Washington’s defensive front sets the tone in blowout victory over Stanford

Facing off against one of the most dynamic players in college football, the Washington football team did anything but shy away from contact during its 44-6 victory over No. 7 Stanford on Friday night.

Honoring the perfect season with the perfect game

As the No. 10 Washington football team honored its 1991 national champions, the players that won the Huskies’ (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) last title must have had deja vu as Washington beat No. 7 Stanford 44-6 at Alaska Airlines Field at…

Photos: Tenth-ranked Huskies chop down No. 7 Stanford

The tenth-ranked Washington Huskies defeated the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal 44-6 at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Sept. 30, 2016.

3 & out: Takeaways as Huskies thrash Stanford in top-10 tilt

Tenth-ranked Washington thrashed No. 7 Stanford 44-6 Friday night, announcing to the rest of the college football world that these Dawgs just might be capable of meeting the lofty expectations placed on them before the season — and perhaps capable of ushering in a new golden era of Huskies football.

Purple Haze: No. 10 Washington rolls No. 7 Stanford 44-6

The Huskies raced to a 23-0 halftime lead, scored early in the second half to go up 30-0 and coasted to their biggest victory over an AP Top 10 team since beating No. 5 Southern California 31-0 in 1990.

Equally important was Washington’s ability to establish a running game.

[…] Stanford star Christian McCaffrey saw his Heisman Trophy aspirations hit a major speed bump.

McCaffrey was held to 49 yards rushing on 12 carries, five catches for 30 yards and continued his streak of never scoring an offensive touchdown in a road game.

Stanford was playing short-handed without starting cornerbacks Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder, starting wide receiver Francis Owusu and starting fullback Daniel Marx.

Starting right tackle Casey Tucker limped off with an apparent leg injury late in the fourth quarter.

Oregon to play Washington State in match of underperformers

Washington State defeated Oregon in double overtime last year, a game that ignited the Cougars’ run to a 9-4 record and a bowl game victory over Miami.

Quarterback Dakota Prukop was intercepted in the end zone on Oregon’s final drive to kill a comeback attempt.

Oregon has been slowed by injuries, with defensive end Jalen Jelks and defensive tackle Drayton Carlberg doubtful to play against the Cougars.

Inexperience is also an issue, with 11 freshmen included on Oregon’s offensive and defensive two-deep depth chart prior to Saturday’s loss to Colorado.

The Ducks do not talk about injuries, but Freeman suffered a leg injury two weeks ago against Nebraska and did not play in Oregon’s loss to Colorado.

Washington State junior running back Jamal Morrow was ejected in the second half of the Idaho game after officials ruled that he appeared to punch an Idaho defender at the end of a special teams play, an act that could have required Morrow to miss the first half of the Oregon game.

Cougars kicker Erik Powell has missed all three of his field goal attempts this season.

From national champions to today’s pack, the Huskies are on track to repeat history

“No. 1” read the headline in the January 6, 1992 edition of The Daily. The 1991-92 Washington football team shared the national championship title with Miami, as both teams ended their respective seasons 12-0.

Top-10 matchup highlights Pac-12 this week

A matchup between top-10 teams and a few games that could make or break teams’ seasons highlight this week in Pac-12 football.

The Cardinal (3-0) have already passed two big tests, knocking off Southern California and UCLA in consecutive weeks.

Washington (4-0) has a talent-laden defense that could have as many as seven future NFL players, but they will be trying to stop arguably the best running back in the country in Christian McCaffrey.

The Buffaloes appeared to be in trouble, having to face Oregon with quarterback Sefo Liufau out with an ankle injury.

Montez filled in quite nicely, accounting for 448 yards of total offense while becoming the first player in school history with 300 yards passing and 100 rushing in the same game.

Spotlight on Seattle: No. 7 Stanford faces No. 10 Washington

[…] in his third season in charge at Washington, is Petersen ready to have the Huskies enter the national conversation the same way his Boise State teams did when they were at their peak?

Because if the Huskies knock off Stanford (3-0, 2-0) and take command of the Pac-12 North race, they won’t just be in contention for a conference crown.

No player is likely to shine brighter than Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, who was “held” to only 109 yards rushing by Washington last year, but made up for the lack of running production by catching five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown, and having 79 yards in kick returns to finish with exactly 300 all-purpose yards in the 31-14 win.

McCaffrey is coming off a relatively quiet performance in last week’s comeback win over UCLA, rushing for 138 yards but only catching two passes for 13 yards.

The Cardinal will be without starting cornerbacks Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder, starting wide receiver Francis Owusu and starting fullback Daniel Marx.

The quarterback who was 5 of 8 for 66 yards passing on Stanford’s final offensive drive as the Cardinal took the lead over UCLA, or the one who was 8 of 17 for 71 yards and an interception for the first 3 ½ quarters?

In 12 career road games, McCaffrey has not scored a touchdown running or receiving.

For the first time in two decades, two top-10 teams take on Montlake

The No. 10 Washington football team is charting unknown territory as it welcomes its first conference opponent to Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff Friday. The Huskies (4-0) easily made it through nonconference play, defeating…

Oregon players hold team meeting after 2 losses

Oregon players held a team meeting without their coaches this week following back-to-back losses.

Veteran players addressed their teammates on a practice field Monday, two days after the Ducks’ 41-38 loss at home to Colorado.

“Those kind of things are almost always positive in the end, good in the end” coach Mark Helfrich said, referring to the players’ meeting during his weekly news conference.

Oregon, which played in the national championship game following both the 2010 and 2014 seasons and which has won at least nine games in each of the last nine seasons, was ranked No. 24 in the preseason and climbed to No. 22 with wins against UC Davis and Idaho State.

There was some talk following the Colorado game that suggested players had grown complacent because Oregon has been among the nation’s elite teams for the better part of the past decade and because of the spoils that have followed that success — including flashy new uniforms every week.

The Ducks could see the return of running back Royce Freeman, who left the Nebraska game early and watched the Colorado game from the sidelines because of a lower leg injury.

COLLEGE PICKS: Separation Saturday with 3 top-10 games

October brings separation to college football as the playoff contenders start to emerge — especially this week.

No. 3 Louisville can take a commanding lead in the ACC Atlantic race at No. 5 Clemson.

Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals already have beaten Florida State and the conference schedule after this looks very manageable.

No. 4 Michigan faces the last and toughest of its five straight games in the Big House to start the season against No. 8 Wisconsin.

Both starting cornerbacks are out injured for the Cardinal against QB Jake Browning, who leads the Pac-12 in efficiency rating (194.88) …

The Wolverines have not beaten a team ranked in the top 10 since 2008, a string of 11 consecutive losses …

Aggies QB Trevor Knight ranks second in the SEC in total offense at 340.8 yards per game …

The Seminoles are second in the ACC in plays of at least 10 yards (76); Tar Heels are third (72) …

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt is 8-0 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, but the Yellow Jackets are looking to avoid consecutive home ACC losses …

The Spartans last lost consecutive games in 2012 and last lost to the Hoosiers in 2006 …

QB Troy Williams gives the Utes a better chance to keep up in high-scoring games …

Seven straight wins for the road team in this series …

The Aggies snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Broncos last season …

Thanks to some weak competition and playing half a game against Missouri State because of severe weather, the Wildcats have the No. 1 defense in the nation at 179 yards allowed per game …

The Irish, with a new defensive coordinator, try to avoid 1-4 start, which would be their worst since going 0-5 in 2007 …

The teams have split the last six meetings, but with Army playing well the winner is no guarantee to take the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy …

First Pac-12 home game for the Trojans, who are desperate for a victory …

What you’ve missed: Washington football team

After consecutive six-loss seasons under head coach Chris Petersen, the Washington football team has started the 2016 season with its best record in 25 years.

Surprises spread across the Pac-12 after first month

Colorado was picked to finish last in the Pac-12 South and coach Mike MacIntyre was expected to be on the hot seat if the Buffaloes lived down to those lowly expectations.

[…] Colorado bounced back last week with its biggest win since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, holding off Oregon 41-38 despite playing without senior quarterback Sefo Liufau due to an ankle injury.

The Trojans opened the season with a blowout loss to top-ranked Alabama and followed a lopsided win over FCS Utah State with a 17-point loss to No. 7 Stanford.

Arizona State had a late offensive burst to knock off FCS Northern Arizona in the season opener and last week exploded for 31 points in the fourth quarter to outlast California .

Arizona has been plagued with injuries to key players the past few seasons, but the odds — maybe karma? — seemed to be in favor of the Wildcats this year.

Arizona also played without three starters against the Huskies and lost freshman running back J.J. Taylor — the star against Hawaii — for the season with a broken ankle in the third quarter.

Prosecutor says no charges against WSU football player

(AP) — Washington State football player Shalom Luani will not face charges in connection with a fight at a Pullman pizza parlor that left one man with a broken nose and Luani with a concussion, the Whitman County prosecutor said Monday.

“In order to prove that a criminal assault happened, the prosecutor must not only prove that the suspect hit someone, but the prosecutor must also prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspect was not acting in self-defense,” Tracy wrote in a statement.

Washington State football coach Mike Leach, who had complained earlier that Pullman police appeared to be targeting football players for arrest, declined Monday to comment on the decision.

In the other cases, the Pullman Police Department has recommended that charges of second-degree assault, a felony, be filed against defensive tackle Robert Barber and defensive lineman Toso Fehoko.

Showdown time finally arrives for No. 10 Washington

Or Friday night could end up exposing Washington as not quite ready to rejoin the college football elite.

Washington survived its trip to the desert, winning in the state of Arizona for the first time in 10 years with a 35-28 overtime win over the Wildcats late Saturday.

On the road, tough environment, have to come home and play Stanford and then go on the road again.

The performance in the desert exposed some of Washington’s flaws that were hidden by a weak nonconference schedule and three blowout victories to open the season.

The biggest positive to come out of the Arizona victory was the emergence of running back Lavon Coleman as a complementary option to Myles Gaskin in the backfield.

Coleman rushed for a career-high 181 yards on just 11 carries, surpassing his rushing total from all of last year in one impressive outing.

Notebook: Coleman establish running game in conference opener

The Washington football team pulled off a victory 10 years in the making Saturday night against Arizona in its conference opener. The Huskies (4-0) were winless at Arizona Stadium since 2006, but a 35-28 overtime victory broke that streak and…

Head coach Chris Petersen addresses media after Saturday's victory

Coach Petersen fielded questions after Saturday’s 35-28 victory over Arizona. The Huskies began league play on the road in Tucson, and will return to Montlake undefeated for a quick turnaround to face the only other undefeated Pac-12 team, Stanford.

Huskies win in the desert for the first time in 10 years

The Washington football team faced trouble in the desert as it opened Pac-12 play in Tucson against Arizona. For the first time this season, the Huskies (4-0) trailed as the Wildcats (2-2) made their way down the field in the…

No. 9 Washington beats Arizona 35-28 in overtime

Pettis made a tough grab in traffic on the first possession of overtime and Washington’s defense forced a turnover on downs to eke out the victory.

The Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) had a hard time shaking Arizona (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12), which was down to its fourth-string running back after J.J. Taylor left in the third quarter with a left ankle injury.

Brandon Dawkins kept the Wildcats in it, dazzling with 176 yards and two touchdowns rushing, 167 yards and another score passing.

Coleman kept the Huskies moving with Browning limited to passes underneath and scored on a 55-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

No. 9 Washington gets first true test at Arizona

(AP) — Washington has been dominant to open the season, picking teams apart with its passing game, shutting down opposing offenses with its cache of talented defensive players.

After beating up on Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, the ninth-ranked Huskies face their first true test of the season on Saturday night, when they head to the desert to play Arizona and its snap-before-they’re-ready offense.

The Huskies (3-0) won their first three games by a combined score of 148-30 and its first-team defense has yet to allow a touchdown.

The dual-threat QB has thrown for 458 yards and a pair of touchdowns, adding 215 yards and five more scores on the ground.

Rodriguez estimates the Huskies have up to seven potential NFL players on their defense, including safety Budda Baker, linebacker Joe Mathis and Sidney Jones.

Arizona became thin at running back after running back Orlando Bradford was dismissed from the team following his arrest on domestic violence charges.

Wilson is listed as questionable on the injury report and Arizona moved slot receiver Tyrell Johnson to running back to add depth.