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Slaughter in Seattle: Washington overwhelms a hapless Stanford squad, 44-6, in front of ESPN’s Friday night lights

October 5, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 5, 2016

What is it about weeknight games in Seattle?

Four years ago, an unbeaten Stanford football team traveled to Seattle for a nationally televised Thursday night game against the University of Washington and turned in a dreadful performance, losing 17-3.

Like that 2012 team, the 2016 Stanford Cardinal was 3-0 going into its contest with the Huskies. In both cases, those records included a stirring home win against USC. Like that 2012 team, the 2016 Cardinal was coming off a prestigious postseason appearance the year before: The Fiesta Bowl in the former case, the Rose Bowl in this case. And like that team, the 2016 Cardinal was trying to replace a record-setting quarterback. In 2012, the departed signal-caller was Andrew Luck, who was succeeded first by Josh Nunes and eventually by Kevin Hogan; this year, Hogan is gone, with neither Ryan Burns nor Keller Chryst having asserted a firm claim to the position.

Oh, one more thing…

Like that 2012 team, the 2016 Stanford turned in a dreadful performance — only this was much much worse than what ESPN viewers saw four years ago. On Friday night, Washington (5-0, 2-0 in the Pac-12) systematically dismantled Stanford, 44-6, with the Huskies dominating virtually every aspect of play.

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Stanford sleds past Washington Huskies with uncharacteristically modest 31-14 victory

October 27, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 27, 2015

After a team has scored 40 or more points in four consecutive games and run for at least 312 yards in three straight games, it’s easy to look at Stanford’s 17-point victory last Saturday night and dismiss it as mundane.

Yes, the Cardinal came out on top, but the 31-14 win over the Washington Huskies, and the Cardinal’s 188 rushing yards, seemed just sort of…ho-hum. Quarterback Kevin Hogan had a fine outing, with 290 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but his completion rate — 70.8 percent on 17 of 24 throws — seemed, well, ordinary compared to his performance against Arizona on Oct. 3 (17-19 for 89.47 percent).

The offense converted 6 of 14 third-down tries, which was nice, but hardly as stellar as the 8 of 12 conversions the team managed on the road against USC. On the opposite side of the coin, the Cardinal defense only let the Huskies convert 4 of 11 third-down tries — nice, but not quite as good as the 4-13 suffocation that the unit imposed on Central Florida back in September.

Really, there were only a handful of aspects of the game that surpassed the quotidian. One of those was time of possession, in which Stanford amassed an astonishing total: 40 minutes and 5 seconds, slightly more than twice the duration that the Huskies had the ball (19 minutes, 55 seconds).

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Shutdown in Seattle: Washington 17, Stanford 13

September 28, 2012

I have a confession.

After the Stanford Cardinal football team beat USC, 21-14, on Sept. 15, I dared to dream. I dreamed about Stanford beating Oregon in Eugene on Nov. 17. I dreamed about running the table. I dreamed about the Cardinal securing a top-five ranking and a place in the national championship conversation. I began looking at my Cardinal Rose Bowl T-shirt from 2000 and imagining another trip to Pasadena.

There’s a chance that many of those dreams still might be realized. But they are much less likely to come about after the Washington Huskies largely shut down the Cardinal offense in a 17-13 victory in Seattle Thursday night.

It was a painful loss, as much for what it showed about the Cardinal football team as for the damage it did to the hopes and dreams of fans such as me. The anemic offense that seemed sure to doom Stanford throughout most of the last two games never transformed itself into the competent attack that generated two second-half touchdowns against the Trojans.

Quarterback Josh Nunes remained mediocre (to put it very, very kindly). Stepfan Taylor, who produced 213 yards of overall offense against USC, was taken down a notch, as the Huskies defense limited him to 75 yards rushing and no net yards on four catches. Zach Ertz caught six balls for 106 yards, but Nunes only completed 12 other throws to four other receivers — that on a night when he made 37 pass attempts. Read the rest of this entry »

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