Stanford’s offense has had trouble moving the ball all year. Washington’s defense has been one of the best on the West Coast in 2019.
Naturally, the two met on the Farm on Saturday night and #Pac12AfterDark intervened with predictable results: a Cardinal that moved the ball well to take a 13-10 lead at halftime.
Making yet another start at quarterback with K.J. Costello beat up, Davis Mills threw for 213 yards and a touchdown against the Huskies once vaunted secondary. The former five-star looked firmly in command of an offense that averaged over eight yards per play and soaked up the clock like you would expect. Cameron Scarlett chipped in with 59 yards rushing to complete the effort on the ground.
Washington wasn’t awful by any stretch through two quarters but they weren’t sharp either. Jacob Eason threw for 86 yards and a touchdown to keep pace but the Huskies converted just two third downs and had issues sustaining drives. Richard Newton rushed for 36 yards while Salvon Ahmed was bottled up and limited to just seven yards.
Chris Petersen’s team is one of the few Pac-12 programs who can legitimately say they have an outside shot at making waves nationally in the College Football Playoff race but that doesn’t quite look the case at the break against Stanford right now. There’s still a lot of football left to be play but both sides can claim they badly need this one on the left side of the ledger so an interesting second half awaits in Palo Alto.