Here's the game story from today's paper.
The players seemed relieved and happy. Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano seemed extremely happy. Coach Tyrone Willingham and defensive coordinator Kent Baer seemed oddly muted. But reactions aside, the bottom line is that the Huskies ended thier six-game losing streak and did so pretty impressively. (Although how Stanford beat USC, I'll never figure.)
I've got a hyper-early flight Sunday (although the gift of a daylight-saving time hour), so we'll go straight to the notes and quotes:
Player of the game
Washington tailback Louis Rankin had a career-high 255 rushing yards, fourth most in school history. His 36 carries also were a career high. "When he was running like that and we were handling them up front and had a pretty good rhythm I wanted to stay stubborn with that and just keep knocking them off the ball and keeping ourselves in good down and distance and we were able to do that," offensive coordinator Tim Lappano said.
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Defensive player of the game
UW linebacker E.J. Savannah had a team-high six tackles, including two behind the line and one of Washington's six sacks.
Washington dominated in first downs, 31-14; in rushing yards, 429-161; in total yards, 539-253; in time of possession, 35:46-24:14; and limited Stanford to a season-low 137 passing yards.
In the second quarter, with the Huskies leading 10-3, Stanford had a first-and-goal at the UW 2. On second down, linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo hit Stanford ball carrier Corey Gatewood, a converted cornerback, Byron Davenport swatted the ball free and Mesphin Forrester recovered. From there, UW outscored the Cardinal, 17-6.
Late in the second quarter, Rankin broke a 42-yard sweep down the sideline. Ahead of him quarterback Jake Locker hit a Stanford cornerback and held the block for 30 yards. After, the game, however, Locker voiced only regret. "I should have drove him into the ground and we should have scored a touchdown," Locker said. "I fell a little bit short on that one, but next time I'll finish it off. Those guys are out there working as hard as they can to block for me, so any chance that they get I like to repay them."
Points not scored
Late in the second quarter, UW receiver Anthony Russo apparently caught a touchdown pass in the end zone. However, a review overturned the call, ruling the ball popped out as he his the ground. The drive ended on a missed field goal. Not surprisingly, Russo said he believed it should have been a touchdown. Coach Tyrone Willingham did too, although he acknowledged that the Huskies were probably victims of a new officiating area of emphasis this season that demands that players retain possession when hitting the ground in the end zone.
Stanford starting quarterback Tavita Pritchard was forced from the game with a shoulder injury, forcing senior T.C. Ostrander to handing the last three quarters. ... For the first time this season, defensive coordinator Kent Baer worked the game from the coaches box. ... Jordan Murchison made his UW debut in the third quarter. ... Cornerback Nate Williams suffered a hamstring injury. ... Tailback J.R. Hasty was not part of the traveling squad.
"We couldn't put many series together and we didn't play smart football. We left a lot of points on the board tonight, as we let a lot of opportunities get away from us. We had the fumble on the 2-yard line and some missed catches and missed extra point." – Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.
Locker's 97 rushing yards gives him 791 for the season, breaking Dennis Fitzpatick UW single season record of 697. ... Washington's rushing total was the sixth most allowed by a Stanford defense. ... UW linebacker E.J. Savannah recorded his first career sack. ... Late in the second quarter, Jared Ballman attempted his first field goal of the season, a 47-yarder. It missed wide right.
7:15 p.m. Saturday, at Oregon State; Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.