Nothing like a grinding, churning, nasty 235-pound running back to send the Washington Huskies sprawling back to earth in the Pacific-10 Conference football race.
Stanford throttled the 24th-ranked Huskies, 34-14, in front of 36,930 in its home stadium. But this was Toby Gerhart's night to put the Cardinal on its back en route to a career-high 200 rushing yards.
About Gerhart's performance:
"We're not the first team he's done that too," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. "He's been doing it for years in this conference."
Gerhart was the tone-setter, too. On both sides, Stanford's physicality won out. On both sides, Huskies went backward, not forward.
"We had guys out of their gaps, guys not playing sound, fundamental football that we've been taught since day one," UW linebacker Donald Butler said.
Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, after his rushing offense rolled up 321 rushing yards, and twice controlled the clock for 10 minutes in a quarter (second and fourth), was generally satisfied with the way his team played and produced.
"I'm proud of our guys. That was a good team win. We left no doubt," Harbaugh said. "Toby's had a lot of good games. He ran very physically. It was another sensational performance by our offensive line."
No wonder the only man who had a chance to tackle Owusu was Folk, who was taken out of the play by a head-fake.
"Whether it's a miscommunication, I'm not sure," Sarkisian said.
It seemed the Huskies were the only ones alert enough to track the live ball. Glenn picked it up and ran it back 51 yards for a TD.
"I looked over at the ref and didn't see him doing anything," Glenn said. "Then Mason said, 'Let's go, let's go,' and I took off running."
He also broke up a pass in the end zone intended for Owusu in the second quarter. In the second half, he was flagged for a pass-interference penalty defending Jamal-Rashad Patterson.