Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Devon Cajuste hauled in two of Kevin Hogan's
three touchdown passes, and a pair of interception returns helped punctuate a
55-17 triumph for fifth-ranked Stanford over Washington State on Saturday at
Hogan amassed a career-high 286 yards through the air, with his only blemish
an interception on a day in which he completed 16 of his 25 passes. Cajuste
highlighted a four-catch, 115-yard performance with 57 and 33-yard scores for
Stanford (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12), which has won six straight over the Cougars.
Third-quarter interception returns from Jordan Richards and Trent Murphy
helped break the game open, as the Cardinal defense held Washington State
(3-2, 1-1) to just three points over the first three quarters.
Cougars signal caller Connor Halliday threw for 183 yards and an interception
on 24-of-36 efficiency. He was forced to leave the game shortly after taking a
hard shot on his interception in the third.
Gabe Marks and Rickey Galvin had 47 and 8-yard touchdown receptions,
respectively, late in the fourth quarter with the outcome already decided.
Cajuste's long touchdown receptions came on back-to-back drives to open a 17-3
lead for Stanford, which scored on its first three possessions of the game and
maintained that margin by halftime.
It was on its way to a fourth straight score, but Hogan had a pass picked off
in the back corner of the end zone by Deone Buchanon, stalling a 17-play drive
that chewed up over nine minutes of second quarter clock.
Andrew Furney had Washington State's only points of the half with his 36-yard
field goal on the team's opening drive. He had a chance to cut into Stanford's
lead after the turnover, but had a 45-yard attempt sail wide left.
The Cardinal defense made a fourth down stop on the Cougars' opening set of
the second half, then forced Halliday into a turnover on their ensuing drive.
Murphy crushed Halliday into the ground as he threw a pass up and into the
hands of Richards, who took it 30 yards the other way for a score. Halliday
attempted to stay in the game on the Cougars' next drive, but exited after
clutching his back on a screen pass.
Stanford put Washington State out of its misery soon after. Hogan launched a
45-yard TD pass to Michael Rector, then Murphy picked off backup quarterback
Austin Apodaca for a 30-yard score to move Stanford's advantage to 38-3.
Jordan Williamson, whose 28-yard kick gave Stanford its first points of the
game, pushed his team's lead to 41-3 with a 27-yard boot early in the fourth.
Remound Wright and Barry Sanders added 53 and 22-yard rushing scores,
respectively, later in the frame to cap the scoring for the Cardinal. For
Sanders, the son of the Hall of Fame running back, it was the first TD of his
Stanford is 9-0 with Hogan as the starter ... The Cardinal have recorded at
least one takeaway in a nation-best 28 straight games ... Halliday entered the
contest with nine touchdowns over his previous two games ... Washington State
has lost eight games in a row to top-five opponents ... The Cougars were
aiming for their first 4-1 start since 2003.
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