Stanford vs. Washington: Andrew Luck, Stepfan Taylor Lead Cardinal To 65-21 Rout Of Huskies

Stanford faces its first AP Top 25 opponent of the year with the Huskies scheduled to visit Palo Alto this weekend.

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Did Andrew Luck Have A Heisman Trophy Moment In Stanford Victory Over USC?

We break down Andrew Luck's performance against the USC Trojans in Stanford's crazy 56-48 victory. For more on Stanford, check out Rule of Tree.

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Wisconsin Badgers Last-Second Hail Mary Upset To Michigan State Greatly Benefits Stanford Cardinal

The Stanford Cardinal might not have just won huge in their beatdown of the Washington Huskies. They might have taken a huge leap up in the race to the BCS National Championship.

Thanks to the last-second heroics of Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, the Michigan St. Spartans just pulled off one of the most dramatic victories of the college football season, upsetting the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers. Check out the video of the play here.

 

(Via Ben Golliver)

Michigan State now becomes the prohibitive favorite to win the Big Ten, but more importantly they've probably taken the conference out of the BCS title race. And Stanford is set to benefit, as they're poised to move up the BCS rankings and ever so closer to being one of the true national title contenders. We'll see how it plays out when the BCS rankings are released Sunday.

To discuss Stanford football, head to Rule of Tree. To discuss Wisconsin football, go to Bucky's 5th Quarter. To discuss Michigan State football, check out The Only Colors.

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Stanford Vs. Washington Recap: Andrew Luck, Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney Lead Cardinal To 58-21 Rout

The Stanford Cardinal faced their first challenge Saturday evening and passed with flying colors. Many analysts felt the No. 25 Washington Huskies had a chance to give Stanford their first test of the season, but it was not to be. The Cardinal combined a bulldozing rushing attack with Andrew Luck's usual efficiency to decimate the Washington Huskies 65-21 at Stanford Stadium.

The Cardinal rushed basically at will on the Huskies, piling up a ridiculous 446 yards on the ground. They averaged 10.4 yards per rush and there was really nothing UW could do to stop it. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 138 yards, Tyler Gaffney rushed for 117 yards and Anthony Wilkerson added in 93 yards with a "pedestrian" 7.2 yards per carry. Stanford's rushing attack simplified this game as the Cardinal scored on all but one possession.

The Huskies looked like they might be able to hang with Stanford as they were down 17-14 at one point. Chris Polk seemed to be running at will as he finished the game with 144 yards, including TD runs of 46- and 61-yards. However, the Stanford defense figured something out and held the Huskies to seven points the rest of the game. The Cardinal closed this one out on a 48-7 run.

The Cardinal are going to make a move in the rankings on Sunday thanks to a Wisconsin upset at Michigan State. The Oklahoma Sooners are trailing 24-7 at the half against Texas Tech, so Stanford could be in line for a big jump in the BCS standings on Sunday.

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Stanford Vs. Washington Score Update: Cardinal Cruising Through Three Quarters

The Stanford Cardinal have gone from a tight battle in the first quarter to a snoozer through the third quarter. The Washington Huskies were battling early, but Stanford wore down UW midway through the second quarter and has dominated since. After going into the half leading 38-14, the Cardinal have added ten more points and lead 48-21 early in the fourth quarter. As it currently stands, expect to see backups getting some significant playing time fairly soon.

For the day Andrew Luck is 13 of 18 for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers don't look particularly impressive on the Heisman stat sheet, but his team's rushing attack has been so dominant he has not had to do a whole lot of much. He has been impressive in limited passes, but with only 18 attempts, there is only so much you can say.

Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney have been the stars on offense, rushing for a combined 255 yards on only 19 carries. Stanford has rushed for 350 yards total through three quarters, averaging 11.3 yards per rush. That just about explains the game as the Cardinal continue to use a dominant rush effort week in and week out.

Stanford can also be pleased with the defense's performance in the second half. The defense appeared to be riddled with holes as Chris Polk was running all over them. However, the defense settled down and has only given up a fourth quarter touchdown. Aside from that score, the defense has played great in the second half.

The really big news for Stanford is that Wisconsin is currently trailing Michigan State 31-17 midway through the fourth quarter. Wisconsin is two spots ahead of Stanford in the BCS rankings and a loss would drop them behind No. 7 Clemson and No. 8 Stanford. There is a lot of football left to be played, but every upset is big for Stanford.

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Stanford vs. Washington Score Update: Andrew Luck, Stepfan Taylor Lead Cardinal First Half Rout

Heading into Saturday's showdown with the ranked Washington Huskies, the Stanford Cardinal were expecting their first significant test of the 2011 season. There is still thirty minutes of football left but through two quarters Stanford is rolling, leading the Huskies 38-14. Andrew Luck has completed 11 of 13 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns, while Stepfan Taylor has rushed eight times for 130 yards and a touchdown.

The game looked to be a shootout early as both teams were running like crazy, combining for 382 yards in the first half. After Stanford took a 17-7 lead on a Luck-Fleener touchdown connection, Chris Polk rushed for a 61-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 17-14. Stanford immediately responded as Stepfan Taylor took the very next handoff for 70 yards and a 24-14 Stanford lead.

The Huskies were able to put together a sustained drive after that but came up with no points they missed a 46-yard field goal wide right. Stanford proceeded to put together a ten play 72-yard drive capped by a Drew Terrell touchdown reception in the right corner of the end zone. Although trailing 31-14, the Huskies appeared ready to bounce right back as they quickly moved their way down to the Stanford 38. After UW lost three yards on a rush play, quarterback Keith Price threw an interception to Michael Thomas who ran it back 61 yards for a touchdown.

The Cardinal lead 38-14 heading into the second half and likely will use the third quarter to impress the voters. If they maintain or build on their 24-point lead, expect backups in through the fourth quarter.

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Stanford vs. Washington Score Update: Andrew Luck, Rushing Attack Rolling Over Huskies

We are still early in the second quarter, but the Stanford Cardinal have displayed just about all their weapons on three scoring drives. The Cardinal lead 17-7 early in the second quarter behind a Jeremy Stewart rushing touchdown, a field goal and an Andrew Luck touchdown pass to tight end Coby Fleener.

The game was billed as an expected air raid performance, but rushing was the name of the game early on for both teams. Stanford rushed for 128 yards and a rushing touchdown in the first quarter, while Chris Polk has led the way for UW with 47 yards, highlighted by a 46-yard rush.

The Cardinal are facing their first ranked opponent of the year, with a dominant performance potentially helping their computer ratings for the BCS standings. Stanford jumped on top 7-0 on a six play, 76-yard drive that opened with a 45 yard reverse to Chris Owusu and ended with a Jeremy Stewart rushing touchdown from two yards out. The second touchdown drive started on the Stanford 20 and eight plays later resulted in a perfect Luck pass to Fleener. Luck is 8 of 10 for 85 yards and a touchdown pass. Tyler Gaffney leads the team with 59 rushing yards.

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Stanford vs. Washington: Kickoff Time, TV Coverage, Radio, Online Stream And More

The Stanford Cardinal (6-0, 3-0) are yet to be truly challenged by an opponent this season. That is likely to change with the Washington Huskies (5-1, 3-0) coming to town on Saturday. While the Cardinal open as heavy 21-point favorites, it is imperative for Andrew Luck and his teammates to avoid silly mistakes that could jeopardize their perfect season.

Here is all of the game day coverage you will need for the Pac-12 showdown:

Kickoff Time: 8:00 EDT / 5:00 PDT

Weather Report: You do not get much better weather for football than you do tonight. Expect sunny skies, a cool breeze and temperatures in the mid-70's at kickoff. Temperatures will drop into the 60s as the game progresses.

TV: ABC will broadcast the game nationally, though ESPN will have the coverage in certain markets. Check local listings.

Online Stream: ESPN3.com will be streaming the game live. Check with your Internet provider for coverage.

Radio: KNBR 1050 AM, with Dave Flemming handling play-by-play duties, Todd Husak serving as the analyst and John Platz reporting from the sidelines and locker rooms.

Stanford fans should check out Rule of Tree for more coverage. UW Dawg Pound is the place to go for Huskies fans.

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Stanford vs. Washington: Cardinal Take Aim At 15th Straight Victory

Behind the skills of quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal have risen to national prominence over the last two football seasons. Since the beginning of last season, Stanford has won 18 of its 19 games and transformed from an unranked team to a Top 10 staple. This week, the Cardinal take aim at their 15th straight win when the No. 22 Washington Huskies comes to town.

Stanford's last loss came at the hands of the then-No. 4 Oregon in Week Five of the 2010 season. Facing the Ducks in Autzen Stadium, the Cardinal came away with a 52-31 loss that would serve as the only blemish on their 2010 campaign.

Since then, Stanford has racked up 14 straight victories. After closing out last year with eight straight wins, Stanford has maintained its hot streak this season behind the strength of its defense. The Cardinal are holding teams to 11.2 points per game (fifth-best in the country).

The defense will need to play big against Washington and quarterback Keith Price. Price has thrown a Pac-12 leading 21 touchdowns so far this year and hasn't recorded less than three touchdowns in any one game.

The Cardinal defense will need to put the clamps down on Price and contain the Huskies suddenly explosive offense on Saturday. If they manage to do so, Stanford will give itself a great shot to get its milestone 15th straight victory.

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Stanford vs. Washington: Andrew Luck Has Chance To Showcase Abilities This Weekend

The showdown this Saturday between the Stanford Cardinal and Washington Huskies will not only have huge impactions on the Pac-12, but also on Andrew Luck and his Heisman Trophy candidacy. 

Luck has been stellar this season remains the favorite for college football's most prestigious award, but a lack of exposure to the country almost makes it feel as is the quarterback has been underrated in 2011. That can all change this weekend; with the game being nationally televised on ESPN or ABC, as well as on ESPN3.com, every household, sports bar and Internet junkie will be able to watch Luck play.

Stanford has played most of their games on regional television stations this season and many across the nation do not get these channels and thus do not have the opportunity to watch Luck play on a weekly basis. That will change this weekend.

This can only mean good things for the star quarterback. To win a big award, a player must regularly be seen on television, regardless of what he has done in recent seasons. This will be the first primetime game for the Cardinal and all eyes will be on the likely No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft. And with the game being played in Palo Alto, Luck should feel right at home under the bright lights.

Once Saturday night rolls around, get some food, maybe a beverage or two, and enjoy the show. If you're a fan of the Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs, or any other team in the running for the top-pick next March, you may just be watching your future quarterback in action. It truly is a sight to behold.

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Stanford vs. Washington Odds: Cardinal Check In As Near 20-Point Favorites With Opening Line

The No. 8 Stanford Cardinal host the No. 25 Washington Huskies on Saturday. Both Pac-12 North teams have played well over the past few weeks and both will look to continue their streak this weekend. According to Odds Shark, the opening line places Stanford as 19.5-point favorites.

Based on the team's statistical performances through the first half of the season, the line makes sense. Led by quarterback Andrew Luck, Stanford is averaging 50.0 points at home in three games while the Huskies are averaging 34.5 points per road game. The 16.5 point differential between those two numbers is just a field goal under the opening line.

Stanford's defense has also been tenacious this season. The Cardinal have not allowed more than 19 points to any opponent this season, and if this trend holds up, Stanford is in very good position to cover the spread.

Washington, though, has been on an offensive tear as of late. The Huskies posted 52 points in last week's win over Colorado and have scored 73 points over the team's final six quarters. Quarterback Keith Price has put together three straight games of 225-plus passing yards, 70%-plus completion rating and three-plus touchdowns.

Covering the spread comes down to how well Stanford's defense can contain Price. If the Cardinal can keep Price's completion percentage at or below 50% with only one or two touchdowns, Luck will have no trouble keeping the Cardinal ahead by a good margin. If Washington allows Price to reach his current three-game averages, though, the Stanford players could find themselves in a tight offensive shootout.

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Stanford vs. Washington: Cardinal Take On Red-Hot Huskies In Contest Of Top 25 Teams

Stanford faces its first AP Top 25 opponent of the year with the Huskies scheduled to visit Palo Alto this weekend.

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