Oct. 23, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
Final score: Stanford 38, Washington State 28
Washington State attempted an onsides kick, but Stanford's Coby Fleener caught it on the bounce and stepped out of bounds, thereby ending WSU's chances.
Fourth quarter (0:35 left): Stanford 38, Washington State 28
Alex Loukas came in at quarterback for Stanford, and Jeremy Stewart picked up his first carry since he was injured in the opening game. But Stanford was held without a first down and had to punt with 2:20 to go.
Thomas Keiser picked up a sack of WSU's Jeff Tuel, but the quarterback came back to throw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Marquess Wilson with 35 seconds left. The pass was perfect and split two defenders.
Fourth quarter (3:46 left): Stanford 38, Washington State 21
Washington State's Jeff Tuel passed for 31 yards inside the Stanford 5, and found Jared Karstetter for a four-yard touchdown pass. It was Tuel's third touchdown pass of the game, and second to Karstetter.
Fourth quarter (6:11 left): Stanford 38, Washington State 14
Andrew Luck remained in the game as Stanford takes possession at its own 19. Anthony Wilkerson carried twice for 10 yards. Stanford has gone to the run and Stepfan Taylor broke through the line on a third-and-one for 18 yards. Wilkinson gained 20 on the next play.
Taylor's spinning 13-yard run set up Stanford at the 4-yard line, and Luck hit Coby Fleener on an out pattern, just past the outstretched fingertips of a defender, for the score.
Third quarter (11:11): Stanford 31, Washington State 14
Washington State cut the deficit on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Tuel to Marcus Richmond, who scored his first receiving touchdown. The Cougars drove 80 yards in five plays.
End of third quarter: Stanford 31, Washington State 7
Washington State's next possession ended with a sack by Shayne Skov, forcing a punt.
Third quarter (2:56 left): Stanford 31, Washington State 7
Stanford moved the ball well, with Stepfan Taylor carrying the offense down the field. Taylor surpassed 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game, making him one of four Stanford back to accomplish the feat. The others were Toby Gerhart, Darrin Nelsonn, and Tommy Vardell.
However, the final play in the drive was a pass, the best of the day for Luck so far. He threw to the deep left corner, where Doug Baldwin leaped over a defender to make a spectacular grab for a 17-yard touchdown play.
Third quarter (9:23 left): Stanford 24, Washington State 7
Washington State's moved well down the field after forcing Stanford to punt on a three-and-out to begin the second half. However, the Cougars possession ended when Jeff Tuel's downfield pass was tipped by Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov and intercepted by safety Taylor Skaufel.
Halftime: Stanford 24, Washington State 7
Second quarter (0:47 left): Stanford 24, Washington State 7
Washington State picked up an initial first down, but faced a third and 12. The Cougars picked up 11 on a pass to top receiver Jared Karstetter, who came up limping and the Cougars were forced to punt from its own 36, though it appeared the spot on the previous play could have been challenged.
Stanford gained possession and Andrew Luck was hit hard on a 13-yard pass to Ryan Whalen, who is fully involved in the offense for the first time since injuring his elbow against Wake Forest on Sept. 18.
Luck hit tight end Coby Fleener on the next play for 19 yards down the left sideline.
Luck had Doug Baldwin wide open deep on the next play, but underthrew the ball too softly, allowing the defensive back to recover and break up the play, but a pass interference call on the following play gave Stanford the ball at the WSU 33.
Another pass interference call came on the next play, also a pass to Whalen, who caught the ball but was ruled out of bounds and the ball was going to be placed at the 18. However, replays seemed to show that Whalen got his right foot down at the 5. A review found the catch was indeed made for 28 yards, giving Stanford first and goal at the 2, following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on WSU.
On second down from the 1, Stanford line up with three linemen and two tight ends on the right side. Stepfan Taylor followed them into the end zone with 47 seconds left in the half.
Second quarter (5:23 left): Stanford 17, Washington State 7
A strong kickoff return by Usua Amanam was pushed back by a holding penalty, giving Stanford the ball at its 27-yard line to start its next drive.
Two runs by Stepfan Taylor picked up 15 yards. Big pressure and a hit on Andrew Luck, who has felt the pressure the entire game, resulted in a dump off for a loss. But a pass wide to Konrad Reuland picked up 11 and a first down. With Anthony Wilkerson running around right end for 12 more.
Stanford's running game has been effective, moreso than the pass, and it appears the Cardinal will ride the ground game as much as it can. That was the case on the next play, a 15-yard burst by Taylor up the middle to the WSU 14.
Taylor has 11 carries for 57 yards.
Taylor again, this time up the middle for nine, to the 6. And into the end zone on the next play. Taylor found the middle clogged, but cut off right guard for the score.
A big touchdown for Stanford to answer Washington State right back after the Cougars' had cut the deficit to three.
Second quarter (10:10 left): Stanford 10, Washington State 7
On third and two at the Stanford 36, WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel completed a fade to Jared Karstetter for 19 yards and a first down.
Facing another third down, this at the Stanford 12, Tuel fired a touchdown pass to Karstetter, the only receiver lined up wide right (with three others on the left side). The pass hit Karstetter on a post at the goal line amidst two defenders.
Second quarter (12:55): Stanford 10, Washington State 0
A holding penalty on a Luck scramble forced the Cardinal back to the WSU 24, followed a play later by a delay of game. On the next play, Luck tried to dump the ball off to Stepfan Taylor, but WSU defensive end Kevin Kooyman stepped in front of the pass for the interception.
End of first quarter: Stanford 10, Washington State 0
Washington State approached midfield when Sione Fua made a hit on Cougars' running back Logwone Mitz, forcing a fumble that Stanford's Shayne Skov recovered at the WSU 41.
Stanford was initially held, but went for it on fourth down, and Stepfan Taylor picked up the first down. Stanford ended the quarter at the WSU 14, facing second and seven.
First quarter (4:33 left): Stanford 10, Washington State 0
The big play was a 31-yard double reverse to Doug Baldwin. Luck also hit Jamal-Rashad Patterson for a big gain to set up a first-and-goal situation. Two plays didn't get much, and on third down, the shotgun snap hit the ground. But the whistle blew because of a fortuitous illegal procedure call on the Cardinal.
On third down, Luck stayed in the pocket as he was hit and found secondary receiver Whalen in the back corner of the end zone for the score.
First quarter (12:41 left): Stanford 3, Washington State 0
Stanford kicked off to Washington State, which began its drive at its own 18-yard line. On third down and 12, Cougars' quarterback Jeff Tuel underthrew his receiver and Stanford linebacker Owen Marecic intercepted at the 25, returning it to the 7. The intended receiver was 10 yards farther downfield and covered well.
With a first and goal, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck fumbled the snap, but picked it up and underthrew an open Ryan Whalen in the corner of the end zone. On third down, possible intended receiver Zach Ertz fell in the end zone and Luck tucked the ball down and ran for the end zone, being stopped three yards short.
Nate Whitaker kicked a 21-yard field goal to open the scoring.
Stanford returns from a bye week to take on Washington State in a Pac-10 game at Stanford Stadium. At 6-1, Stanford is off to its best start since 1970 and began the day in a three-way tie for second in the conference at 2-1.
The weather is cloudy, with the temperature at 60 degrees, but not raining at kickoff.