Stanford Beats #9 Washington 30-22 As Love Runs For 166 Yards And 3 TDs Against The #1 Defense In The Nation
By Dave Levine
I have to commend Coach Shaw for two things he did tonight–burning the clock in the third and fourth quarter but it could have resulted in a tie and overtime and letting his young QB Costello loose with a more wide-open passing game.
As opposed to last week, the Stanford defense came thru big-time along with an amazing 3-touchdown performance by the injured RB Bryce Love who ran for 166 yards against the #1 defense in the nation.
QB Costello had a better game than last week against Washington State, especially on third down conversions.
Special teams played well except for a stupid penalty on a punt return and a missed field goal near the end of the game.
LB Bobby Okereke had a great game causing a key fumble that turned the game around and making a key sack in the Huskies’ last drive. Last week, he had an pick six in their loss. Tonight, he was a man possessed! LB Tyler missed some key tackles in the first half but the team as a whole tackled better in the second half.
CB Murphy almost cost Stanford the game by making some horrible mistakes on Washington’s last touchdown drive. I knew that Alijah Holder would be missed and he was sorely missed. Meeks played a solid game at the other corner which was good to see.
The Huskies’ defense–tops in the nation–looked tired in that fourth quarter and that was definitely the key to Stanford’s win. As a result, Washington safeties and defensive backs resorted to illegal hits including holding and one punch that should have been called. They are as dirty a defense as USC’s.
Stanford also won the game in spite of the refs who called a horrible first half and only began calling illegal plays by Washington in the second half.
When an out-muscled team like Stanford can pull out a win against a Top 10 team with the refs against you, I have to take my hat off to them!