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Stanford Cardinal vs. UW Huskies things to love & hate from Thursday

Bow Down Stanford

I am writing this at 4:37 a.m. east coast time and I’m so pumped I don’t even care. Can I get a WOOF WOOF from all the Huskies fans out there?!

Let’s get to it.

You know the drill.

Love ‘Em

Defense

It needed to be here, and it was. Justin Wilcox’s well-crafted game plan limited star Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor and  rattled quarterback Josh Nunes to the point of ineffectiveness.

Washington stacked the box to shut down Taylor and trusted its secondary to make plays. Desmond Trufant‘s interception to seal the win was the cherry on top of a night of defensive dominance.

Wilcox has rebuilt the defense into a unit to be feared.

The Running Game

Everyone head to church, because Bishop Sankey has arrived. Sankey’s game-breaking 61 yard touchdown run came at a crucial time. With Jessie Callier out and multiple offensive starters down, the running game was a question mark heading in. Sankey picked a fine moment for his first real big play of the year.

Husky fullback Dezden Pettyalso got in on the action, picking up tough yards for the Dawgs on multiple occasions. Even injury-wracked, the running game finally came up big.

Bishop Sankey

Bishop Sankey has arrived

Penalties

A lingering issue for the Huskies had been stupid penalties. Only four penalties for 25 yards in the game was a significant improvement from 9 and 11 in the last two games.

As Stanford defensive lineman Ben Gardner showed towards the end of the game with his offsides penalty, a penalty at the wrong time is lethal.

Hate ‘Em

Keith Price Getting Shellacked

This has been happening the whole season, and it’s partly because of the injuries to the offensive line, but Keith Price has been getting hammered. Price is a tough guy, but the amount of sacks, knockdowns, and hard hits he’s enduring this early in the season is worrying.

If he goes down and doesn’t get up, our season might too, so the O-line will need to keep him safe.

Lack of Targets for Price

Kasen Williams came up huge for the Huskies with ten catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. But his big game masked the fact that Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a non-factor on the night, and none of the other Husky wide receivers had more than one catch.

Williams is a monster, but if someone else doesn’t step up, teams will be able to scheme for him and shut him down.

Those are my only major grievances. Everything else gets a pass because we just beat the number eight team in the country.

This was huge.

LET’S GO DAWGS.

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