What we learned: Week 5

Here are three things we learned from Stanford's 55-17 victory over Washington State on Saturday:

Lesson learned: A week after a 29-0 lead against Arizona State turned into a close game, Stanford found itself in a similar position. This time, however, it didn't let up, building a 48-3 lead before WSU found the end zone. Throughout the week, several players talked about how the team could grow from the experience the week before. They were proved correct.

To the air: WSU prepared to defend Stanford's vaunted power running attack and essentially invited the Cardinal to throw by bring its safeties into the box. The invitation was accepted, and QB Kevin Hogan gouged the Cougars with his arm. He finished 16-of-25 for 286 yards and three scores. The message was clear: Stanford isn't just a team that can beat you on the ground.

Sanders isn't just a name: Barry J. Sanders had three carries for 34 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run. He doesn't need or deserve a bigger role because of the guys in front of him, but it was a glimpse into what could be a bright future.