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           === No. 5 Stanford holds on late to defeat Washington ===
 
 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
 down.
 
 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
 game was."
 
 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
 the frame.
 
 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.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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
 284 yards.
 
 
 
 10/06 03:42:12 ET

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