Oct. 27, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Follow Stanford's game against Washington State from Stanford Stadium on gostanford.com's live blog.
Final score: Stanford 24, Washington State 17
On fourth down, and with a rush coming up the middle, Jeff Tuel throws a 25-yard pass to Bobby Ratliff to the nine. On the next play, Usua Amanam blindsides Tuel on the blitz. Tuel unloads the ball, but is called for intentional grounding. Ten seconds are taken off the clock.
WSU has the ball at the Stanford 19 with 15 seconds left. Tuel is sacked by Henry Anderson for an eight-yard loss and the clock runs out.
Fourth quarter (0:48 left): Stanford 24, Washington State 17
WSU tries a pass for a first down and run that is stuffed by Chase Thomas. On third down, Tule gets the pass off as he is nailed by Ben Gardner, but Stanford is called for pass interference and WSU picks up the first down.
Tuel is stopped for no gain and the clock runs with about 2:10 left. However, on the next play, Tuel lofts a deep pass to Marquess Wilson on a post. He makes the grab for 42 yards to the Stanford 23.
On first down, Tuel's pass is complete, but the Cougars are called for a chop block and a 15-yard penalty. Backed up to the Stanford 38, WSU faces first and 25. A short pass is complete to the 29 to Kristoff Williams, who goes out of bounds with 1:30 left.
On an all-out blitz, Stanford gets the sack, by Trent Murphy for a five-yard loss to the 34 with 1:00 left. A third and 21 pass is out of bounds, setting up a fourth-and-21 at the 34 with 48 seconds left.
Fourth quarter (3:37 left): Stanford 24, Washington State 17
With a second-and-7 at the WSU 49, Stanford's Stepfan Taylor picks up two and WSU calls its second timeout, with 3:59 left. Nunes can't find anyone open, brings the ball down and tries to run, but he is caught by Xavier Cooper for no gain.
Stanford must punt. Daniel Zychlinski's punt goes into the end zone and WSU takes over at its 20 with 3:37 left and a chance to tie.
Fourth quarter (4:07 left): Stanford 24, Washington State 17
Stanford takes over at its 25. Stepfan Taylor carries twice, but gains a total of six yards. Stanford needs to put together a time-consuming drive, but is in danger of going three and out with about 5 minutes left. However, Josh Nunes finds freshman Kodi Whitfield for six yards and a first down.
Taylor rips off his longest run of the game, for 11 yards to the Stanford 49. After a three-yard Taylor run, WSU calls a timeout.
Fourth quarter (6:29 left): Stanford 24, Washington State 17
WSU takes over at its 25. Jeff Tuel passes and scrambles the Cougars upfield. Facing a third-and-6, he hits Bobby Ratliff to the Stanford 40 for another first down.
A deep pass toward the end zone falls incomplete, and WSU has a third-and-5, but a swing pass to Carl Winston is stopped by A.J. Tarpley for a loss of one. On fourth down, Tuel finds Marquess Wilson for 13 in a soft spot in the Stanford zone, to the Stanford 23.
On the next play, Shayne Skov is called for a late hit out of bounds on a short completion. With first-and-goal from the 10, Tuel's pass is tipped by linebacker Chase Thomas on the blitz. Tuel has all day to throw and eventually finds Kristoff Williams cutting across the back of the end zone. Williams makes the catch between two defenders for the touchdown.
Fourth quarter (10:43 left): Stanford 24, Washington State 10
The Cougars face a third-and-5 from their own 18, before being called for offside, creating a third-and-10. On the next play, Jeff Tuel fires over the middle, but safety Ed Reynolds jumps the rout to intercept the ball at the 25 and returns it for a touchdown.
That's Reynolds' fourth interception and second touchdown of the season.
Fourth quarter (11:45 left): Stanford 17, Washington State 10
Stepfan Taylor has 15 carries for 33 yards through three quarter.
On third-and-13, Nunes tries to avoid the rush and is tackled after a two-yard gain and Stanford must punt.
WSU takes over at its 12.
End of third quarter: Stanford 17, Washington State 10
WSU takes over at its 15. Jeff Tuel escapes Chase Thomas in the backfield to scramble for 14 yards. A pass to Brett Bartolone on trips left give the Cougars another first down, to its 43.
Usua Amanam breaks up a slant pass and WSU faces a third-and-7, but the pass is thrown behind the covered intended receiver, and the Cougars must punt.
Third quarter (3:40 left): Stanford 17, Washington State 10
Two runs net only five yard, but Drew Terrell makes a nice catch of a low pass across the middle to pick up 12 and the first down. A delay of game call followed by a Josh Nunes scramble for six, and a deep incompletion, create a third-and-9.
Nunes, however, is hit as he throws and the Cardinal must punt.
Third quarter (7:08 left): Stanford 17, Washington State 10
Washington State will try to equalize on its ensuing drive, but immediately faces a third-and-7 at its 28, but Jeff Tuel's pass wide is overthrown and the Cougars must punt.
Stanford takes over at its 21.
Third quarter (8:04): Stanford 17, Washington State 10
At halftime, WSU had 15 first downs to Stanford's 4, and had outgained the Cardinal, 223-112.
A 23-yard pass to Drew Terrell followed, taking the Cardinal to the Cougars' 28. On third-and-7, Ertz draws a pass interference penalty, giving Stanford a first down at the WSU 15.Nunes scrambles on second down, gaining seven when he appeared to be pinned behind the line.
On third and 1, Kevin Hogan entered at quarterback and picked up the first down on an option keeper to the left, to the WSU 4.
Taylor carries to the 1, and then Taylor gets stopped for no gain. With Hogan back in, fullback Ryan Hewitt carries out of a full-house backfield and scores over left guard.
Halftime: Stanford 10, Washington State 10
Washington State seems to be completing just about every pass - all in the 7-10 yard range. run for loss slowed the Cougars, who face a third-and-6 from the Stanford 40. Tuel's pass for Kristoff Williams is overthrown, setting up another fourth-down try.
Tuel scrambles for the first down on an eight-yard play and a first down, escaping a diving tackle attempt at his feet. Tuel spikes the ball with eight seconds left in the half, with the ball on the Cardinal 26. Tuel hits Williams down the middle to the 6 and calls timeout with two seconds left.
Andrew Furney attempts a 24-yard field goal. It's good as time runs out.
Second quarter (1:56 left): Stanford 10, Washington State 7
WSU faced a third-and-1 from its 30 and converted the first down on a pass from Jeff Tuel to Brett Bartolone on a crossing route for eight yards. A Tuel scramble, followed by an 11-yard pass to Marquess Wilson put the Cougars in Stanford territory at the 41.
But, again, Stanford came through with a sack. Alex Debniak earned his second of the game. On third-and-3, Usua Amanam broke up a pass intended for Gino Simone. But the Cougars went for it on fourth-and-3 at the Cardinal 34. Tuel's pass was complete, but his checkdown receiver, Bartolome caught the ball on the sideline short of the first down.
Stanford takes over at its 32. A short run by Stepfan Taylor and a loss on a reverse by Kelsey Young sets up a third-and-12. Josh Nunes' pass over the middle is dropped by Levine Toilolo and the Cardinal goes three and out.
Second quarter (7:26 left): Stanford 10, Washington State 7
On the second play of its series, Stanford responded with a 71-yard touchdown pass from Josh Nunes to Jamal-Rashad Patterson, who seemed to be uncovered as he caught the ball on a pass of about 20 yards. Arguably the fastest player on the team, Patterson outran the secondary for the score.
Second quarter (8:13 left): Washington State 7, Stanford 3
Stanford went nowhere on its ensuing series. The Cardinal has only four net passing yards so far (with 13:41 left in the second quarter), and only 39 yards in total offense.
WSU takes over at its 12. The Cougars pick up three first downs, converting a third-and-one with an eight-yard pass. The Cougars continue their methodical trek down the field, crossing the 50 for the first time after an 11-yard pass to Gabe Marks.
On the next play, Henry Anderson stuffed a run play for a loss of two, creating a few shouts of "Goose," from the crowd. WSU, as is the norm for a Mike Leach-coached team, is using a no-huddle spread offense.
Jeff Tuel goes deep on second down and fires to Dominique Williams, who makes a leaping catch at the 6-yard line. On first down, Trent Murphy pressured Tuel into throwing the ball away, but was whistled for roughing the passer, moving the ball to the Stanford 3-yard line.
Tuel then threw a jump ball pass to Williams who made the catch for a touchdown.
End of first quarter: Stanford 3, Washington State 0
Stanford went to the Kevin Hogan package on the first play of its ensuing series, for a 3-yard carry. Josh Nunes returned on the next play and was sacked for a 4-yard loss. A pass toward tight end Zach Ertz in the left flat fell incomplete and Stanford punted.
WSU took over at its 27. Moments later, a hit by freshman cornerback Alex Carter forced a fumble, but the ball rolled out of bounds, keeping the Cougars' possession alive. A pair of completions moved WSU to its own 48, but Ben Gardner came around the edge to sack Jeff Tuel for a loss of 5. It was the third sack of the game for the Cardinal defense.
On the next play, Alex Debniak blitzed to sack Tuel again, and the Cougars punted.
Stanford took over at its 33-yard line and got the ball to Jamal-Rashad Patterson on a reverse for a 12-yard gain, ending the quarter.
First quarter (5:29 left): Stanford 3, Washington State 0
WSU went nowhere on its next series until Jeff Tuel hit Gino Simone on the sideline for an 11-yard reception and a third-down conversion. But on the next play, Josh Mauro bulled his way up the middle to sack Tuel for a seven-yard loss. An A.J. Tarpley hurried a Tuel pass on a blitz and WSU faced a third-and-17 from its 35, which the Cougars could not convert.
First quarter (8:23 left): Stanford 3, Washington State 0
Stanford moved the ball fairly well until reaching WSU's 25-yard line where the drive stalled. A third-and-7 pass to Jamal-Rashad Patterson was caught out of bounds.
Jordan Williamson kicked a 42-yard field goal to get Stanford on the scoreboard.
First quarter (11:42 left): Stanford 0, Washington State 0
Washington State took the opening kickoff and earned a first down on its initial third-down try, on a short pass to Gabe Marks. But the Cougars went backward from there, with Stanford's Trent Murphy sacking quarterback Jeff Tuel for a 12-yard loss on third down.
WSU punted and Stanford took over on its own 42-yard line.
Stanford enters its game today against Washington State with a 5-2 overall record (3-1 in the Pac-12). The Cougars are 2-5 and 0-4.
Stanford is ranked No. 19 in the AP poll and will be bowl eligible with a victory, which also would enable the Cardinal to remain in the Pac-12 North Division title race.