first collegiate field goal with 1:08 remaining in the first quarter. He would miss a 46 yard attempt later in the contest, but would be a perfect three for three in extra point attempts. His counterpart Ka’imi Fairbarn connected on a 38-yarder for UCLA nearly five minutes in to the third quarter, knotting the score at 3-3.
“Jordan kicked yesterday,” said Shaw. “He kicked Friday and actually kicked pretty well and got a little sore so we thought the smartest thing to do would be to rest him, get his treatment through the weekend. There is a chance for next week. The way it looks right now, definitely for Oregon (in two weeks).

The Cardinal was on its way to expanding their first-half lead, but Ishmael Adams wrestled a Hogan pass from the hands of a prone Cardinal receiver. After a conference of the officials, the play was upheld. Adams was assessed an unsportsman-like conduct penalty for his celebration, but the Bruins still took over at their own 3-yard line. Hundley would take a knee to run out the clock on an otherwise uneventful first half. The Cardinal defense held UCLA to only 84 yards of total offense in the first half, including limiting Hundley to only 37 yards on five completions in a scant 10 attempts.

Stanford received a scare when wide receiver Devon Cajuste, led the Cardinal receiving corps with 109 yards on seven catches, couldn’t get back to his feet after he was downed early in the fourth quarter. He eventually would be helped off the field while favoring his right leg and would not return to game action.

“It wasn’t as bad as originally thought,” said Shaw on the injury. “There will be MRIs and X-rays and all. It’s tough to see if he’s going to be out for any length of time or if he’s going to be back up and ready to play. It was good to see him at the end. He took the ice off, didn’t have the knee brace on and walked back into the locker room with a smile on his face. I’m not if part of that is because we won but he told me it doesn’t hurt so we’ll check him out and make sure we do the right thing.”

For now, the right thing for the Cardinal is to keep thinking about the upcoming week and the upcoming match-up in Corvallis against Oregon State, as they continue their quest to capture their second-straight PAC-12 title.

“We’re just looking to go 1-0 every week,” said Murphy. “Our focus will be on the Beavers this week. If we can go 1-0 this week, we’ll be in good position and end up where we want to be when it’s all said and done.”

Preview of Stanford vs UCLA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Preview of UCLA vs. Stanford

The Stanford Cardinal (5-0,3-1Pac12) ranked 13th nationally after losing to the University of Utah last Saturday will be meeting the 9th ranked UCLA Bruins(5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) at Stanford Stadium at 12:30pm. The Cardinal, still smarting from their loss to the unranked University of Utah Utes will be

looking to get back on the winning track again but the Bruins are loaded and will be gunning to avenge the two losses they sustained last year against Stanford.

The Bruins are coming off a big win last week in Pasadena as they trounced the California Bears 37-10.

The Bruin offense is led by Sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley. Hundley threw for 410 yards last week and that was the third most ever by a UCLA quarterback. So far this year, Hundley has completed 109 passes for 1469 yards and 12 touchdowns. His main receivers are Shaquelle Evans and Devin Fuller. Evans has caught 20 passes for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns while Fuller has 22 receptions good for 165 yards and two Tds. The Bruins main rushing threat is Jordon Jones who has rushed for 469 yards this year averaging 6.3 yards per card and he has scored five touchdowns.

The Bruin defense is led by All-American Linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr is a monster on the field and loves to sack the quarterback. Other players of note on defense are senior defensive end Keenan Graham and Freshman Eddie Vanderdoes. Myles Jack is a monster-in -training at linebacker.

The weakness of the Bruin defense was expected to be the secondary but they had a six-interception game at Utah and they are feeling very good about themselves.

Stanford ‘s offense is led by quarterback Kevin Hogan. Hogan has completed 82 passes this year good for 1178 yards and has 12 touchdowns to his credit. He has been intercepted 4 times. Running back Tyler Gaffney has rushed for 570 yards and has scored seven touchdowns. Hogan’s main receiving targets are Ty Montgomery who had 31 receptions good for 514 yards and five scores and Devon Cajuste has made 14 catches for 268 yards and four touchdowns.

The Stanford defense was a little banged up last week against Utah. Nose Tackle David Parry was injured. Parry started the game but was ineffective. The Cardinal gave up 181 yards rushing as a result.

The Cardinal will need A.J.Tarpley, Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy to be on the top of their game in order to stop the high-powered UCLA offense.

Should be a great game between two old rivals. UCLA leads the series 45-36-3. The Bruins have won six of the last twelve meetings but the Cardinal has won the last five.

The Cardinal’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as the play Oregon State at Corvallis on October 26th and then meet the powerful Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 7th.

Michelle Richardson on the NCAA

by Michelle Richardson

Texas 36 Oklahoma 20: These kids from Texas are literally playing for Texas head coach Mack Brown’s job and I still don’t see him being there after this year but right now that’s what their playing for, these kids are playing for Brown. There’s grumblings within the university of Longhorn nation that he is overstaying his welcome and he’s one among the senior college coaches in the nation.

He’s been with U.T. about 16 years so there’s rumblings within from alumni like Earl Campbell that maybe it’s time to have a new leader at the helm. The Red River rivalry is alive and well and the University of Texas took on the Gold Hat. They proved to be the better team Saturday and both teams had interceptions Oklahoma had two interceptions.

In those total yards the efficiency that Texas was just way more efficient with first and third downs the Longhorns converted 13-23 downs when Oklahoma converted only two of 13. You got to convert third downs into first downs. It’s kind of important to keep the ball a little bit. On passing yards there were 109 yards for Texas, rushing yards 255 yards, so Texas was doing it on the ground and in the air.

Missouri 41 Georgia 26: Missouri played like a team possessed and they really didn’t believe the hype from U.G. and they were not thrown by playing them and they were not intimidated and they went in there and they smacked Georgia around. They just smacked those guys around for Georgia they had two fumbles, two interceptions.

That is so unlike Georgia and you have the Georgia quarterback and he’s playing without a lot of weapons and half of his players are injured, running back Todd Gurley is injured and head coach Mark Richt is playing with a lack of weapons. When you start losing key players in your offense it does take control and on Saturday it showed.

It’s not because of all these Georgia players injured is the reason why Missouri won, Missouri went in there and played, Missouri went in there and just controlled that game from the Bulldogs. Missouri played really well on both sides of the ball. Total first downs yards went to Missouri quarterback James Franklin for passing yards at 170 yards and had 12 rushing yards and for Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray he threw for 25-45 for 290 yards, and three touchdowns but lost the game.

Utah 27 Stanford 21: People think just because Utah came out from the Mountain West conference they were a less team. Utah has been showing people that Utah is for real and Utah has had a lot of players who chose not to play in the Pac 12 conference that were recruited by a Pac 12 team. You have a lot of players who played with or on the side a lot of the talent that’s in the Pac 12.

Utah is in it to win it, and as far as expansion it happened to the two teams that were absorbed into the Pac 12 Colorado and Utah. Utah was definitely in the top ten and that’s what they really wanted. The Utes went in there and they were at home and they beat a undefeated Cardinal team. The Utes had 21 first downs in the game, they converted third downs, although they had only one interception Stanford had two but it was a pretty even game.

It was a game of who wanted it more and the Utes wanted it more and the good thing it wasn’t a blow out that’s the thing I love about this game that it wasn’t a blow out it was a hard fought game with Utah quarterback Travis Wilson going 23-24 for 234 yards, and two touchdowns and for Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan 15-27 for 246 yards and one touchdown.

Michelle Richardson does commentary on the NCAA each week for Sportstalk Radio

Stanford vs. Utah Preview

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Stanford Cardinal (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) meets the University of Utah Utes (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12)

on Saturday October 12th at 3pm PT at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Saturday’s game marks the first time that Stanford will play Utah as a Pac-12 opponent. This will be the sixth meeting of the teams in a series that dates back to 1902. Stanford leads 3-2 so far. The last meeting was in 1996 and Stanford came up on the short end of the score losing 17-10.

The Cardinal is still ranked #5 nationally and has the second best winning streak (13 games) behind Ohio State’s 18 consecutive wins with schools in the FBS program.

Stanford narrowly edged Washington last week while Utah lost to #11 ranked UCLA. UCLA and

Stanford meet next week at Stanford. The Utes are coached by Kyle Whittingham and is in his ninth season as head coach and has a record of 74-43. The Utes offense is led by quarterback Travis Wilson.

Wilson was 22-44 for 228 yards against the Bruins but he was intercepted six times. His main targets are receivers Sean Fitzgerald and Dres Anderson. The running game features Kelvin York, Bubba Pool and Lucky Radley.

The Cardinal will again be led by Kevin Hogan, who is undefeated since taking over as quarterback last

year. Ty Gaffney is the Cardinal’s leading rusher. Wide Receiver, Ty Montgomery, who leads the Cardinal with 23 receptions and five touchdowns has been added to the Maxwell Award Watch list.

Last week Montgomery returned a kick-off for 99 yards. He also had a touchdown and a 68-yard kickoff return in the third period. He amassed 290 all-purpose yards and set a school record with 204 kickoff return yards.

The defense has been strong all year. The linebackers have been led bu Shayne Skov and A.J.Tarpley. Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro has been added to the Chuck Bednarik Award List. The Award

is given by the Maxwell Club on December 12th. Mauro had seven tackles in then Army game. Six of them were solo tackles. Mauro had a sack and an interception against Arizona State. So far this season he has 17 tackles with four for a loss of 29 yards including three sacks.

Utah Leads the Pac-12 in fewest fumbles lost(1) and is tied for the Pac-12 lead with Stanford in red zone offense(.944) and ranks first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation with sacks per game(3.6).

The Utah kicking game is outstanding. Placekicker Andy Phillips is perfect through five game making all nine of his attempts and has not missed an extra point. Punter Tom Hackett is tied for the Pac-12

lead in punt return average(44.0), punts inside the 20(11) and punts of 50+ yards(7).

The Cardinal is favored to win but playing on the road in a new venue is never easy. The Utes

appear able to score once the get into the red zone and Stanford’s defense will be tested.

Hogan and company are battle tested and should be able to break down Utah”s defense.

The Cardinal cannot look ahead to the showdown with UCLA. Stanford coach David Shaw will see to it that his team will be ready.

Michelle Richardson on the NCAA

by Michelle Richardson

Stanford 31 vs. Washington 28:
Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian says that the Stanford Cardinal Saturday stalled time with questionable injuries last Saturday in the Cardinal three point win. Sarkisian needs to be quiet because I’m sure he’s done that play before too. It’s a commonly used tactic in the pros and in college. So Sarkisian really needs to let it go and as far as pay back is concerned, well maybe you need to pay back for anytime you did it.

Some coaches are so arrogant or critical about what other coaches do it’s like Alabama going in there saying they can beat Florida and everybody has a little grim sitting on them. So as far as Sarkisian the message to him is win with a little class, lose with grace and go on and just play the game. That game was not lost in the last second it was lost probably somewhere in the third quarter in the middle of the game and quit pointing the finger.

Notre Dame 37 Arizona State 34: It’s unfortunate for Notre Dame that they lost linebacker Garrett Grace for the season due to a broken leg but Notre Dame is one of those schools that that they’ve got some kid whose been sitting back there waiting for a chance and now he’s got it. I’m not really feeling sorry for Notre Dame. Schools like that retool every year and there might be some red shirt waiting for his turn.

Notre Dame will be okay as will Arizona State it’s unfortunate they did lose but its not as bad as losing in November. They’ll be back they still have to play UCLA. They still have a lot of games they have to play but I still expect Notre Dame to be in the hunt for a Pac 12 title. Even though it was a bad loss at least it’s early October and not mid November.

Alabama 45 Georgia St 3: There is nothing impressive about that win for the Crimson Tide and there was nothing impressive about the win Oregon had over Colorado neither game should have been televised but I will say this I’m proud of Georgia State it’s a program that’s always been around for less than five years so the fact that the got three points on a number one ranked national champion good for you hope you earned your program and I hope you find continued success.

This is nothing to be impressed about it’s not a “oooh wee look what happened” I hope the young men at Georgia State got a little experience at what it’s like to play big time division one and to take that memory with them as they move on in their career. Other than that I could careless it was a waste of time of a game and you just have to be a really hard core Crimson Tide fan to even have watched that game.To me that’s a game you give those tickets to somebody who’s not a big football fan that said they went to an Alabama game.

Michelle Richardson does commentary on the NCAA each week

Stanford outlasts Huskies to go 5-0

By Jeremy Harness

STANFORD – Head coach David Shaw said that what he likes most about his team is the mental toughness that it has, that “of all the things you can ask for as a coach, that’s what you want.”

That’s what got Stanford through in the fourth quarter, as No. 15 Washington put the pressure on time and again in the fourth quarter while it gripped tightly to a three-point lead.

Although Stanford never trailed in the game, it wasn’t really over until the Keith Price’s would-be first-down pass to Kevin Smith on fourth down was ruled incomplete with 1:15 remaining, allowing the Cardinal to run out the clock and avenge their only loss last year in Pac-12 play, coming away with a 31-28 win Saturday night at Stanford Stadium, marking the third time since World War II that Stanford has started the season with a 5-0 record.

Getting stops against Price was by no means easy, especially Saturday night. The dual-threat quarterback torched Stanford for 350 yards by completing 33 of his 48 throws, and even though the Cardinal sacked him five times, there were plenty other opportunities.

“We were trying to keep him in the pocket, but he kept high-stepping (out of trouble),” Trent Murphy said. “But we just couldn’t put him down.”

If anyone had a turnaround game from last year’s humbling loss to the Huskies, it was Ty Montgomery, who had a less-than-glorious performance in Seattle. This time around, he sliced the Huskies up for 290 all-purpose yards, including taking the opening kickoff 99 yards to give Stanford a lightning-quick 7-0 lead as well as a touchdown catch with 10 seconds left in the first half.

“(Also,) when he wasn’t carrying the ball, he was blocking his tail off,” Shaw said. “I would say that Ty was the difference in the ballgame. He’s a special player that we think his future is extremely bright, and he’s only going to get better.”

After that opening kickoff, the rest of the first quarter was a real struggle between two of the top defenses in the nation. The Huskies got as far as the Stanford 44 before they were forced to punt the ball away and were not able to get into any sort of rhythm on offense, a far cry from what they’ve been accustomed to this year.

Stanford’s offense, on the other hand, fared a tad better than Washington’s but ultimately came away with only three more points. The Cardinal advanced into Husky territory three times in the quarter but turned the ball over twice, once on an interception and the other on downs, as a fourth-and-four pass at the Washington 30 fell incomplete.

The Cardinal got to Washington’s 35 late in the second quarter, but rather than try a long field goal that would have been around 50 yards, they elected to punt it away and put the rest of the half in the hands of the defense.

That move backfired, though. Washington suddenly found its offensive groove and drove 88 yards down the field and capped things off with a 7-yard touchdown run by Bishop Sankey to cut Stanford’s lead to three.

Stanford countered beautifully to bring that lead back up. To close out the first half, Kevin Hogan saw Montgomery single-covered on the right side and dropped in deep ball on Montgomery’s outside shoulder for a 38-yard touchdown that cornerback Marcus Peters, who had intercepted Hogan earlier in the half, had no chance of defending.

While the first quarter was a struggle on offense for both teams, the third quarter was anything but. Washington took the ball to start the quarter and again ripped the Stanford defense, this time for 75 yards on only four plays and capping it off by getting into the end zone. Keith Price, using his legs to maneuver out of trouble, found an open Kevin Smith for a 29-yard touchdown to again cut the Stanford lead to a trio.

The Cardinal’s ensuing drive was a bit more time-consuming and methodical, but it ended up netting the same result. They ran the ball seven times on that drive, simply moving the chains until they got into position to strike. Hogan’s 4-yard touchdown did just that.

Washington answered with a touchdown of their later in the quarter and was again within striking distance late in the fourth, riding the legs of Sankey and the dual skills of Price to pierce their way inside the Stanford 10. At that point, Stanford’s came up with the big play that it needed. Linebacker Trent Murphy got his hand on a Price pass and knocked it straight into the air, and A.J Tarpley came down with it to thwart the rally.

But that didn’t stop the Huskies. They got a big stop of their own and forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, getting the ball back with plenty of time left in the game. They once again got deep into Cardinal territory, but this time, they were able to punch it in to cut the lead to three.

Stanford, however, could not put them away, as the Huskies drove just past midfield with a chance to tie or even win the game until the fourth-down pass fell through Smith’s hands.

“It’s not a beauty contest; it’s a football game,” Shaw said. “No matter how imperfect the whole game is, (when) we get to the fourth quarter, we’ve got to finish.

“Our guys finished well.”

Stanford vs. Washington Preview

by Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford vs. Washington Preview

The University of Washington Huskies arrive at Stanford Stadium to play the Stanford University Cardinal. Both teams are 4-0 overall. Stanford is 2-0 in Pac-12 conference play while the Huskies are

just 1-0. It will be a matchup on the number five rated Cardinal against the 15th ranked Huskies.

Game time is Saturday night at 7:30 pm at Stanford Stadium.

Stanford Coach David Shaw that this is not a “revenge” game for the Cardinal. However, the players are all aware of the defeat the Cardinal suffered last year in Seattle when they were upset 17-13 by the Huskies. The winner of the game will share the lead in the Pac-12 North Division with Oregon.

The Huskies are highly ranked in the NCAA in a number of offensive and defensive categories. They are third in third down conversions, fourth in completion percentage and fifth in total offense as well as second in pass efficiency defense and fourth in scoring defense. The Huskies are led by running back Bishop Sankey who is the nation’s number one rusher averaging 151.8 yards per game. Sankey broke Corey Dillon’s University of Washington record with 40 carries good for 161 yards against Arizona last week. He has rushed for 100 yards in seven of the last nine games and for 200 in two of his last five.

The Cardinal defense will have to be on their A game to slow Sankey down. The Husky quarterback, Keith Price, is now No.12 in the nation in pass efficiency and has moved into in the third spot in UW career passing with 6,997 career yards.

Stanford’s offense will be led by quarterback Kevin Hogan and running back Tyler Gaffney. Hogan is 9-0 as a starter and had a career high 286 yards and three touchdowns against Washington State last week. Gaffney has seven touchdowns(six rushing) through the first four games averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Wide receiver Ty Montgomery had led the team in receptions in all four games and wide receiver Devon Cajuste had four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns last week against Washington State.

The offensive line will be bolstered by the return of David Yankey who missed last week’s game due to personal receivers. The offensive line features Kevin Danser and Cameron Fleming who are each a candidate for the Outland Trophy. Center Khalil Wilkes helped hold Washington State without a sack or a quarterback hurry.

On defense, defensive end Josh Mauro leads the Cardinal with three sacks. Defensive Tackle David Parry and the other defensive end Ben Gardner have been solid performers. Stanford has outstanding linebackers led by Shayne Skov, A.J.Tarpley, Trent Murphy and James Vaughters.

Free safety Ed Reynolds had six tackles against Arizona State while strong safety Jordan Richards returned an interception for a score against Washington State.

The game looks to be a barnburner with no holds barred between these two fierce rivals. The Huskies own a 41-38-4 advantage in the series between the two teams. The teams look pretty well evenly matched on paper but Stanford has home field advantage and hopefully the 12th man will give the Cardinal the inspiration to win the game.

Stanford vs Washington State preview

football_rev_enginesby Jerry Feitelberg

Stanford- Washington State Preview

The Stanford Cardinal will meet the Washington State Cougars this Saturday at CenturyLink Stadium in Seattle. Seattle will be a home game for the Cougars who normally play in Pullman.

The Cardinal enters the game with a record of 3-0 having defeated Arizona State last week at Stanford.

The Cardinal offense is led by quarterback Kevin Hogan who is 8-0 as a starter for the Cardinal. Hogan has thrown 62 times for 546 yards so far this season. Running back Tyler Gaffney has rushed for 331

yards and five touchdowns. Stanford has started out 3-0 for four consecutive season for the first time since 1908-1911. The Cardinal has to be wary of the Cougars. Last year the Cougars lost to Stanford 24-17. The Cardinal defense sacked the Cougar quarterback ten times last year.

The Cougars, under coach Mike Leach, are 3-1 so far this year and have matched last year’s win total.

Cougar quarterback, Connor Halliday leads a pass happy attack. Halliday has thrown for nine touchdowns but has been intercepted eight times. Cougars wide receiver Gabe Marks is second in the Pac-12 with 31 catches and fourth with 348 yards. The Cougar defense has limited opponents to 17 points in winning three straight for the first time since 2006. The Cougars upset the USC Trojans 10-7 in Los Angeles on September 7th.

Stanford has won eleven games in a row second only to Ohio State(16 ) and the Cardinal defense has a takeaway in 27 straight games. The Cardinal won the last five meetings with the Cougars.

Stanford senior safety Ed reynolds will sit out the first half of the game. Reynolds was ejected from

the game with Arizona State after he hit Sun Devils QB Taylor Kelly in the helmet.

Star offensive lineman David Yankey is not available due to a “family situation.”