Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Montgomery returned the opening kickoff
99 yards for a score and added a touchdown grab, while Stanford's defense
stood tall down the stretch, as the fifth-ranked Cardinal edged No. 15
Washington, 31-28, in a Pac-12 clash at Stanford Stadium.
Washington's Keith Price put forth a valiant effort, throwing for 350 yards
and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard scoring strike to Jaydon Mickens that
brought the Huskies within three with 2:38 left in the contest.
Following a Stanford three-and-out, Price moved the Huskies into Stanford
territory and on 4th-and-10 from the 49-yard line, the Washington quarterback
evaded a number of defenders behind the line before firing a strike to Kevin
Smith, who appeared to make a diving grab along the right sideline for a first
However, video review showed the ball slipped through Smith's hands and hit
the ground, giving possession back to the Cardinal, who ran out the remainder
of the clock with a pair of kneel downs.
"It's unfortunate the game had to come down to a judgment call like that,"
Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said. "That part was unfortunate because it was
two good football teams battling and competing with one another and I wish the
game would have got won on the field and not in the booth upstairs with some
guy that didn't get to feel the emotion in the hard-fought football game that
Stanford signal-caller Kevin Hogan completed 12-of-20 passes for 105 yards,
one touchdown and one interception, while adding 37 yards and a score on 10
carries for the Cardinal (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12), who extended their winning streak
to 13 games.
"We were in a fight and down to the last minute, obviously," Montgomery said.
"We showed that we can stand in there and we can finish a game and win in a
fight if we have to."
Price connected on 33-of-48 throws with an interception, while Bishop Sankey
carried the ball 27 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies
(4-1, 1-1), who were looking for their first 5-0 start since 1992.
Sankey's 15-yard TD scamper late in the third brought the Huskies within
24-21, but Montgomery returned the ensuing kick 68 yards, setting up Tyler
Gaffney's 11-yard touchdown run that restored the Cardinal's 10-point edge.
Following an exchange of punts, Price led his squad down to the Stanford 7,
but on the 18th play of the trek, Price's pass was batted at the line and
landed in the arms of Stanford's A.J. Tarpley to end the march with just over
six minutes left in the game.
Montgomery sparked Stanford from the start, fielding the opening kickoff near
his own goal line and picking up a pair of big blocks before racing down the
right side for a 99-yard score to make it 7-0 just 12 seconds into the game.
Jordan Williamson buried a 33-yard field goal on the second play of the second
quarter to extend the lead before Washington's offense broke through late in
Price and Sankey moved the Huskies 88 yards in 12 plays, with Price completing
all five passes on the trek and Sankey scampering 27 yards on six carries,
including a strong 7-yard TD run up the middle to bring Washington within 10-7
just 1:03 prior to halftime.
Hogan quickly answered, converting a 3rd-and-1 from the Stanford 48 with a 13-
yard scramble before floating a perfect pass down the right sideline for
Montgomery, who hauled in the 39-yard score to send Stanford into the break
holding a 17-7 cushion.
A 30-yard Sankey run on Washington's third play of the second half set up
Price's 29-yard touchdown pass to Smith, but the Cardinal countered with a 10-
play, 67-yard march that Hogan capped with a 4-yard TD run to make it 24-14
with just over nine minutes left in the third.
Montgomery finished with 290 all-purpose yards ... Stanford has recorded at
least one takeway in 29 straight games, the second longest active streak in
FBS ... Stanford has won each of its last 11 home games in the month of
October ... The Cardinal have won 12 straight home games overall ...
Washington compiled 30 first downs while holding Stanford to 14 first downs
... The Huskies racked up 489 yards of total offense and limited Stanford to
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