Stanford 65 UW 21 – Game Recap
UW suffered, and boy did they suffer, their 2nd loss of the season with a 65-21 lopsided loss to 8th ranked Stanford in Palo Alto on Saturday night.
The bad loss likely takes the Huskies out of the Pac 12 title race since Stanford and Oregon are both undefeated in the Pac 12 North and UW will probably drop out of the top 25.
Here are 5 reasons the Huskies lost to the Cardinal
1. UW simply could not stop the run - To say the Huskies had trouble defending the run in a major understatement, as Stanford racked up 446 rushing yards in the game. Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for 138 yards with a TD and Tyler Gaffney rushed for 117 yards and 1 TD and each averaged over 13 yards per carry.
The Huskies came into the game with the nation’s 17th ranked rushing defense, but I would think that may drop a tad since they gave up a ton of yards on the ground on Saturday night.
2. The Huskies may have focused too much on Luck -The big gun for the Stanford offense is Heisman favorite Andrew Luck and the Huskies may have focused too much on containing him, as he did not have a huge game since the Cardinal rushed for so many yards.
Still, Luck had a good game, while he was in, going 16/21 for 169 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT.
3. Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers - Since the Huskies could not keep the Cardinal from scoring they had to get into a shootout to have any chance to win, but they committed 3 turnovers, which killed 3 drives.
4. Polk was stuffed in the 2nd half – UW RB Chris Polk rushed for 144 yards with a couple of TD’s, but after he had a 41 yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 61 yard run for a score in the beginning of the 2nd quarter the Stanford run defense shut him down for the rest of the game.
5. Costly Huskies’ INT right before halftime - The Huskies were down 31-14 as the first half was winding down and if they would have scored they would have gone into the break only down 10.
With UW driving QB Kevin Price threw a pass down the middle that Stanford’s Michael Thomas picked off scampering 62 yards for a TD with only 56 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Cardinal a 38-14 lead at the break.
Next Up:The Huskies may get back on track next week facing an Arizona team that is only 2-5 on the season, but UW cannot take that game for granted since Arizona beat UCLA 48-12 on Thursday night.