If you said Washington would win, did you really believe it?
Apparently, the Huskies did.
Washington used a stout, pounding performance reminiscent of the Don James era and 2009’s 16-13 upset of USC to pull the 17-13 upset of Stanford on Thursday night. Let’s take a look at the news, notes and numbers:
> Desmond Trufant said he knew that Stanford would throw a fade to 6-foot-8 Levine Toilolo on 4th-and-four from the Washington 34-yard line with 2:00 remaining. “I knew it was coming. I saw it on film. When they split out the tight end to the backside, they like to, because he’s so tall, they like to get the mismatch. I knew it was coming for it. I was ready for it.” Trufant said he showed a bit of press-bail technique to bait the throw. His pick all but ended it.
> Stanford rushed for 65 yards. Read that again. The Cardinal rushed for 65 yards. Last year, Stanford ran for 446 yards against Washington and was joking at halftime that the goal was 500 total. Washington tried to clog the middle much of the night, putting Shaq Thompson in a variety of spots and its hardest-hitting linebacker, Thomas Tutogi, into the center of things. Tutogi led the team with 10 tackles. “We substituted against their big groups. Travis Feeney (6-4, 209) was playing some safety for us. We took one of the corners out (too),” defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said.
> A few words from Keith Price: “Defense held up for us and we persevered. We struggled. We just kept fighting. I’m proud of our guys. I remember LSU and I told myself I’ll never do it again. I’ll never lose faith in our guys. I mean, it’s an honor to beat a team like that. I can’t take no credit. Kasen Williams, Bishop Sankey, our offensive line came through when we needed them to.” Price’s numbers were mediocre, 19 for 37 for 177 yards, a touchdown and pick. But, he’s lucky they didn’t have to walk around the field to reassemble his body parts following the pounding he took from Stanford. Numerous unblocked blitzes came through, with the result Price indented into the turf.
> Washington kept pushing for perimeter isolations for Kasen Williams, as it often does. He finally broke one for a 35-yard touchdown and the go-ahead score with 4:53 left. It was 3rd-and-two, and a run/pass option for Price. He opted for Williams. “It was kind of a risky throw. I got the look that I needed.”
> Travis Coons took over the punting duties and had a big night when good kicking was crucial. He punted nine times for 350 yards, including a long of 53 yards. Coons also saved a bad snap to get off a kick and keep Stanford starting from its own territory.
> This was the first time Washington beat a top-10 opponent since beating USC Sept. 19, 2009.
> Washington beat Stanford for the first time since a 27-9 win in 2007. The Huskies are now 41-38-4 all-time versus Stanford.
> Bishop Sankey ran for more than 100 yards the last two games. The first against Portland State, well, that was Portland State. But, Stanford came in allowing 41.7 yards per game on the ground. Sankey ran more than 100 yards (144) over that.
> The 10 catches and 129 yards for Williams were new career-highs.
> Linebacker Nate Fellner was on the field to make his 2012 debut on special teams. Defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina was not. He did not dress and walked with a large limp prior to the game.
> Thursday night’s loss was Stanford’s first without scoring an offensive touchdown since a 23-6 loss to Oregon State Oct. 27, 2007.