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September 28, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Post-game links

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So is it fair to say that win puts some life back in the season?

It seems a little strange to make that claim, given that UW was basically right where everyone thought they’d be coming into it, at 2-1.

But the injuries, the blowout at LSU, some of the uninspiring moments in a few of the other games, seemed to lead to a sense that this was as game UW had to win, or at least play pretty well in, to get some buzz going about the season.

This should have done it as the Huskies played their best defensive game since the 2010 Holiday Bowl (if not longer, depending on what you want to think of Nebraska’s approach in that game) and got some big offensive plays when needed (such as Bishop Sankey’s TD run, shown above in a Dean Rutz photo), as well as holding its own on special teams (which had also been an issue in previous years against the Cardinal).

Lots of heroes in this one. Justin Wilcox may stand out for devising a defensive scheme that had the Cardinal flummoxed all night, and also for getting his players to execute it.

You saw tonight something we’ve tried to make clear on here — they want to use a lot of different guys in a lot of different spots to keep the defense guessing. Foremost among those was the “jumbo package” with Danny Shelton, Semisi Tokolahi and Thomas Tutogi clogging up the middle, and eight-nine defenders running to the ball. (Hopefully a lot of what UW did tonight is explained well in the quotes passed along earlier.)

In the most amazing stat of the night, maybe, Stanford didn’t have a run longer than 7 yards. Hard to figure the last time that happened.

Tutogi was an obvious defensive standout. But just about everybody was at some point.

And maybe the unsung hero award should go to Travis Coons in his first game as the punter, avoiding disaster on the bobbled snap that he got off with his left foot and executing the punting game well enough that Stanford was never able to return any of UW’s nine punts.

Before turning it in for the night, here are a few links:

— Here’s my game story.

Percy Allen on Sankey’s breakout game.

Steve Kelley’s column says UW showed a whole new side.

Jerry Brewer says the bigger upset is that UW won with defense.

— Here’s the notebook with some of the thoughts from the Stanford side.

— And here’s the Two-Minute Drill.

— Here’s the coverage from GoHuskies.com.

— ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog offers this story and an Instant Analysis.

— Here’s the report from CBSSports.com.

— CBSSports.com columnist Dennis Dodd, meanwhile, says the game shows how tough life may be for Stanford without Andrew Luck.

— The San Jose Mercury News quotes Stanford coach David Shaw saying “we got outplayed.”

— The San Francisco Chronicle says Stanford was “Rattled in Seattle.”

— Stanford LB Trent Murphy says the loss was the fault of the Stanford defense.

— The Sunday Morning Quarterback says the loss reveals lots of flaws in Stanford.

— And here’s the AP story.

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