Huskies PAC12 hopes fade with 23-13 loss to Stanford

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The Washington Huskies let a golden opportunity get away from them as an injured Stanford Cardinal team, missing star QB KJ Costello, stifled the Purple and Gold in Palo Alto by a score of 23-13. The Huskies looked bad in pretty much all phases of the game as they lost their second game to a PAC12 north opponent thus effectively eliminating them from the PAC12 North title.

The run defense went missing as a one-dimensional Cardinal squad pounded the rock 43 times for 189 yards. Senior RB Cameron Scarlett had a career day rushing 33 times for 151 yards and a TD. The defense was dominated by the Cardinal who had an 18-minute time of possession advantage. The success in the run game opened up their passing game to the tune of almost 300 yards by junior backup QB Davis Miles.

“They played more physical than we did and they did a better job,” Huskies coach Chris Petersen said. “We have to get better in the passing game. We needed touchdowns. Field goals are not going to do it against this team.”

The Husky running game disappeared as an injured Savon Ahmed gave way to Richard Newton who ran for 64 yards on 10 carries. Unfortunately, as a team the Huskies would manage just 88 total yards on the ground.

Jake Eason had a miserable game going 16-36 and 206 yards. Granted several receivers developed a case of the “dropsies” but many throws were far off their mark. Eason started the game 5-5 taking the team 75 yards on 10 plays for the sole TD on the day.

The coaching this game was suspect too as the Huskies were down 13-10, Chris Petersen opted to forgo a 31 yard FG attempt by Peyton Henry and instead tried to go for it on 4th and 2. Eason attempted a pass across the middle but the ball was knocked away.

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