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Oct. 5, 1996

Washington Closes Strong, Tops Cardinal 27-6

Jerome Pathon had a pair of touchdown catches and Corey Dillon added a short scoring run during a 21-point fourth quarter as 18th-ranked Washington rallied for a 27-6 victory over Pac-10 Conference rival Stanford.

Washington (3-1, 2-1 Pac-10) was held to just a 30-yard field goal midway through the third quarter and trailed the Cardinal (1-3, 0-1) by three points. But John Wales kicked a 42-yard field goal to knot the game, sparking a run of 24 unanswered points.

"It was definitely a defensive battle and I am extremely pleased with our defense to hold the score down," said Washington coach Jim Lambright. "It is a tremendous credit to the team that we had 27 points on the board and got better as the game went along. I was pleased overall but not at all pleased with the raggedness of the first half."

"When you are playing against a good team such as the University of Washington, we knew they had some real strong points, some real fine players," said Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham. "We had some things going for us in the first half and weren't able to sustain those things in the second half."

Brock Huard replaced the injured Shane Fortney and found Pathon for a 15-yard score just over two minutes into the final period. Dillon then plunged over from the 2 just over two minutes later and Fortney capped the scoring by completing a 23-yard touchdown strike to Pathon with 1:41 left.

Pathon finished with six receptions for 128 yards while Dillon had a career-best 173 yards on 36 carries. Fortney completed 8-of-14 passes for 118 yards while Huard was 5-of-16 for 102.

"I found out I would start on game day," Dillon said. "Coach told me that I was going to be starting so I just had to prepare from there."

Cardinal quarterback Chad Hutchinson was 12-of-21 for 148 yards while Mike Mitchell led Stanford with 61 yards on the ground.

Stanford has yet to score more than 10 points in any of its four contests.

                      1  2  3  4   F 
                      -  -  -  -  -- 
Stanford              3  3  0  0   6 
Washington (18)       0  3  3 21  27  FINAL 
 Stanford-FG Miller 22
 Washington-FG Wales 30
 Stanford-FG Miller 21
 Washington-FG Wales 42
 Washington-Pathon 15 pass from Huard (Wales kick)
 Washington-Dillon 2 run (Wales kick)
 Washington-Pathon 23 pass from Fortney (Wales kick)
                       Stanford  Washington 
First downs                  10          22 
Rushed-yards              32-59      49-152 
Passing yards               177         220 
Sacked-yards lost          6-43        2-10 
Return yards                 20          34 
Passes                  14-25-1     13-30-1 
Punts                    6-44.0      3-45.0 
Fumbles-lost                3-2         6-2 
Penalties-yards            6-56        6-40 
Time of possession        28:40       31:20 
Individual Statistics 
RUSHING: Stanford-Mitchell 11-61, Comella 9-15, Bookman 3-4,
Hutchinson 6-minus 9, Husak 3-minus 12. Washington-Dillon
36-173, Reed 2-3, Pathon 1-2, Huard 4-0, Fortney 5-minus 7,
Sarshar 1-minus 19.
PASSING: Stanford-Hutchinson 12-21-1-148, Husak 2-4-0-29.
Washington-Fortney 8-14-0-118, Huard 5-16-1-102.
RECEIVING: Stanford-Mitchell 5-26, Dunn 4-61, Kirwan 2-10,
Walters 1-52, Manning 1-14, Bookman 1-14. Washington-Pathon
6-128, Dillon 4-45, Cleeland 2-38, Coleman 1-9.
Att: 71,488