Keith Price hit Kasen Williams for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 4:53 left in the fourth quarter and cornerback Desmond Trufant intercepted a Josh Nunes pass to secure Washington’s 17-13 upset victory over No. 8 Stanford Thursday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cardinal (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) and gave the Huskies (3-1, 1-0) their first victory over a top ten team in three years. The last time Washington beat a top ten team was way back on Sept. 19, 2009 when the knocked off No. 3 USC, 16-13.
Washington’s defense held Stanford to 65 total yards rushing and forced two turnovers including Nunes’ pick that sealed the win for the Huskies.
Price was 19-of-37 for 177 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Bishop Sankey had a career-high 144 yards on 20 carries including a 61-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put cut an early Stanford lead to 13-10. Williams finished with 129 yards on 10 catches.
Stanford got on the board first with a 31-yard Jordan Williamson field goal in the first quarter but Washington answered back with a 43-yard Travis Coons field goal to tie it up 3-3 after one. Williamson added a 28-yard field goal with 1:10 left in the first half to give Stanford a 6-3 halftime lead.
In the third, Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy picked off a Price pass and returned it 40-yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 13-3. However, Sankey’s long touchdown run at the end of the third quarter made it a 3-point game.
After Williams’ touchdowns to put the Huskies up 17-13, Stanford had one more shot and drive the ball down the field to the Washington 34-yard line before Nunes threw an out-pattern that was picked off by Trufant.
Nunes finished the day 18-of-37 for 170 yards with no touchdowns and the interception. Stepfan Taylor, who was second in the Pac-12 in rushing, finished with 75 yards on 21 carries.
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