UW loss puts rival Cougars in Pac-12 North driver's seat

Ebony Scott
November 13, 2017

The Huskies were dominated in time of possession, with the Cardinal holding the ball for over 36 minutes.

That sets up an intriguing matchup for the Huskies defense, which will be trying to stop Stanford star Bryce Love.

Just a week after falling to the other college program in the state, the Stanford Cardinal will now play host to the No. 9 Washington Huskies this Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET on FS1 (live stream). Love got back to his highly productive ways in this one, and Stanford's offensive line continued their dominant ways.

The second half was a different story. Stanford has made 205 consecutive extra-point attempts, the third-longest streak in the nation.

THROW IT UP: Stanford will try to be at least a bit more balanced on offense behind sophomore QB K.J. Costello, and he has some big, big targets to throw to.

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That meant Washington would punt from its own end zone. Washington wins the game after a late-game recurrence to keep its postseason dreams alive. Stanford became the first team to score 30 points on Washington's defense - which entered the game second nationally in points allowed per game - in 24 games.

But Washington on Friday lost to Stanford, 30-22, and the playoff nearly certainly isn't going to happen for the Huskies or anyone else in the Pac-12. Stanford took some time off the clock on its next drive, but put it back in Washington's hands with 2:35 to go after Toner missed a 47-yard field goal.

Washington's season effectively ended Friday night. No. 19 Washington State (8-2, 5-2) can join the Cardinal there tomorrow with a win at Utah. Sophomore KJ Costello will have his work cut out for him, but I expect him to play tough and steady at home.

One advantage Stanford does have over Washington is its use of the pro-style West Coast offense, utilizing four fullbacks, something rarely seen in the current college landscape.

Look at it this way: If the playoff committee refused to admit a two-loss Penn State team even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten, it is not going to admit a two-loss Pac-12 team this year.

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