No. 18 Washington 27, Stanford 6
SEATTLE (AP) _ For three quarters, the Washington Huskies found only frustration until two reserves pointed the way to the end zone.
Reserve Brock Huard threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jerome Pathon with 12:56 to play and backup tailback Corey Dillon added a TD run two minutes later as Washington beat Stanford 27-6 in the Pac-10 on Saturday.
``It’s a tremendous credit to the team that we got better as the game went along,″ Washington coach Jim Lambright said.
``In the end, we were stronger,″ Huard said. ``I think we showed them we know how to win.″
The Huskies (3-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-10) lost two fumbles and had a pass intercepted in a first half and had Dillon’s 7-yard TD run in the third quarter called back because of a holding penalty.
Instead of the touchdown, Washington had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by John Wales that tied the score 6-6 with 7:22 left in the third quarter.
The Huskies, who play at Notre Dame next Saturday, said they learned a lesson.
``We came back and got things going in the fourth quarter,″ starting quarterback Shane Fortney said. ``But we’ve got to start doing that sooner.″
Stanford (1-3, 0-1) was held without a touchdown for the second straight game, settling for two field goals by Kevin Miller. In its last start, the Cardinal was lost 14-0 to Wisconsin.
Against Washington, Stanford was limited to 59 yards on the ground. The Huskies sacked Stanford quarterbacks six times.
Coach Tyrone Willingham said it wasn’t a matter of Stanford’s offense being inept but of Washington’s defense being that good.
``They just keep pressure coming and we were unable to stand up to it for the whole game,″ Willingham said.
Huard threw a 42-yard pass to Pathon to open Washington’s go-ahead touchdown drive that began late in the third quarter. The Huskies went 80 yards in seven plays in 2:38, taking the lead 13-6 after Pathon caught Huard’s touchdown pass all alone in the end zone.
Wales then kicked off high into the air and Kai Bynum recovered the ball for Washington at the Stanford 13 after it hit the Cardinal’s Adam Salina. The Huskies used four runs by Dillon to get into the end zone for the second time.
The Salina fumble was the biggest play of the game as far as the Cardinal was concerned.
``The kick was high and short,″ Salina said. ``I made the mistake of trying to catch it when I should have let our long men take it.″
Stanford’s last realistic chance ended when Mel Miller intercepted Chad Hutchinson’s pass in the end zone with 6:36 to go. Fortney then quarterbacked the Huskies 80 yards for a touchdown, the score coming on his 23-yard pass to Pathon with 1:41 to go.
Dillon ran for 173 yards on a school-record 36 carries in relief of Rashaan Shehee, who missed the game because of a sprained right ankle.
``It felt like I carried 58 times,″ Dillon said.
``He’s 220 pounds of speed and power,″ Huard said of Dillon. ``He’s got to look very scary to a defense in the second half.″
Pathon caught six passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
In the first quarter, Washington had a first down on the Stanford 2 when Dillon fumbled a handoff from Fortney and linebacker Jon Haskins recovered. The Cardinal drove 93 yards to position Miller for a 22-yard field goal.
After the Huskies tied it on Wales’ 30-yard field goal early in the second period, Stanford went 93 yards, including a 52-yard pass from Hutchinson to Troy Walters, for Miller’s 21-yard field goal. The drive to Stanford’s second field goal began after Allstair White intercepted Huard’s pass at the Cardinal 2.
Hutchinson played in the second half despite suffering a mild concussion when hit by Jason Chorak and Nigel Burton late in the first half. He came out then for backup Todd Husak.
Hutchinson said the whole second half was a blur to him.
``I’ll have to look at the film to tell you what happened,″ he said. ``I remember some plays, but not too many.″
Hutchinson was 12-of-21 for 148 yards with one interception. Fortney was 8-for-14 for 118 yards and one touchdown and Huard was 5-for-16 for 102 yards and a touchdown with one interception.