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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 27, 2014 at 6:04 AM

UW game day: Huskies vs. No. 16 Stanford

 

UW freshman Dante Pettis is second in the country with an average of 49.7 punt-return yards on  per game. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW freshman Dante Pettis is second in the country with an average of 49.7 punt-return yards on per game. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW GAME DAY

Huskies (4-0) vs. No. 16 Stanford (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12)
1:15 p.m. today at Husky Stadium

TV: FOX. Radio: KOMO AM-1000, FM-97.7.

LATEST LINE: Stanford favored by 7.5 points.

GAME PREVIEW: Huskies impressed with Stanford top-ranked defense

THREE KEYS

RETURN TO SENDER: Two longkickoff returns, one for a touchdown, by Stanford star Ty Montgomery were the difference in UW’s 31-28 road loss last year. Montgomery’s 156.0 all-purpose yards per game this season ranks second in the Pac-12, with the Huskies’ kick-return specialist, John Ross III, right behind at 155.0 yards per game. A boost from either Ross or freshman punt returner Dante Pettis (or both) would go a long way in helping the Huskies pull off an upset.

GRIP IT … OR RIP IT: The Huskies are tied for the national lead with a plus-eight turnover margin, having committed only one turnover in their first four games (a lost fumble). Stanford has a minus-1 turnover margin, having fumbled nine times in three games, losing five of them.

IN THE ZONE: The Huskies are also tied for the national lead in red zone conversions, having scored on all 19 of their trips inside the opponents’ 20-yard line (with 14 touchdowns and five field goals). Stanford counters with a defense that has allowed opponents only three trips inside the red zone (five fewer than anyone else in the Pac-12). Stanford has allowed only one touchdown this season. If and when the UW offense gets in the red zone, it probably can’t afford to settle for field goals.

UW PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Cyler Miles — 5 TD/0 INT
RB Dwayne Washington — 3 rushing TD
NT Danny Shelton — 7 sacks
CB Marcus Peters — 2 INT last week

STANFORD PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Kevin Hogan — 7 TD/1 INT
RB Barry Sanders Jr. — 7.9 yards per rush
WR Devon Cajuste — 3 TD catches
LB Blake Martinez — Team-high 24 tackles

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