SEATTLE- On a wet and rainy night in CenturyLink Field, Stanford exorcised some
And they exercised their right to have a party in the backfield.
Returning to the site of their lone Pac-12 loss during their
conference championship winning season, the Cardinal shook off the elements and
beat Washington State handily, 55-17, thanks to a big night from the Cardinal
The offense did their part.
Kevin Hogan hit Devon Cajuste for a pair of early touchdowns, one for
57-yards and one for 33-yards and then scored three touchdowns in the third
quarter, two of them off interceptions, to blow open the game.
After Trent Murphy crushed Connor Halliday, Jordan Richards picked off the
pass and got behind a crushing block from Ben Gardner to get into the end zone.
The hit from Murphy knocked Halliday out of the game and forced the Cougars
to insert Austin Apodaca.
After another big hit from the Cardinal, this time on Apodaca, the Cougars
were forced to punt.
Hogan went to work again, and this time found Michael Rector, who grew up 30
minutes south of CenturyLink Field, for a 45-yard touchdown.
The next possession for the Cougars was a nightmare, Apodaca getting hit hard
by Gardner then throwing a pick-six to Murphy, to make it 38-3.
Remound Wright added a 53-yard touchdown and freshman Barry Sanders tacked on
a 22-yard score.
Washington State scored twice in the fourth quarter, a 47-yard touchdown pass
from Apodaca to Gabe Marks and an eight-yard Apodaca to Rickey Galvin touchdown
Stanford moved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-12 while Washington
State drops to 3-2 and 1-1 in conference play.
Stanford started one Washington native on it's offense, left guard Josh Garnett
from Puyallup while Washington State started just two on it's defense,
cornerback Nolan Washington and defensive end Xavier Cooper.
On the other hand, Washington State's offense started five Washington natives
and four on it's offensive line.
The announced crowd was at CenturyLink Field 40,095.
It was the second year in a row the Cardinal played in CenturyLink, playing
Washington a year ago during the renovation of Husky Stadium
It was also the second straight year that Trent Murphy scored a touchdown off a
pick six in CenturyLink.
Cajuste's 115 yards receiving were a career high.
Barry Sanders had the biggest gain of his career, a 22-yard run for a touchdown
in the fourth quarter.