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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Stanford game thread

HUSKIES ARE GOING TO WIN IT — I’ve had to do some other stuff here, but UW is going to get the win against a Stanford team that has had its number the last few years.

Lots to discuss later.

UW TAKES THE LEAD — Huskies on the verge of the upset as they move 65 yards in nine plays in 4:40, scoring on a 35-yard pass from Keith Price to Kasen Williams.

Price threw quickly on the sideline to Williams who broke through the tackle of Terrence Brown and then carried Ed Reynolds into the end zone for the score.

It’s 17-13 UW with 4:53 to play and the Cardinal offense now has to do something it has not done all day — drive for a touchdown.

CARDINAL HAS IT BACK — After the proverbial exchange of punts, Stanford has the ball back at its own 36 with 10:49 to play. The Cardinal has just 204 total yards (UW has 247) and only 71 rushing.

UW is selling out to stop the run on first down to put Stanford in second- and third-and-longs and it’s working.

HUSKIES RIGHT BACK IN IT — Huskies right back in it as Sankey rushes for 61 yards on a fourth and one from the 39.

That’s the last play of the third quarter and caps what was a 7-play, 81 yards in 2:44.

Looked like Terrence Brown missed a tackle that allowed Sankey to get loose.

STANFORD MAKES A BIG PLAY — Stanford scores here in in improbable fashion as linebacker Trent Murphy picks off a screen pass and runs it back 40 yards. SU leads 13-3 with 2:51 to play in the third quarter and with a two-score lead, now has UW in a tough spot.

UW looked like it had a chance to do something taking over at its own 48 following a 23-yard punt return by Hall. But Murphy tipped and then controlled a screen pass to Kendyl Taylor and returned it for the score.

STANFORD GETS IT BACK — A holding penalty on Amosa killed UW drive and Huskies will have to punt again. Still 6-3 with 4:52 to play in third.

Stanford has 193 yards to UW’s 168.

UW HOLDS AGAIN — Nunes continues to prove he’s not Andrew Luck, and the UW defense continues to prove this isn’t last year’s defense. Stanford got a couple first downs there but a procedure penalty helped kill the drive as well as a good play by Parker and Feeney to snuff out a second-down screen.

UW takes over at its own 24 with 6:59 left in the third quarter.

UW GETS BREAK, CAN’T CONVERT — The Huskies got the first big break of the game when, on a blitz on a third down pass, Josh Shirley hit the arm of Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes as he threw. Andrew Hudson made the recovery giving Washington the ball at the Stanford 35.

The fumble came a play after Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery dropped a pass that might have gone for a touchdown.

The Huskies, though, couldn’t move the ball. They got two yards on three plays and decided to go for it on a fourth-and-eight at the 33. But UW could get only three yards on a pass to DiAndre Campbell.

SECOND HALF ABOUT TO BEGIN — UW will get the ball first. Adjustments will be key — will UW have something to create more time for Price to throw? Will Stanford figure out a way to settle down Nunes, or take the game out of his hands?

HALF ENDS 6-3 — No more scoring in the half so it ends with Stanford up 6-3. The Cardinal has just four first downs but the two sort-of big pass plays gave it 152 yards to UW’s 138 at the half. UW has a surprising 62-47 edge in rushing yards.

Listened to Sarkisian’s halftime radio comments and he said the O-line has to properly execute its protections better. He said he likes that the defense is winning the battle of first down and forcing Stanford into a lot of second- and third-and-longs. “We’re playing good defense,” he said.

STANFORD TAKES 6-3 LEAD — A 22-yard Williamson FG has made it 6-3 with 1:10 left. But again, UW did what it absolutely had to do in keeping Stanford out of the end zone after what was a 10-play, 72-yard drive. UW will get ball here with one time out left and will also get ball to start the second half.

AND IT’S STILL 3-3 — With 4:37 to go in the second quarter. UW has 56 yards rushing on Stanford but the Cardinal has two sacks and forced an intentional grounding on the last series to kill the drive.

Stanford takes over at its own 18, looking for a drive to establish control.

STILL 3-3 — It’s still tied with 6:41 to play in the second quarter and UW is taking over at its own 25. Lots of moving pieces for the UW defense tonight and it really seems to be catching Stanford QB Josh Nunes off-guard.

On that last third down, Trufant lined up on the line and Shaq T. as a corner. UW wanted lots of players with versatility and they are using those pieces well so far tonight.

And most important, Stanford is simply not able so far to wear down UW with its running game — the Cardinal has just 56 yards.

DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE BREAKING OUT — This has turned into a good, old-fashioned defensive dual as the Huskies and Stanford trade three-and-outs.

A lot of new wrinkles for the UW defense tonight. On the third down stop on the last play, Timu lined up as a down linemen, then backed off and was in position to make the play on the inside screen.

The Huskies definitely put in a lot of new things on both sides of the ball for this game.

You are also seeing Keith Price asked to run more than he has all season as they are attempting to use the zone read more to get the running game going.

The longer this goes like this, obviously the better for a UW team that will gain confidence and momentum at home.

FIRST QUARTER OVER — The game is tied 3-3 at the end of the first quarter and you’d have to say UW has a lot of momentum, having gotten three three and out stops of the Cardinal and kept the running game hugely in check so far.

Stanford has just 70 total yards to 69 for the Huskies, and Stanford has just 27 rushing yards to 14 for UW.

UW will take begin the second quarter with the ball at its own 21.

UW TIES IT — After an exchange of punts, UW has gotten on the board with a 43-yard field goal by Travis Coons with 2:18 to play. A 35-yard Price to Kasen Williams pass on third and 10 got UW to the 16, but a second-down sack then killed the drive and forced the kick.

UW outgaining Stanford 69-61. Stanford with just 18 rushing yards. May try to establish that here.

STANFORD ON BOARD — Wiliamson has hit a 31-yard field goal to put Stanford up 3-0 with 9:12 left. But it could have been worse as the Huskies stopped Stanford on a third-and-five to stop the drive at the 14. Stanford has 56 yards to UW’s minus-two.

But forcing a field goal instead of a touchdown is something of a win for UW in this situation.

COIN TOSS — Stanford wins the toss and will receive. Feels like big gutcheck moment already for UW to stop the Cardinal offense.

A COUPLE INTERESTING PRE-GAME LINEUP THINGS — Watching the pre-game warmups, a couple of things stood out. It appeared as if James Atoe was working at RT, making an OL of, from left to right, Micah Hatchie, Dexter Charles, Drew Schaefer, Shane Brostek and Atoe.

It also appeared as if JC DL Josh Banks was working with the No 2’s. It appeared he was on a track to redshirt after he didn’t play the first three games. But Lawrence Lagafuaina is out with a leg injury, apparently suffered recently in practice, which may have made them decide to play Banks. Something worth watching.

PRE-GAME CHAT — You can click below to read the pre-game chat, which will stay open throughout the game with all of our Tweets filtering through.

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