The Huskies have played Stanford as tough as anyone the past two seasons.
There was the 17-13 upset two years ago on a Thursday night before an ESPN audience. UW students poured onto the turf at CenturyLink Field in celebration.
Last year, UW’s comeback was reversed when a late fourth-down pass from Keith Price to Kevin Smith, initially ruled a catch, was overturned after a review. The Cardinal won 31-28, and afterward Steve Sarkisian accused Stanford of faking injuries.
It figures to be another close one this Saturday, when the No. 16 Cardinal (2-1, 0-1) bring its top-ranked defense into Husky Stadium.
“It’s going to be a showdown,” UW senior receiver Kasen Williams said. “It’s going to be a dogfight. It’s going to be just like the last two years.”
Williams scored the go-ahead touchdown against Stanford two years ago on a 35-yard catch-and-run. He finished that game with 10 catches for 129 yards. This season, as we wrote about for today’s paper, he has five catches for 33 yards and one touchdown in four games.
The passing game has made small but steady strides in Cyler Miles‘ three starts this season, but it needs to be better. Surely, Stanford will stack the box to stop UW’s run game, meaning Miles, no doubt, will have to complete some important third-and-long passes to keep drives alive. He hasn’t had to do a whole lot of that yet this season, and that’s a tall order against Stanford’s defense.
“I’m not satisfied by any means. … You look at our last four games, nobody’s doing anything in our pass game except Jaydon (Mickens),” Williams told The Times’ Percy Allen. “There’s a lot of room for improvement.”
I don’t think Williams is being selfish there. He sees some issues with the passing game — we all do, right? — and he believes he can help. The guy in the video above can definitely help.
Interesting stat: The Huskies are last in the Pac-12 with an average of 418.0 yards per game (Stanford is 11th at 429.7). In 2009, 418 yards would have ranked second in the Pac-12 in total offense (Stanford finished No. 1 that season with 427.6 ypg).
- Danny Shelton (13 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL) has been nominated for the Lott IMPACT player of the week, the same award his good friend Hau’oli Kikaha won last week. You can vote on the Lott award here.
- Setting up UW vs. Stanford, by the numbers.
- Bud Withers on a wild weekend in the Pac-12.
- The Huskies remained No. 7 in the ESPN Pac-12 power rankings.
- UW received votes in the AP and coaches’ polls released Sunday.
- UW commit Myles Gaskin had a big day for O’Dea in a victory over Marysville-Pilchuck.
- Chris Polk had a 102-yard kickoff return for the Eagles on Sunday.
- Jake Locker struggled in the Titan’s loss to the Bengals.