Saturday, October 22, 2011
1Q: Stanford 10, Washington 7
By Kevin Gemmell
PALO ALTO, Calif -- Stanford coach David Shaw said he wanted to get wide receiver Chris Owusu involved in the offense early, and that's exactly what he did.
The wide receiver took an end-around on the first play of the game for 45 yards, which set up Jeremy Stewart's 2-yard run. A 39-yard Jordan Williamson field goal put the Cardinal up 10-0 before Chris Polk and Washington struck back.
Polk broke off a 46-yard touchdown run -- making it the first points the Cardinal have given up in the first quarter this season.
Credit to Polk for making the Cardinal players miss. But Stanford's tackling has been pretty sloppy in the first quarter. Two third-downs were converted on missed tackles.
Washington's defense hasn't been much better. It gives up an average of 97 rushing yards per game and the Cardinal have already rushed for 128 yards. Stanford already has 198 yards of offense to Washington's 88.