Oct 30, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  Stanford Cardinal linebacker Gabe Reid (90) pressures Washington Huskies quarterback Dylan Morris (9) during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Huskies score with 21 seconds left to beat Stanford

Dylan Morris threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan with 21 seconds remaining as Washington defeated host Stanford 20-13 in a Pacific-12 Conference game Saturday night.

Peyton Henry kicked four field goals for the Huskies (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12), who won at Stanford for the first time since 2007.

The Huskies got the ball back at their own 33-yard line with 2:51 left.

Morris threw an 11-yard pass to McMillan and Sean McGrew rushed for 16 yards to get them into Stanford territory. Cameron Davis gained 6 yards on third-and-4 from the 34 and Morris scampered for 7 yards to give UW a third-and-2 from the 20. Instead of setting up a field goal, Morris threw a strike to McMillan in the back right corner of the end zone.

The Huskies piled up 229 yards rushing, with McGrew gaining 114 yards on 19 carries and Davis adding 99 yards on 18 attempts. Morris completed 17-of-25 passes for 146 yards.

Trailing 12-3 entering the fourth quarter, the Cardinal took the lead as quarterback Tanner McKee scored on a 1-yard sneak and Joshua Karty added a 43-yard field goal with 7:05 remaining.

McKee was 21-of-32 passing for 194 yards with two interceptions, the latter by Washington’s Brendan Radley-Hiles with 6 seconds left. McKee’s first interception and a lost fumble on a sack led to UW field goals.

Austin Jones rushed 16 times for 62 yards for the Cardinal (3-5, 2-4), who suffered their third straight loss.

Washington took a 9-3 halftime lead as both teams failed to convert red-zone trips into touchdowns.

Karty kicked a 35-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game.

It remained 3-0 until the second quarter, when Henry hit from 24, 37 and 32 yards, capping drives of 57, 50 and 81 yards. The last kick came on the final play of the half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) is chased out of the pocket by Stanford Cardinal defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry (50) in the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Max Borghi’s late TD lifts Washington State past Stanford

Max Borghi’s 2-yard touchdown run with 1:30 remaining gave Washington State a 34-31 victory over Stanford, increasing the Cougars’ winning streak to five games over the Cardinal, in a Pac-12 game Saturday at Pullman, Wash.

Borghi’s touchdown capped a 70-yard possession that included Jayden de Laura completing two of three passes for 58 yards.

De Laura completed 17 of 30 passes for 289 yards in the game with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Stanford’s last possession ended on Tanner McKee’s fumble while being sacked by Quinn Roff. Brennan Jackson made the recovery.

Washington State (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) achieved its first five-game winning streak against Stanford since the Cougars won eight consecutive games from 1957 to 1964.

The Cougars have won three straight games this season while Stanford (3-4, 2-3) suffered its second straight loss after upsetting Oregon two weeks ago.

The Cardinal rallied from a 27-16 deficit with two time-consuming touchdowns on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter.

They cut the lead to 27-24 on McKee’s 1-yard run following a nine-play, 74-yard drive that took 5:23.

Stanford’s next possession resulted in McKee connecting with Austin Jones on an 8-yard scoring pass to give the Cardinals a 31-27 lead. The play capped an 11-play, 85-yard drive that took 5:28.

McKee, who was sacked four times, completed 23 of 32 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

After falling behind 13-0 in the first quarter, Washington State’s offense came alive in the second quarter with three touchdown passes by de Laura.

He completed a 32-yard pass to Travell Harris with 13:24 left in the second quarter to open the Cougars’ scoring.

De Laura capped the next drive with a 31-yard scoring strike to Calvin Jackson Jr. with 9:21 left in the half. Dean Janikowski’s extra-point attempt was blocked by Thomas Booker and the game remained tied at 13.

Stanford’s Nathaniel Peat fumbled the ball on Stanford’s 10 and Chris Jackson recovered it for Washington State at the Cardinal 10.

De Laura completed a touchdown pass to De’Zhaun Stribling on the following play to give the Cougars a 20-13 lead with 3:07 left in the half.

Borghi, who had 89 yards on 17 carries, increased Washington State’s lead to 27-16 with 4:34 left in the third quarter on a 2-yard run, completing a seven-play, 66-yard drive.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich looks on during a game against the USC Trojans in the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State looks to build on win streak at home vs. Stanford

Since a humbling 31-point loss at home to USC after leading by two touchdowns on Sept. 18, Washington State has become competitive in the Pac-12 North Division.

The Cougars, who led 13-10 in the fourth quarter at Utah before losing 24-13 a week after the loss to USC, have defeated California in Berkeley, Calif., and Oregon State at home in the last two weeks.

Stanford goes to Pullman, Wash., on Saturday, and Washington State is hoping to keep its momentum while the Cardinal, who lost at Arizona State last week after upsetting Oregon at home, are looking to get on a winning track.

Both teams are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-12.

“This team deserves so much credit for what they’ve been through,” Washington State coach Nick Rolovich said. “They’ve kept grinding. The mindset of the team leadership to keep this group going is pretty incredible.”

One of the leaders is Jayden de Laura, recruited to Washington State from Honolulu after Rolovich left Hawaii to become the Cougars’ head coach before the 2020 season.

The sophomore quarterback completed 32 of 46 pass attempts for 399 yards and three touchdowns and one interception in the Cougars’ win over Oregon State, which entered the game with a 2-0 conference record.

His top target, Travell Harris, caught eight passes for 147 yards.

“He’s grown the trust of everyone in this program,” Rolovich said of de Laura. “He makes everything around him better.”

Washington State, which has beaten Oregon State eight straight times, will look to build on its four-game winning streak against Stanford. The Cardinal won eight consecutive games against the Cougars until the recent streak for Washington State that was started under former coach Mike Leach.

“We all know, our conference is insane,” Stanford coach David Shaw said after losing to Arizona State after upsetting Oregon. “The idea that we go too far and celebrate one victory, that does us no good.

“We have to block everything out and concentrate on Washington State because that is a good football team.”

The Cardinal and Cougars are geared toward the pass.

Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee threw for 356 yards and a touchdown, but he also had his first three interceptions of the season in the loss at Arizona State.

Elijah Higgins tallied 110 yards on seven catches with a touchdown, while sophomore tight end Benjamin Yurosek added 118 yards on six catches.

— Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2021; Tempe, Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) runs for a touchdown against Stanford during PAC-12 action at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Jayden Daniels leads No. 22 Arizona State past Stanford

Jayden Daniels scored on a long run and DeAndre Pierce notched a defensive touchdown to lead No. 22 Arizona State to a 28-10 victory over Stanford in Pac-12 play on Friday night at Tempe, Ariz.

Daniels scored on a 51-yard keeper while rushing for 76 yards. He also completed 14 of 23 passes for 175 yards as the Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) won their third straight game.

Rachaad White rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown and Elijhah Badger also had a rushing score for Arizona State. Jordan Clark, Jack Jones and Keon Markham had interceptions, and Tyler Johnson had two of the Sun Devils’ five sacks.

Tanner McKee completed 27 of 45 passes for 356 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Cardinal (3-3, 2-2). Elijah Higgins caught seven passes for 110 yards and one touchdown, and Benjamin Yurosek had six receptions for 118 yards.

Arizona State outgained Stanford 255 to 9 on the ground. Overall, the Sun Devils had 430 yards to the Cardinal’s 365.

Stanford pulled within 21-10 on Ryan Sanborn’s 32-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

The next time the Cardinal had possession, McKee was intercepted by Jones. But as he was about to be tackled, Jones lateraled the ball to Pierce, who ran 27 yards for a touchdown to give Arizona State an 18-point lead with 2:38 left in the game.

Daniels passed for 114 yards and rushed for 66 in the first half as the Sun Devils took a 21-7 lead.

Daniels scored Arizona State’s first touchdown with his legs as he dropped back to pass and saw nothing but open space in front of him. He took off and easily scored on the 51-yard run with 7:12 left in the opening quarter.

Just over three minutes later, Stanford knotted the score when McKee tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Higgins.

The Sun Devils regained the lead when White scored on a 5-yard run with 1:05 left in the stanza. Arizona State moved ahead 21-7 when Badger scored on a 22-yard run with 10:24 left in the half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Stanford, California, USA;  Oregon Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown (13) scores during the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford rallies to stun No. 3 Oregon in OT, 31-24

The Oregon-Stanford rivalry has seen some close games in its recent history, and Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, Calif., will go down as an all-time stunner.

Stanford scored a touchdown on an untimed down on the last play of regulation, then scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tanner McKee to John Humphreys in overtime and held on for a 31-24 upset of the third-ranked Ducks.

Oregon had the ball last and was forced to go for a first down on fourth-and-8, but Anthony Brown’s pass fell incomplete to end the game.

The Ducks (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to take a 24-17 lead in the fourth quarter, scoring on three consecutive drives in the second half.

But Oregon’s defense, without its top two players for much of the final Stanford drive and all of overtime due to an injury to Noah Sewell and a targeting ejection to Kayvon Thibodeaux, couldn’t preserve the lead.

Oregon also lost one of its top running backs this season, CJ Verdell, to a third-quarter foot injury. Verdell had 63 rushing yards and a touchdown before getting carted off the field.

Stanford (3-2, 2-1) stopped Oregon on downs near the goal line just before halftime to take a 17-7 lead into the break, and seemingly had all the momentum. But they needed a major comeback to win.

Stanford got the ball with 1:59 left to play at its own 13-yard line with a chance to tie. McKee, shaken up after a hard hit, got the ball to the 2-yard line. A defensive holding penalty on fourth down gave the Cardinal one more chance with an untimed down, and McKee hit Elijah Higgins for a touchdown pass to send the game to overtime.

In overtime, McKee found Humphreys and Stanford held to get the win. McKee went 20 for 33 for 230 yards and three touchdowns.

Travis Dye led the Ducks with 96 rushing yards.

–Field Level Media

Oregon's CJ Verdell, center, rushes against Stony Brook during the first quarter.

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No. 3 Oregon visits Stanford for key Pac-12 North game

A college football rivalry that heated up a decade ago when Stanford and Oregon battled for division and conference supremacy renews on Saturday afternoon when the third-ranked Ducks go to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on the host Cardinal.

No. 3 Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2014 season, when the Ducks made it to the national championship game. Beating Stanford would put Oregon in even better position in early October than that team, which was upset by Arizona on Oct. 2 seven years ago.

Since 2009 in the Oregon-Stanford series, each team has won six games and lost six, although the Ducks have handled the Cardinal in each of the past two seasons. And since the league expanded and moved to divisions in 2011, Stanford or Oregon has represented the Pac-12 North eighth times in 10 conference title games.

Oregon is coming off a 41-19 win over Arizona last Saturday at home in which they led by just 24-19 early in the fourth quarter before taking over. In that game, the Ducks intercepted five passes, which made them a plus-12 in turnover margin — the top mark in the country this season.

The five interceptions were the most for the program since the Ducks picked off six passes against California on Nov. 13, 1999. Oregon’s 13 takeaways are the best in college football, and their nine interceptions are tied for the most in the nation.

On the Oregon offense, running back CJ Verdell is averaging 5.6 yards a carry and 85.8 yards a game this season and needs just 26 rushing yards to move into the school’s career top five in that category.

Oregon leads the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging 38.8 points.

Head coach Mario Cristobal said he feels good about the health of star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was on a snap count against Arizona of six to 10 plays. Thibodeaux missed the previous two games with an ankle injury.

“He’s in good shape to play. We’ll see if he’s in good enough shape to play an entire game. I think he will,” Cristobal said. “There were no issues and no physical limitations. It was important that he got in that game and got himself some snaps.”

The Cardinal (2-2, 1-1) played in its own stadium for the first time this season last Saturday and fell to No. 24 UCLA 35-24. Stanford lost to unranked Kansas State in Arlington, Texas, upset then-No. 14 USC in Los Angeles, overpowered Vanderbilt in Nashville and lost at home to the Bruins.

Quarterback Tanner McKee was 19 for 32 for 293 yards with three touchdowns and led Stanford with 42 yards rushing after running back Nathaniel Peat was held to just 27 yards on 13 carries.

Stanford head coach David Shaw said a slow start led to his team’s loss.

“You can’t spot a good team 13, 14 points,” Shaw said after the Cardinal faced 14-0 and 21-7 deficits. “We’re getting towards that midseason point and starting to have a really good idea of what we do well and what we don’t. Hopefully we’ll do more positive things the rest of the year.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Nathaniel Peat (8) scores on an 87-yard touchdown run against the Southern California Trojans in the first quarter at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tanner McKee leads Stanford to upset of No. 14 USC

Tanner McKee threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Stanford rolled over No. 14 USC 42-28 in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Stanford (1-1, 1-0 Pac-12) was a considerable underdog after sputtering through a 24-7 loss to Kansas State in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 4.

But with McKee given full control of the offense after splitting snaps with Jack West in the opener, the Cardinal moved the ball effectively with a balance of run and pass.

McKee finished 16-of-23 passing for 234 yards, with touchdown throws of three yards to Elijah Higgins and six yards to Brycen Tremayne. Higgins led Stanford with five receptions for 67 yards.

Stanford finished with 39 yards rushing against Kansas State, but picked up 87 on Nathaniel Peat’s first-quarter touchdown carry on Saturday.

Peat led all ball-carriers with 115 yards on just six rushes, and he was one of three Cardinal players to run for touchdowns. McKee scored on a goal-line sneak, and Isaiah Sanders followed suit from two yards out.

USC (1-1, 0-1) had no answer for Stanford’s offense on one end, and failed to jump-start its own offense on the other.

Kedon Slovis went 27-of-42 passing for 223 yards. He connected with Drake London on an 11-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, part of London’s four-catch, 68-yard performance.

Slovis threw one interception, which Stanford’s Kyu Blu Kelly returned 31 yards for a touchdown. The pick-six came late in the third quarter and sent fans streaming toward the exits. It punctuated a night filled with errors that plagued USC.

A targeting penalty against placekicker Parker Lewis on the opening kickoff foreshadowed things to come for USC, which was penalized nine times for 109 yards. Lewis’ ejection left kicking duties to Alex Stadthaus, who connected on field goals of 24 and 33 yards.

Trojans flags also facilitated Stanford’s second touchdown drive. USC was penalized three times for 33 yards on the possession, including a pass interference on a would-be third-down stop.

An offsides that turned a Cardinal field-goal attempt on fourth-and-goal from the 7-yard line turned into a McKee touchdown pass from the 3-yard line to answer Keaontay Ingram’s goal-line touchdown run earlier in the quarter.

The Cardinal led for the rest of the way.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA;   USC Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis (9) sets to pass in the first half of the game against the San Jose State Spartans at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

No. 14 USC meets Stanford in early Pac-12 play

Pac-12 Conference play will kick off Saturday night in Los Angeles between in-state rivals Stanford and No. 14 Southern California.

The Trojans (1-0) overcame a sluggish offensive performance, including four red-zone opportunities that produced just one touchdown and three field goals, with a stifling defense in a 30-7 Week 1 win over San Jose State.

The first two of the Trojans’ three touchdowns came off interceptions: the first, a Drake Jackson pick in San Jose State territory that set up a 29-yard Kedon Slovis scoring strike to Tahj Washington; and the second, Greg Johnson’s 37-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.

“I was just dropping in my zone and reading the quarterback’s eyes,” Johnson said. “I noticed that they ran that play earlier in the game, so I just made the most of the opportunity.”

Opportunity is a key word for both the Trojans and Pac-12 counterpart Stanford (0-1), which coach David Shaw said fell victim to an “opportunistic” opponent Week 1 in Kansas State.

The Cardinal sputtered offensively in a 24-7 loss, scoring only in the fourth quarter after the outcome no longer was in doubt. The Cardinal gained just 233 total yards and only 39 rushing, gave up three sacks, and were penalized nine times for 65 yards.

Penalties and negative-yardage rushing plays forced Stanford into repeated third-and-long situations, which resulted in the Cardinal going just 4-of-12 on third-down conversion attempts.

Shaw said Tanner McKee will start at quarterback Saturday. McKee threw for Stanford’s lone score in the opener — a 14-yarder to Bryce Tremayne. McKee finished 15-of-18 for 118 yards and split time with Jack West, who was 8-of-12 for 76 yards.

The Trojans, meanwhile, will look to turn up the pressure after going without a sack in Week 1.

Jackson, the team’s sack leader in 2019 with 5.5, said following last week’s win that the inability to get to San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was a rare disappointment on an otherwise solid outing for the Trojans defense.

Stanford’s defense was left in unfavorable situations due to offensive inefficiency — only one of Kansas State’s scoring drives covered more than 62 yards. That came on a 71-yard drive, capped by a 59-yard Deuce Vaughn touchdown run.

Wide receiver Drake London is USC’s primary big-play threat. Among his 12 receptions in Week 1 was a game-long 34-yarder.

–Field Level Media

Nevada Wolf Pack head football coach Jay Norvell is seen running practice on Aug. 2.

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Nevada moves practices to Stanford due to Dixie Fire

The University of Nevada relocated its football practices to Stanford, Calif., for the next week due to the poor air quality in the Reno area caused by the Dixie Fires.

The Wolf Pack will practice three times and scrimmage once at Stanford. They will return to Reno after the scrimmage.

Nevada will practice in the mornings and Stanford will practice in the afternoons. The Wolf Pack will not use any other facility on campus other than the practice field.

The Dixie Fires had caused air-quality problems across the western United States. For Nevada — which does not have an indoor facility — it has significantly limited team practices.

“It’s literally affected every day of our practice for the last week and a half,” Nevada coach Jay Norvell told ESPN. “We’ve only had about half of our practices outside, and even those were limited to the number of players who can be there. We just can’t function anymore; we’ve got to make sure we get the remainder of our training camp where everybody participates in these full practices.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2020; Pasadena, California, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) throws the ball before the game against the Southern California Trojans at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford looks to end season on high note vs. UCLA

Two teams hoping to finish with a winning record go head-to-head when Stanford visits UCLA on Saturday night in Pasadena, Calif.

The game pits a hot Stanford club (3-2) that’s won three in a row against a UCLA squad (3-3) that would like to believe one more win would be a springboard to a bowl bid.

Both teams have helped put entertainment back into Pac-12 football this season, with Stanford’s last four games having been decided by a total of 12 points, while UCLA’s three losses have been by a cumulative 14 points.

There’s been nothing competitive about recent Stanford-UCLA matchups. The Cardinal had won 11 in a row — including a meeting in the 2012 Pac-12 championship game — before UCLA went north and clobbered the Cardinal 34-16 last season.

Joshua Kelley ran all over Stanford that day with 176 yards, and even without the since-graduated star, the Bruins had a nice thing going on the ground last week in a 43-38 loss to Southern Cal, riding Demetric Felton (90 yards) and Dorian Thompson-Robinson (50) to a 185-yard day.

Ethan Fernea hauled in a TD pass from Thompson-Robinson in the loss, a setback that didn’t necessarily eliminate the Bruins from bowl consideration. The Bruins haven’t been to a bowl since 2017, and they haven’t finished with a winning record since 2015.

“As far as I’m concerned, we’re not bowl-eligible until we have a winning season,” Fernea noted. “So we have to win that Stanford game before we start thinking about other stuff.”

Stanford announced this week it would not accept a bowl bid if offered. So the Cardinal, who have beaten California, Washington and Oregon State their last three times out behind the strong play of quarterback Davis Mills, have been fully focused on UCLA this week as they’ve prepared for the game in nearby Santa Barbara.

“For this team to come back after being on the road the last few weeks and be on a three-game win streak, facing all kinds of odds,” Stanford coach David Shaw gushed this week. “We talk so much about character and recruiting the right guys. We push each other; we support each other.”

The Cardinal had a run of 10 straight years in a bowl game snapped last season, when they went 4-8. Stanford currently has the same record as Oregon (3-2), but the Ducks were chosen to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship game this week by virtue of a season-opening win over the Cardinal.

Mills did not play in that game. He has completed 71 percent of his passes (65-for-91) in the three-game winning streak.

UCLA’s Thompson-Robinson has seen his completion percentage improve in each of his four starts, capped by a near-perfect, 30-for-36, 364-yard, four-TD effort last week against Southern Cal.

–Field Level Media