Huskies Bear Fruit Down On The Farm With 20-13 Win Over Stanford

Heading into this contest, the Huskies came off a 21-16 narrow escape road victory in the desert against the Arizona Wildcats.  Washington entered this game as a 2.5-point road underdog, due to the fact that the Huskies have traditionally struggled playing down on “The Farm”.  In the end, the Huskies were able to make the key plays down the stretch and seal the 20-13 victory over Stanford.  It was another tough road victory for the Dawgs in consecutive weeks under the lights.

On offense, it was a game of field goals for both Washington and Stanford.  For the Huskies, every time they got into the red zone, they were not able to capitalize and punch in much-needed touchdowns.  They ended up coming away with three field goals by placekicker Peyton Henry from  24, 37, and 32 yards.  It was a disappointing way for the Huskies to finish off drives, despite going into halftime with a 9-3 lead.  In the second half, it was much of the same for the offense.  The Dawgs were only able to come away with one 35-yard field goal from Henry.  The Huskies just were not able to convert touchdowns, which was a huge problem all game long.  The breakthrough would come in the end when quarterback Dylan Morris hit wide receiver Jalen McMillan, on a 20-yard strike to the corner of the end zone.  Everyone thought the Huskies were positioning themselves for a game-winning field goal, but they went for the jugular instead.

Defensively, it was a game where the Husky defense got after it.  It was a bend but don’t break type of half, where they held Stanford to one field goal from 35-yards out from placekicker Joshua Karty.   Washington held Stanford to only 144 yards of total offense, with only 21-yards coming off the ground.  The big play of the first half for the Husky defense came when inside linebacker Jackson Sirmon picked off Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee in the second quarter.  It was a huge momentum shift for the Huskies.  In the second half, the Husky defense was able to hold the Stanford attack at bay for the entire third quarter, holding them scoreless.  Washington led 12-3 entering the fourth quarter and then the Husky defense gave up 10 unanswered points, giving Stanford a 13-12 lead.  The Husky defense wouldn’t go unheard though as defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles intercepted McKee’s pass with 6 seconds left to seal the victory.

This was a much-needed victory for the Washington Huskies football program!  It was the first time since 2007 that the Dawgs have beaten Stanford down on “The Farm”.  When the Huskies entered the fourth quarter with a 9 point lead, and then were down 13-12, it seemed like the same song and dance we have seen all season.  Instead, they actually went out and took the game from Stanford and won.  It was nice to see Morris get some glory with the game-winning touchdown!  A huge boost came from freshman inside linebacker Carson Bruener, who made the first start of his career.  He ended the game with 15 tackles, 11 solo, 1 sack, and a tackle for loss! He was maniacal out there for the Dawgs!  It was a great comeback win for Washington head coach Jimmy Lake and his players.  Even if it wasn’t pretty, it’s two straight road wins and huge momentum heading into their heated rivalry next weekend from their friends down south in Nike U.  The winner of that game will take first place in the Pac-12 North Division.  Things are starting to get interesting in an already interesting season!

Next up for the Huskies (4-4, 3-2) is the Oregon Ducks at Husky Stadium, next Saturday, November 6th, with a kickoff time of 4:30 pm PT.  The game will be televised on ABC.






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