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               === No. 19 Stanford gets past Washington State ===
 
 Stanford,  CA  (Sports Network) - Josh  Nunes had a touchdown passing and Ryan
 Hewitt  added  one on  the ground  as No. 19  Stanford edged Washington State,
 24-17.
 
 Nunes passed for just 136 yards on 7-of-15 attempts while Stepfan Taylor added
 58  yards on 21 carries for the Cardinal (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12), who have won their
 past two.
 
 Jeff  Tuel  was 43-for-60 for  401 yards,  two touchdowns and one interception
 while  Dominique  Williams and Kristoff  Williams each caught a touchdown pass
 for the Cougars (2-6, 0-5), who have dropped five straight games.
 
 "Stanford  played  more mature than  we did. The maturity  was ahead of us and
 they  won the game,"  Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "We need to keep
 growing up, but I thought we improved."
 
 With the game tied to start the second half, the Cardinal began the third with
 the ball and took the lead.
 
 The team converted three third downs on the drive and the 13th play saw Hewitt
 punch  the ball into the end zone from a yard out to give the Cardinal a 17-10
 lead with 8:04 left in the third.
 
 Neither  team  could get anything going  offensively for the rest of the third
 quarter and the first points of the fourth came from Stanford's defense.
 
 Deep  in Washington State territory, Tuel threw a pass that Ed Reynolds picked
 off  and returned  25 yards into the  end zone to give Stanford some breathing
 room, making it a 24-10 game with 10:43 to play.
 
 The  Cougars came back with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that saw the team make it
 a  one-score game after Tuel and Kristoff Williams combine for a 10-yard score
 with 6:29 to play.
 
 Stanford  ran off  close to  three  minutes of  the clock  before punting  and
 Washington State got the ball back at its own 20 with 3:37 to play.
 
 It appeared to be over as the Cougars faced a 4th-and-21, but Tuel found Bobby
 Ratliff  for  a 25-yard gain,  giving Washington  State 1st-and-goal at the 9.
 However,  Tuel was then called for intentional grounding on a sack to push the
 ball back to the 19 and he was again sacked on the final play of the game.
 
 "One  of the things I love about my guys is we play hard. They played hard the
 whole  game," Stanford coach  David Shaw said. "We had some guys who made some
 individual  plays that  were outstanding,  but  I think  we can  play so  much
 better, and we're going to need to."
 
 Stanford's  first possession  of the game bore fruit as an eight-play, 33-yard
 march was capped on a Jordan Williamson 42-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with
 8:23 to play in the first.
 
 The  score stayed that way until the second quarter when Washington State took
 the  lead. On  the 11th  play of  the drive,  from the  3-yard line,  Tuel and
 Dominique Williams got together for a score and a 7-3 advantage with 8:13 left
 in the half.
 
 Stanford  answered quickly  as the  second  play saw  Nunes find  Jamal-Rashad
 Patterson for a 70-yard score and a 10-7 lead.
 
 Following  a failed  fourth down  from the  Cougars and  a three-and-out  from
 Stanford,  Washington State found itself at its own 37 with 1:56 to play. That
 was  plenty  of time for the  team to get  into scoring position and an Andrew
 Furney 24-yard field goal tied the game at the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Stanford  plays  at Colorado next Saturday  ... Washington State plays at Utah
 ...  The Cougars  finished the  game  with minus-16  yards on  23 carries  ...
 Stanford  has won five straight against Washington State and leads the series,
 37-25-1.
 
 10/28 03:29:45 ET