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Washington vs. Stanford: Huskies stun Cardinal 17-13

Huskies use tough defense, big second half plays from Keith Price and Bishop Sankey to upset No. 8 Stanford in Seattle.

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Washington knocks off No. 8 Stanford, 17-13

The Washington Huskies scored 14 unanswered points to shock the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal, 17-13, on Thursday night.

Huskies wide receiver Kasen Williams scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Keith Price with 4:53 remaining in the fourth quarter to take the lead. The Cardinal attempted to mount a final drive but it ended on an interception by the Huskies' Desmond Trufant on a 4th and 4 with 1:46 remaining.

The Cardinal had to watch the Huskies celebrate an upset 12 days after the Cardinal had an upset of their own against the USC Trojans.

After almost three quarters of offensive inactivity outside of three field goals total, a pick-six by Cardinal defensive lineman Trent Murphy started a string of points that ended what was a game of defensive struggles.

After Murphy's touchdown, the Huskies answered with a Bishop Sankey 61-yard touchdown run to make it 13-10 at the closing of the third quarter.

Sankey finished with 144 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown and Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor finished with 75 yards on 21 carries. Price (177 yards) and Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes (152 yards) both struggled completing passes all night but Price was able to make the one play to give his team the win.

The win breaks a four-game losing streak for the Huskies against top 10 teams.

Box Score Hero: Sankey finished with 144 yards on 20 carries and one 61-yard touchdown. In a game filled with defense, Sankey still came away with numbers.

Rankings Ramifications: The Cardinal will definitely fall out of the top 10 but how far is yet to be seen. They could be in the late teens or early 20s when the rankings come out next week.

Did They Cover?: We're going to go ahead and say ‘no'. Those who picked the Cardinal have upside down smiles right now.

For More On This Game: Check out Rule of Tree for Cardinal reaction and UW Dawg Pound for Huskies reaction.

Next Week's Schedule: Stanford's next game is against Arizona at home on Saturday, Oct. 6. Washington's next game is at No. 2 Oregon on the same day.


Huskies face undefeated Stanford in Pac-12 matchup

The Washington Huskies will look to tame an undefeated Stanford team when the Cardinal visit Husky Stadium in a Pac-12 matchup on Thursday night.

Stanford (3-0) is hitting the road for the first time in 2012, and the Huskies will be on the national stage for the first time since they were demolished 41-3 by No. 3 LSU in a Week 2 game in Baton Rouge. The Huskies biggest challenge might be containing a potent Stanford rushing attack. When the two teams squared off last season, the Cardinal ran wild on the Huskies front seven, amassing 446 yards in a 65-21 blowout. Running back Stepfan Taylor used just 10 carries to gain 138 yards on the Huskies porous run defense in last year's game. The 5'11, 215 senior back is coming off a strong game in Week 3 against the No. 13 USC Trojans, in which he rushed for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The Huskies (2-1) will likely lean on running back Bishop Sankey to spark the offense. The sophomore back has carried the ball 44 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns this season, and they'll hope to get him going early against a Cardinal run defense that is allowing 149.7 yards per game.

Stanford is currently a 6.5-point favorite, according to OddsShark.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT, and the game will be televised on ESPN. The radio broadcast will be carried on KJR 950 AM.


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