|Kasen Williams' late TD helped Washington upset Stanford. (US Presswire)|
WASHINGTON WON: Bishop Sankey ran for 144 yards and a touchdown and Keith Price hit Kasen Williams with a late 35-yard game-winning score to lead Washington (3-1) to a shocking 17-13 upset of No. 8 Stanford (3-1) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Thursday night. Washington's stingy defense held the Cardinal's powerful attack to just 65 rushing yards and nine first downs on the night. Price went 19 of 37 for 177 yards and a touchdown and Williams caught a game-high 10 passes for 129 yards. Quarterback Josh Nunes struggled for Stanford, passing for 152 yards on 17 of 36 attempts, while star running back Stepfan Taylor managed just 75 yards on 21 carries.
WHEN WASHINGTON WON: Down 13-10 at the Stanford 35 yard line with 4:53 left to play, Williams caught a quick out from Price, shook cornerback Usua Amanam and then sprinted down the sideline to the end zone, bobbling the ball a little bit along the way. That was all the Huskies needed to hold off the anemic Stanford offense, which mustered one last drive that ended with a Desmond Trufant interception deep in Husky territory that sealed the win with 1:41 left.
WHY WASHINGTON WON: A gutty Husky defensive performance suffocated the inept Stanford offense and bought time for Washington's offense to find its way. The Cardinal had just 235 total yards, were 5 of 18 on third down and had seven three-and-outs. Meanwhile, Washington got stronger as the game went on and the Stanford defense eventually broke down, with Sankey's 61-yard touchdown run to close out the third quarter a key spark that brought the Huskies within range of the upset.
WHAT WASHINGTON WON: A week after getting shellacked 41-3 at LSU, the Huskies showed they are still a force to be reckoned with in Pac-12 play. And, suddenly, a ridiculously tough stretch in the schedule that includes five ranked teams in seven weeks looks a little more manageable.
WHAT STANFORD LOST: A chance to run the table and perhaps challenge for a national title. Maybe it was all a bit farfetched in retrospect, but Stanford's win over USC bestowed a great deal of credibility and respect upon the Cardinal. The suspicion was that Stanford had reloaded and would be just fine without Andrew Luck. Thursday night's loss to Washington shows that the Cardinal have a long way to go, especially on offense, to reach the level of the Luck years.
THAT WAS CRAZY: This was the first time Stanford has been held without an offensive touchdown since the eighth game of the 2007 season, a span of 59 games.