Recap: Stanford vs. Washington St
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Hogan threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead 25th-ranked Stanford to a 34-17 win over Washington State on Friday night.
Remound Wright rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries with a score, and Greg Toboada hauled in two touchdown passes for the Cardinal (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12), who improved to 9-0 following a loss under head coach David Shaw.
Stanford, which has now won seven straight games against the Cougars, took a hard-fought loss at the hands of Notre Dame last weekend.
Connor Halliday, who threw for an NCAA-record 734 yards in Washington State's 60-59 loss to California last week, was limited to just 292 yards on 42-of-69 passing with two touchdowns and an interception.
River Cracraft had 100 yards on 14 receptions with a touchdown for the Cougars (2-5, 1-3).
Three straight plays of 20-plus yards gave the Cardinal a first-and-goal opportunity on their opening drive, but they settled for a field goal from Jordan Williamson.
The Stanford defense forced a punt and Hogan hit Eric Cotton for a 39-yard TD on the third play of the next series to give the hosts a 10-0 lead.
Washington State answered with a scoring drive of its own on some gutsy play calling from head coach Mike Leach. On 4th-and-1 at their 34, Leach kept the Cougars offense on the field and Halliday completed a short pass to Robert Lewis for a first down. Four plays later, on another 4th-and-1, Leach put it in Halliday's hands again and he converted a swing pass to Jamal Morrow for a a fresh set of downs. Vince Mayle proceeded to haul in a 41-yard catch, and Halliday capped the 11-play march with a 9-yard TD pass to Mayle.
After a couple of punts from each team, Montgomery sprinted up the near sideline for a 46-yard punt return to move the ball to the Cougars 16. Toboada then made a 3-yard TD catch on a fade in the corner of the end zone and the Cardinal pushed the lead back to 10, 17-7, with 11:08 left in the second.
Stanford was on the doorstep of the end zone later in the second, but Peter Skov coughed up the football on a run up the middle and Washington State recovered at its own 2.
The Cardinal again manufactured a solid offensive possession and had the ball in the red zone late in the second. However, back-to-back holding penalties forced them into a 37-yard field goal attempt that Williamson pushed right as the half came to a close.
Quentin Breshears converted a 46-yard field goal midway through the third to make it a one-score game, then Hogan completed another touchdown pass to Toboada on Stanford's ensuing touch to give it a 24-10 advantage.
Halliday continued to strike through the air and made it a one-possession game by leading a 16-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a short touchdown pass to Cracraft on 4th-and-goal. The Cougars signal caller rolled to his right and lofted a pass across his body to Cracraft, who snuck behind a pair of Cardinal defenders to make the catch in the back of the end zone.
Williamson came on and nailed a 34-yard kick to extend the cushion to 27-17 with 8:13 to go.
Stanford pinned the Washington State at its own 5 with just under four minutes remaining in the game. A pass interference penalty extended the drive for the time being, however, Halliday was sacked for a loss of 13 after a holding penalty and the Cougars ultimately punted it away.
The Cardinal were set up with good field position following the punt, and Wright put the game away with a 6-yard TD run with 1:38 to play.Game Notes
Stanford has held opponents under 30 points in each of its last 29 games, the
longest such streak in the country ... The Cardinal has not lost consecutive
games since midway through the 2009 season (losses at Oregon State and at
Arizona) ... Stanford is 24-3 against unranked opponents under Shaw ...
Montgomery led the Cardinal with 72 yards receiving on seven receptions ...
Washington State's last win against Stanford came at home on Nov. 10, 2007.