Stanford stars of the game

October, 23, 2011
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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Three players who stood out in Stanford's 65-21 win over Washington.
  1. Stepfan Taylor: Another 100-yard game for the running back, who set the pace for the team’s 446-yard rushing night. He finished with 138 yards on 10 carries -- including a 70-yard touchdown run. That’s an average of 13.8 yards per carry. Wide receivers would kill to have that as their yards per reception.
  2. The offensive line: In front of every great running back is an outstanding offensive line. The starting five -- Jonathan Martin, David Yankey, Sam Schwartzstein, David DeCastro and Cameron Fleming should all take a respective bow. Head coach David Shaw called it their best performance of the season, deservedly so.
  3. Michael Thomas: The safety not only nabbed his second interception of the season -- a pick-six that he returned 62 yards for the touchdown -- but he also switched from free to strong safety in the absence of the injured Delano Howell. He was a quarterback in the secondary helping some younger players adjust. After a shaky start, he got the troops in line and showed why he’s one of the key leaders of the team.

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