Stanford Shuts Down High-scoring Washington State in 10-7 Victory
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Stanford kicker Joshua Karty hit the go-ahead field goal with less than 6 minutes left, and the Cardinal defense shut out Washington State in the second half in a gritty 10-7 victory on Saturday night.
The Cardinal (3-6, 2-5) snapped a six-game losing streak to the Cougars in the last Pac-12 Conference matchup between these longtime league foes. Next year Stanford will move to the ACC while the Cougars’ conference fate is uncertain.
Washington State (4-5, 1-5) lost its fifth straight game after starting the season 4-0 and reaching No. 13 in The AP Top 25 poll.
After a quiet three quarters, Stanford wide receiver Elic Ayomanor caught a key 30-yard pass on third down and Cardinal backup QB Justin Lamson converted a fourth-and-1 to set up Karty’s 31-yard field goal with 5:56 remaining.
The Cardinal forced a three-and-out on the Cougars’ ensuing possession and salted away the final five minutes with a 10-play drive.
Washington State, which had one of the nation’s most explosive offenses in the first month of the season, managed 57 yards and five first downs in the second half.
“It was a spectacular night for the defense,” Stanford first-year coach Troy Taylor said. “They have had some tough games, but this is one best defensive performances I’ve been part of.”
Stanford quarterback Ashton Daniels was 15 of 31 passing for 115 yards. Sam Roush had seven catches for 61 yards, including a crucial 27-yard grab on a fake-reverse pass from Lamson.
Lamson led the Cardinal with 54 rushing yards and ran for a 1-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to pull Stanford even at 7-7. He effectively ended the game with a 2-yard rush on fourth-and-1 with 2:36 left. The Cardinal were able to run the remaining time off the clock and picked up their third road victory.
“Justin played lights out,” Daniels said of his fellow quarterback. “The way he runs, he’s just so physical and he runs so hard. His versatility is outstanding.”
Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward passed for 240 yards and one touchdown. Wideout Lincoln Victor had 12 catches for 66 yards, and Josh Kelly caught four passes for 82 yards. Kelly had the only touchdown for Washington State on a 9-yard TD catch in the second quarter.
Washington State had a chance to take the lead early in the fourth quarter but kicker Dean Janikowski missed a 43-yard field goal attempt. Ward was sacked on the previous two plays after the Cougars had second-and-1 at the Stanford 10.
“We’re better than this result. I believe that.” Cougars coach Jake Dickert said. “So I take that on me. That’s my responsibility to have the team ready in every phase of the game to win.”
Washington State was without its top two running backs, Nakia Watson and Dylan Paine, because of injuries. Watson took two early carries before leaving.
Redshirt freshman running back Djouvensky Schlenbaker, in his first career start, had 34 yards on 13 carries.
The Cougars also played with starting cornerback Chau Smith-Wade due to injury.
Stanford: The Cardinal showed lots of moxie in wet, ugly conditions on the Palouse. After giving Washington a major battle the week before, this win continues the upward trend in Taylor’s first season.
Washington State: The tailspin continues. Over the last few weeks the Cougars’ biggest problem had been their defense. Against Stanford it was an offense that went totally quiet in the second half.
Stanford: At No. 16 Oregon State on Saturday.
Washington State: At California on Saturday.