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September 26, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Stanford game thread

INJURY NOTE — Savannah sat out the second half with a plantar fascitis injury to his foot.
STANFORD TO WIN — This one is in the books as Stanford leads 34-14 with two minutes to go and Gerhart on the bench with 200 yards.
I have to concentrate on other duties now but will be back with more later.
STANFORD PUTS IT AWAY — This one looks like it’s over now as Luck runs nine yards for a TD at the 9:20 mark to make it 34-14 Stanford. The Cardinal now has 270 yards on 37 yards while the Huskies have just 98 on 26. This is probably the first tiime this season the defense in any way resembled last year’s as the Cardinal drove easily down the field after the failed fourth down, moving 62 yards in five plays in 2:31.
HUSKIES AGAIN STOPPED ON FOURTH DOWN — For the second time this half the Huskies were stopped on fourth down, a Locker pass to Kavario Middleton missing badly at the 38. Stanford will take over there with 11:51 to play and the game starting to slip away from the Huskies.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER — UW is on the move but time is beginning to become a factor as the third quarter ends with Stanford ahead 27-14. UW has picked up two first downs on third and shorts to get to its own 47 yard line as the quarter ends.
STANFORD EXPANDS LEAD TO 27-14 — It could have been worse as the Cardinal could only turn the INT into three points, a 25-yard FG by Whitaker to make it 27-14 with 3:20 to play. Stanford got to the seven but then three runs to the short side of the field were all stopped easily.
Also, attendance is generously listed at 36,930.
DENNISON IN FOR E.J. — Dennison remains in the game in place of Savannah, who came out on the field late for the second half, possibly having his hand retaped or something. But Dennison has played every play of the second half so far.
LOCKER THROWS ANOTHER INTERCEPTION — Locker tried to evade a rush on a third and two play and overthrew Kavario Middleton, the ball going right to Stanford’s Delano Howell for his second interception of the night. Stanford has the ball at the UW 33 and the Huskies now have three turnovers.
STANFORD FINALLY PUNTS — Cardinal finally held to a punt on its first drive of the third quarter and UW has the ball at its own 20 with 8:35 to go.But it was a dropped pass that killed the drive more than UW’s defense as Doug Baldwin dropped a slant that would have gone for a first down and maybe a lot more.
HUSKIES STOPPED ON FOURTH DOWN — Feels like that might have been a key play as UW got to the 33 but on fourth and five Locker was sacked for a loss of seven. Stanford takes over at its own 40 with 10:06 to play.
CORRECTION ON TRUE FROSH — It’s actually eight that have played this season including Anthony Gobern, who was a greyshirt last year.
HUSKIES ON THE MOVE — Two Locker to Goodwin third-down conversions have the Huskies into Stanford’s territory on their first drive of the second half.
CAN HUSKIES STOP THE RUN? — That was the question going into the game and it remains a bigger one now after that first half.
The coaches tried all kinds of different alignments up front and none seemed to really work. You saw three down linemen with up defenders flanking them at the line. You saw all kinds of personnel — Pulu played a lot in the second quarter and the smaller Crichton almost none and you also saw Cort Dennison in there a few times for Savannah.
Not sure if there’s an adjustment the Huskies can try that they haven’t already but we’ll see if they can come up with something.
FIRST HALF ENDS WITH STANFORD AHEAD 24-14 — Huskies are probably lucky to be this close as they got a gift of a touchdown on the fumble return by Glenn (though guess you could argue that offset the KO return by Owusu).
Stanford has 285 yards on 36 plays, 7.9 per play, UW has 187 on 29. 6.7.
Locker is 9-16 for 125 yards and one TD and one INT while Luck is 5-11 for 91.
Polk is 11-52 while Gerhart is 13-156 and one touchdown.
UW will get the ball first to start the second half, which as it often does seems like a pretty key moment in this game.
GREAT PUNT BY MAHAN — 61-yard punt by Mahan follows a lackluster UW drive. But the punt puts the ball at the Stanford 1 with 23 seconds left in the half.
STANFORD COMES RIGHT BACK — A 1-yard run by Stepfan Taylor with 2:41 left has Stanford up 24-14. Cardinal drove 68 yards in 14 plays in 7:08. Stanford now has 284 yards, 193 on the ground.
GERHART TEARING IT UP — Stanford is again moving as Gerhart has a couple more nice runs and has 148 yards on 11 carries. Stanford has a first and 20 at the 25 after a penalty with 5:04 to go.
HUSKIES COME RIGHT BACK — A quick scoring drive for UW ends with a 19-yard TD pass from Locker to Jermaine Kearse, who reached over Corey Gatewood to grab the ball at about the 10 and then ran the rest of the way into the end zone to make it 17-14 with 9:54 to play.
UW drove 67 yards in four plays in 1:47.
FOGERSON RETURNS KO — Fogerson replaced Jordan Polk on the last KO return after Polk dropped the ball on his first attempt. Fogerson returned it to the 23.
STANFORD TAKES 17-7 LEAD — The Cardinal’s lead has grown to 17-7 with 11:47 left on a 40-yard FG by Nate Whitaker. Stanford used a 28-yard run by Gerhart to set up the score. Glenn again missed a tackle and was replaced by Aiyewa. Everrette Thompson also came in at DT and Andru Pulu at DE as the Huskies are trying to stop Stanford’s rushing attack. The Cardinal has 143 yards rushing, 111 from Gerhart.
FIRST QUARTER ENDS WITH STANFORD AHEAD 14-7 — UW will have a third and 12 at its own 19 when play resumes. Stanford has a 152-104 edge in yards and 106-40 in rushing with Gerhart getting 60 on one play.
Locker is 5-8 for 64 yards and one interception and has two rushes for 10 yards.
STANFORD COMES RIGHT BACK — On the first play of the next drive, Gerhart broke over the right side and ran 60 yards for a TD to put Stanford back ahead 14-7 at the 1:48 mark. Both Richardson and Glenn missed tackles.
BIZARRE TD FOR UW — Huge break for the Huskies as Luck tried to throw the ball to an unsuspecting receiver (tight end Jim Dray) as he evaded a rush and it was ruled a fumble that Justin Glenn hesitantly picked up and returned for a TD at 2:05. So the Huskies have tied the game. Glenn initially hesitated before running but with no officials blowing whistles ran it in as Stanford players just stood around. So it’s 7-7 at 2:05.
UW GIVES IT UP — Locker fumbled the snap on third down and Stanford recovered and now has the ball at its own 46. That’s UW’s second TO of the game after losing none last week.
HUSKIES CALLING SCREENS — Stanford likes to blitz and you are seeing UW try some screens here to take advantage one resulting in a 15-yard gain by C. Polk. UW has a third-and-one at the 45 and is again moving.
EJ RECOVERS FUMBLE — Stanford was moving easily but Te’o-Nesheim forced a fumble by Gerhart a the 11 yard-line stopping the drive, in shaes off last week. Stanford had 87 yards on 10 plays before fumbling.
STANFORD MOVING — The Cardinal has picked up three first downs to move to the 41. UW went with a three-man line for a time with Crichton at an up position.
LOCKER THROWS PICK — UW moved 40 yards down the field on its drive before the drive ended when a Locker pass was intercepted by Delano Howell at the goal line. Locker was trying to hit D’Andre Goodwin but Howell had the coverage and picked it off falling on his back. Stanford will have the ball at its own 2.
UH OH — Chris Owusu returns the opening KO 91 yards for a TD to give Stanford a 7-0 lead 10 seconds in. UW kicked it deep and Owusu found a hole and scotted through it.
He now has three TDs on KO returns this year tying the Pac-10 record off Anthony Davis in 1974 and UCLA’s Matthew Slater in 2007.
FELLNER PLAYS — Nathan Fellner was on the kickoff team so count him as another non-redshirting frosh this year.
KAUFMAN ON THE SIDELINES — Napoleon Kaufman, who lives nearby, is on the UW sidelines.
UW WINS TOSS AND DEFERS — For the second straight week UW has won the toss and decided to defer. Last week USC drove for a TD. Stanford has scored a TD on all three of its opening drives this season.
WALLACE CHEERING ON HUSKIES — I’m told former UW hoopster Artem Wallace is among those in attendance today and was, well,.giving some grief to the Stanford band as it walked past.
TWENTY MINUTES TO KICKOFF — The team has gone through its regular pre-game warmup and has gathered near the fans in the corner of the end zone and joined with fans in a quick rendition of the fight song.
They are now heading into the locker room for the final time.
Maybe 5,000 fans or so here right now — not very many, that’s for sure.
As mentioned in the chat, the DL today looks like Crichton, Te’o-Nesheim, Ta’amu and Elisara.
Trufant appears set to go as the starter at one CB spot.
PRE-GAME — About 45 minutes left to kickoff and there’s a little bit of a crowd beginning to fill in as the players go through some early warmups.
UW is wearing its white jerseys and purple pants, it’s typical road uniforms.
James Johnson just caught a long pass during warmups and looks fine, though how his shoulder reacts when hit would be another matter, obviously.

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