Recap: Washington vs. Stanford
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Quarterback Kevin Hogan overcame two second- half turnovers to rush for the winning 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, lifting No. 16 Stanford to a 20-13 win over Washington on Saturday.
Hogan had a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery in the first half, but threw an interception in the third quarter and fumbled in the red zone in the fourth before scrambling for the go-ahead score with 4:29 remaining after the Cardinal defense stuffed a fake punt attempt by Washington.
Stanford (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) and its top-ranked defense has held all four of its opponents under 14 points this season, but many of the big plays on that side of the ball Saturday came from Washington (4-1, 0-1).
Huskies linebacker Shaq Thompson scored on a fumble return to tie the game at 13-13 going into halftime and forced a fumble when he hit Hogan in the fourth quarter with Stanford threatening to take the lead.
But Thompson was also the player who was stopped when Washington tried a fake punt on 4th-and-9 near midfield, leading to the Cardinal's winning score.
"(We) held a good offense to 20 points and that should be good enough to get some things done," said Washington coach Chris Petersen.
Hogan was 17-of-26 for 178 yards and Washington's Cyler Miles ended 15-of-29 for 98 yards with a 25-yard touchdown throw to Jaydon Mickens.
Stanford outgained Washington 364 yards to 179 and picked up 22 first downs -- seven more than the Huskies. The Cardinal entered the game with the nation's top overall defense, the top scoring defense and the top passing defense.
"Once again, they won the game for us," said Stanford coach David Shaw. "It wasn't just the last drive, it was how they played the entire game. We put pressure on the quarterback, stopped the run, and played smart defensively. Not enough is being said about how well we play as a team."
Despite a clear edge for Stanford on the stat sheet, the game came down to the wire.
Jordan Williamson missed a 46-yard field goal try early in the third quarter for Stanford after kicking two in the first half, and Hogan was picked off by Marcus Peters near the left sideline on the Cardinal's next possession.
The Huskies failed to capitalize both times, but Stanford couldn't stay out of its own way, turning the ball over in the red zone when Thompson hit Hogan near the Huskies 12-yard line and popped the ball loose. Danny Shelton -- a 339-pound defensive lineman -- came down with it.
But Washington's punt fake failed when Thompson was stopped at the line, and Hogan beat linebacker Cory Littleton to the right pylon to make it 20-13.
Petersen said his players can check out of a fake punt if they don't like the look of the defense.
"We need to execute a bit better, but it was asking to get too many yards. We should have checked out of it," he said. "That was on me and not on those guys. I was trying to create something. We were looking for extra yards and (we) probably should have pulled out of that option."
Washington's final drive stalled at the Stanford 36-yard line, hindered by a Miles intentional grounding penalty and 10-second runoff when his throw under pressure didn't make it to the line of scrimmage.
Stanford was coming off a bye and plays at No. 8 Notre Dame next week.
It took the lead on Williamson's 35-yard field goal on the game's first drive and after five combined punts, Hogan's touchdown pass to Montgomery early in the second quarter made it 10-0.
The Huskies responded with a big play -- Mickens' over-the-shoulder 25-yard touchdown catch in the right side of the end zone, though Cameron Van Winkle missed the extra-point attempt.
Williamson added a 32-yarder, but Washington tied the game when Thompson stripped Remound Wright as the Stanford running back hit a pile of players and took it back for a touchdown.Game Notes
Wright rushed for 63 yards. Stanford's Devon Cajuste led all players with 59
yards receiving on four catches ... Stanford has won two in a row since losing
13-10 to USC on Sept. 6 -- the only other time it has allowed points this
season ... Washington has a bye next week before playing at Cal on Oct. 11.