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September 28, 2012
Once again we look to the stat sheet to tell us what led to the Washington victory.
In this case the numbers don't tell the whole story. It was a block here, an amazing catch there, execution on a kick and defenders wrapping up that made the difference. Individuals making plays.
But the stat sheet and the numbers do tell us how Washington found themselves in a position to win the game.
136-65 ... the rushing advantage the Huskies had over the Cardinal. That's one year after being gashed for 446 yards on the ground at Stanford. Before the game we said that we didn't expect Stanford to duplicate last year's numbers. But nobody expected the Huskies to absolutely shut down the Stanford ground game like they did, and nobody expected the Dawgs to double them up in yardage.
5-for-18 ... that's what Stanford was on third down. The Cardinal has been atrocious on third down for the season. They were converting on just 31-percent heading into the game. Washington wasn't any better at 4-for-17, but the bottom line is the Huskies got off the field and forced punt after punt.
29:40 ... That's how long Washington controlled the ball. Not an advantage, but they certainly won the category. Stanford wants to control the game by controlling the ball, and Washington didn't allow them to do that. Mission accomplished.
0-0 ... Zero punt returns for zero yards. That's the stat line from the Stanford punt return unit. Credit Travis Coons, who also connected on his only field goal attempt, a 43-yarder. His nine punts averaged just 38.9 yards, but that means they also netted 38.9 yards. Not bad at all, especially considering he pinned Stanford inside their 20-yard line on three separate occasions, and nearly had they pinned inside the 1-yard line another time.
7.2 and 7 ... Bishop Sankey averaged 7.2 yards per carry last night. Stanford's longest run of the night was seven yards.
10, 129, 1 ... 10 catches, 129 yards, a touchdown. Of course, that was Kasen Williams' stat line. If anyone came into this game with the right mentality it was Williams. He wasn't the only guy that brought his A-game, but he had one of the biggest games of his list.
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