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Wrapping up the Huskies 65-21 loss to Stanford

Here's my game story from today's TNT ..

Don’t let the score fool you. Washington was able to put points on the scoreboard, something it couldn’t do last year in a 41-0 loss. But with a No. 22 ranking and renewed confidence, the Huskies weren’t thinking about just scoring. They were thinking about winning.

Those hopes were trampled by a running attack that racked up a school-record 446 yards on 44 carries – 10.1 yards per carry – as Stanford’s myriad of ballcarriers ran over, past and through the Washington defense.

“We always want to be physical,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We we’re going to play the style of football we love to play. We took advantage of what we felt the defense was giving us.”

The Huskies defense gave them plenty, including eight scores on the first eight possessions.

“I told (Tyler) Gaffney, ‘let’s try and get 500 out here,’ ” said senior running back Stepfan Taylor, who rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown, while Gaffney ran for 117 yards and a score.

It was the most points a Huskies defense allowed since a 65-7 loss in 2001 at Miami. And it was the most yards rushing allowed since Oregon racked 465 yards on the ground in the 2007. Stanford had seven runs of longer than 20 yards.

Here's my notebook which talked about Chris Polk tying Napoleon Kaufman for a school-record 17th 100-yard rushing game.

“Individual records don’t really mean too much to me,” Polk said. “I’m focused on taking my team to the next level and going to a bowl game. If I don’t have my teammates blocking for me, I don’t have any of those records."

Also from the game ...

Ted Miller of ESPN was there. He had this story on Andrew Luck. This part I found particularly interesting.

Second, Stanford setting a new school single-game rushing record with 446 yards actually is all about Luck. Or, at least, a lot about Luck. Unlike most college QBs who are tightly controlled, he makes play calls at the line of scrimmage. He's checking into the running play that goes for 70 yards here, or 34 yards there. He's opting not to pass, not to pad his statistics. He goes to the line with options -- sometimes just a couple; sometimes five or more -- and his job is to pick the right one. And he's perfectly willing to not call his own number if that's what the defense most fears.

One punt against the No. 25 Huskies suggests he did fairly well with that Saturday.

"The whole game was in Andrew's hands as far as getting to the right run play versus the right look, to the right pass play versus the right look," coach David Shaw said. "And he was 100 percent tonight. He was phenomenal."Luck was smart against a Husky defense that often overloaded the strong side, trying to get an advantage. Luck audibled into counters and plays away from that overloaded side to nice gains.

From the Bay Area News Group ... here's Jon Wilner's game story. The notebook talks about the Cardinal holding the Huskies to 109 yards of total offense in the second half.   Columnist Monte Poole wrote about Andrew Luck sharing the spotlight with the running game.

From the San Francisco Chronicle ... here's Tom Fitzgerald's game story. Here's the notebook which talks about Chris Owusu's 41-yard gain on a reverse on the first play of the game. Bruce Jenkins has this column about Stanford needing to run the table.

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