Stanford came into number 10 Washington Friday night looking to become 4-0 and take control of the PAC-12. However, Stanford will come out of Washington 3-1 and with a lot of work to do if they want to be on top of the PAC-12.
In the first half, nothing went right for Stanford. To put it lightly, Stanford’s offense was terrible. The offensive line could not hold its own against Washington’s defensive front, allowing six sacks after only giving up four in their previous three games.
Christian McCaffrey could not get anything going, only rushing for 34 yards on 10 carries. Stanford’s offense put up a measly 83 yards in the first half. The one time they were able to move the ball down the field, they gave the ball up on fourth and short because of a miscommunication.
With the offense going no where, the defense needed to step up and make plays. They did quite the opposite. The loss of Alijah Holder and Quenton Meeks really hurt Stanford’s secondary. Washington’s offense drove down the field many times through the passing game, and Stanford’s secondary could do nothing to stop it. The defensive line did a good job of not allowing many big runs. However, they were not able to get any pressure at all on Browning, giving him what seemed like a whole day to throw the ball. Stanford also committed a whopping 8 penalties for 75 yards. The first half was not pretty for Stanford as they trailed Washington 23-0.
In the second half, things did not get much better. Stanford muffed a punt to open up the half which led to another Washington touchdown. Stanford’s offense was able to drive down the field and score a touchdown. However, Stanford’s defense was once again unable to prevent Washington from marching down the field and into the end zone. The rest of the game was basically garbage time as Stanford gets demolished 44-6.
Stanford must improve after this game. The offense was sluggish and the defense was dismal. Going forward, Stanford must get healthy and put this game behind them. Stanford will face Washington State next Saturday at home.
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