For the second straight week, the Stanford Cardinal recorded a win over a division foe, as the defense carried their squad to a 24-17 victory over Washington State.
Washington State gave the Cardinal more trouble than expected in the first half of the game. After Jordan Williamson kicked a 42-yard field goal on Stanford’s opening drive, Dominique Williams hauled in a beautiful 3-yard touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone.
Stanford answered back only two plays later, as Josh Nunes hit a wide-open Jamal-Rashad Patterson for a 70-yard touchdown to make the game 10-7.
The Cougars tied the game up at 10 as time expired in the first half, as Andrew Furney drilled a 24-yard chip shot.
Stanford came out hot in the second half with a 13-play drive, including a big 23-yard catch by Drew Terrell, that culminated in a Ryan Hewitt touchdown run from a yard out.
For the rest of the uneventful third quarter, the two teams exchanged punts, until Ed Reynolds broke the silence by intercepting a Jeff Tuel pass and returning it 24 yards for a touchdown to extend their lead to 24-10.
Washington State gave the Cardinal a scare with 6 minutes left to play when Kristoff Williams caught a 10-yard touchdown to make it a one score game.
However, Stanford held on to their late lead after the Cardinal defense stopped the Cougars on their last drive of the game despite an impressive drive led by Tuel.
Stanford’s front seven was outstanding all day, allowing an astounding -9 rushing yards on the day.
Though Stanford should feel good about this victory, they should be concerned over their lack of offensive production throughout most of the game. The Cardinal will look to continue their success next week when they take on Colorado in Boulder.