Cardinal Exorcise Demons
Kevin Hogan
Kevin Hogan
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 29, 2013


News and notes from the Stanford-Washington State game in Seattle...

SEATTLE- On a wet and rainy night in CenturyLink Field, Stanford exorcised some demons.

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 defense.

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 pass.

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.

Notes:

  • 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.

    Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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