No. 9 Washington’s playoff hopes went down the drain on Friday in Palo Alto in a 30-22 loss at Stanford. Scroll down for our recap, updates and analysis.
4:22 4 th Q (30-22, STAN): Myles Gaskin scores his third rushing touchdown of the game, from 1 yard out. Dante Pettis catches a two-point pass from Jake Browning to get it within eight points.
8:48 4 th Q (30-14, STAN): Bryce Love scores his third TD of the game, a 9-yard run. The short drive was set up by a 14-yard punt return by Trent Irwin and a Washington penalty.
11:45 4 th Q (23-14, STAN): Jet Toner’s third field goal of the game, from 31 yards out, comes after Stanford recovers a Myles Gaskin fumble at Washington’s 31-yard line.
0:01 3 rd Q (20-14, STAN): Jet Toner kicks a 32-yard field goal after Stanford goes 81 yards on 13 plays.
9:15 3 rd Q (17-14, STAN): Bryce Love scores on a 13-yard run to give Stanford its first lead. The drive was kept alive by a face mask penalty on Washington’s Vita Vea, who had sacked KJ Costello on 3rd-and-17.
1:32 2 nd Q (14-10, WASH): Jet Toner kicks a 38-yard field goal.
6:19 2 nd Q (14-7, WASH): Stanford’s defense stuffs Myles Gaskin on 4th-and-1 at its own 18, its first big play of the game.
11:37 2 nd Q (14-7, WASH): Myles Gaskin scores his second rushing TD of the game, a 15-yard run. The big play on the drive was a 47-yard catch by Aaron Fuller after Jake Browning scrambled to avoid tacklers and buy time.
14:55 2 nd Q (7-7): Bryce Love scores on a 1-yard run to cap a 14-play, 84-yard drive. K.J. Costello’s 1-yard run on 4 th down near midfield, after initially muffing the snap, was key to keeping the possession alive.
6:16 1 st Q (7-0, WASH): Myles Gaskin tops off a 12-play, 88-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Gaskin had 38 yards on six carries while Jake Browning was 5-of-5 for 46 yards.
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Establish and contain the run
Washington has gone away from a balanced offense the last two weeks and leaned heavily on its run game, partly because of the opponents it has faced and also due to injuries at the wide receiver position. The Huskies have run for 580 yards and seven touchdowns in the two games since losing at Arizona State, when they managed just 91 rushing yards on 31 carries.
Quarterback Jake Browning remains an integral part of Washington’s offense but he’s better when on play action and after the run has set things up. In the past two games he’s averaged 10.1 yards per attempt compared to 7.9 in Washington’s first seven games and 6.5 in the first four Pac-12 games.
How Washington handles the run will also be key, particularly in what it does to slow down Stanford’s Bryce Love. The FBS leader in rushing yards per game, at 182, Love is coming off a season-low 69 yards in a loss at Washington State after missing the previous game because of an ankle injury.
Washington allows 91.1 rushing yards per game, sixth in the country, and last week Oregon’s Royce Freeman became the first opposing player all season to gain 100 yards on the ground.
Prepare for multiple looks
Stanford has flip-flopped between quarterbacks throughout the season, with redshirt freshman K.J. Costello set to start for the second game in a row on Friday. Costello was just 9-of-20 for 105 yards and an interception at Washington State while senior Ryan Burns saw snaps as well but primarily was a runner.
There’s also junior Keller Chryst, who started five of Stanford’s first six games, to be concerned with. He didn’t play at Washington State after struggling in a 15-14 win at Oregon State.
Washington is No. 3 nationally in pass defense, allowing 149.8 yards per game. UCLA, which threw two touchdowns agains the Huskies on Oct. 28, is the only team in Pac-12 play to find the end zone through the air.
Account for Harrison Phillips
Stanford allows 21.3 points per game, second only to Washington (11.1) in Pac-12 play. A huge part of that defense is senior defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, who seems to always be around the ball.
The 6’4”, 295-pound Phillips has 67 tackles, 10th-most in the conference but tops among down linemen. He also has 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, with nine TFL in Pac-12 play.
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