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No. 7 Stanford sets rushing record, pounds UW

Oct 23, 2011 - 5:26 AM Palo Alto, CA (Sports Network) - Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson led a potent rushing attack, and No. 7 Stanford extended the nation's longest winning streak to 15 games with a 65-21 rout of No 22 Washington.

Taylor rushed for 138 yards and a score on 10 carries for the Cardinal (7-0, 5-0 Pac-12), who have won 10 in a row at home. Gaffney carried nine times for 117 yards and a touchdown, while Wilkerson rushed for 93 yards and two scores on 14 carries.

Stanford set a single-game school record with 446 rushing yards and ended with 615 yards of total offense.

Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck completed 16-of-21 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

"We were very aware of it when we broke it," Luck said. "What a testament to the O-line, to the coach, the tight ends, to the fullbacks and wide receivers. It was a total team effort on the ground today, but first of all, to the backs making it happen with unbelievable plays. They're special athletes, and it's fun to have four of them, four really good ones. It's a fun thing to be apart of."

Keith Price connected on 23-of-36 passes for 247 yards, one touchdown and an interception for the Huskies (5-2, 3-1), who had scored 30 or more points in each of their first six games this season.

Chris Polk carried the ball 15 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns in defeat.

"We got beat in all three phases," Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "They're a good football team, I tip my hat to Stanford. There's a reason why they've done what they've done. They did a nice job, I thought they had a nice gameplan, they executed very well, they took care of the football, their kicking game was excellent and we were spotty."

The Cardinal put together a six-play, 76-yard scoring drive to open the game. Chris Owusu got Stanford's ground game going with a 45-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Jeremy Stewart capped the march with a two-yard TD run for an early 7-0 lead.

Jordan Williamson made a 39-yard field goal on Stanford's next possession to make it 10-0.

Polk kept Washington in the game with a 46-yard TD run with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

The Cardinal promptly responded with an eight-play, 80-yard drive. Coby Fleener's one-yard TD catch gave the home team a 17-7 edge.

Another big run from Polk, this one a 61-yarder, made it a three-point game again, cutting the gap to 17-14.

But Taylor sprinted 70 yards into the end zone on the first play of Stanford's ensuing possession to make it 24-14.

Erik Folk missed a 46-yarder for the Huskies, and Drew Terrell capitalized for the Cardinal with a five-yard TD catch.

Michael Thomas then intercepted Price and went 62 yards the other way for a touchdown to give Stanford a 38-14 lead at the half.

Gaffney added a four-yard TD run on Stanford's first possession of the second half for a 45-14 margin. Williamson made a 30-yarder with under four minutes to go in the third quarter.

Evan Hudson caught a two-yard TD pass early in the fourth for Washington, but Wilkerson responded with an 18-yard TD run to make it a 55-21 game.

Williamson's 32-yarder and Wilkerson's 38-yard TD run accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

Washington holds a 40-38-4 advantage in the all-time series. However, Stanford has closed the gap of late, winning four straight and six of the last seven meetings. Stanford's current four-game winning streak against the Huskies is its longest since winning 10 in a row from 1967-76...Polk's 17th career 100- yard day has him tied with Napoleon Kaufman for UW's all-time record...Stanford's 446 yards rushing eclipsed the 439 yards at Oregon State in 1981...Stanford has defeated its last 10 opponents by 25 points or more...Washington is the first opponent to score over 20 points against the Cardinal since Washington State last year (28).