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Washington 40, Stanford 22

(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE - Wayne Taulapapa rushed for a career-high 120 yards and one touchdown, Washington's defense sacked Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee eight times and forced two fumbles, and the 18th-ranked Huskies beat the Cardinal 40-22.

Playing as a ranked team for the first time this season, Washington (4-0, 1-0) used a stingy defense and a handful of big plays on offense to win its Pac-12 opener under new coach Kalen DeBoer.

Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 309 yards and second-half touchdowns of 30 yards to Rome Odunze and 21 yards to Giles Jackson on a screen pass. Odunze had eight catches for 161 yards, his first career game over 100 yards receiving.

But Washington's defense deserved equal recognition for the constant pressure it was able to put on McKee. The Huskies sacked him six times in the first half.

Stanford lost its eighth straight conference game dating to last season, the longest skid under coach David Shaw.

The Huskies have scored at least 39 points in all four games, and this time they did it without an otherworldly performance by Penix, who still managed to top 300 yards passing for the fourth straight game. Penix was 22 of 37. Will Nixon added a 3-yard touchdown run and Peyton Henry kicked four field goals.

Taulapapa was a less-heralded offseason transfer for Washington but earned the starting nod at running back for a reason. He showed flashes in the first three games but found massive gaps to run through against the Cardinal, averaging 9.2 yards per carry.

Taulapapa's longest run came midway through the second quarter when he scampered down the sideline for a 34-yard touchdown two plays after a Stanford turnover. It was the first 100-yard game of Taulapapa's career, both at Virginia and Washington.

McKee was 17 of 26 for 286 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Michael Wilson for 23 yards in the second quarter, John Humphreys on a 17-yard TD and found Wilson again on a 78-yard TD late in the fourth.

But it was Washington's pass rush that set the tone early. The Huskies entered the night with seven sacks on the season and had six in the first half on McKee. Bralen Trice and Alphonzo Tuputala got to McKee twice in the opening half. But the biggest sack came from Jeremiah Martin when he was able to slap the ball from McKee midway through the second quarter.

Faatui Tuitele recovered the fumble and two plays later, Tualapapa broke free for his touchdown run and a 17-0 lead.

The Cardinal were without leading rusher E.J. Smith and starting right tackle Myles Hinton due to injuries. Casey Filkins rushed for 100 yards in place of Smith.

THE TAKEAWAY

Stanford: Stanford's turnover problems from the first two games emerged again. Along with McKee's two fumbles, he was also intercepted in the first quarter deep in Washington territory when Filkins bobbled a pass directly into the arms of linebacker Cam Bright.

Washington: How dominant have the Huskies been on offense? For the first time this year they were forced to punt in the first half. Washington has punted just nine times in four games.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter StanWash
Wash TD 10:32 Will Nixon 3 yard TD run (Peyton Henry Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter StanWash
Wash FG 13:26 Peyton Henry 35 yard field goal 0 10
Wash TD 5:53 Wayne Taulapapa 34 yard TD run (Peyton Henry Extra Point) 0 17
Stan TD 4:00 Michael Wilson 23 yard TD pass from Tanner McKee (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 7 17
Third Quarter StanWash
Wash FG 10:54 Peyton Henry 47 yard field goal 7 20
Wash TD 6:43 Rome Odunze 30 yard TD pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Peyton Henry Extra Point) 7 27
Wash FG 2:49 Peyton Henry 32 yard field goal 7 30
Fourth Quarter StanWash
Stan TD 13:58 John Humphreys 17 yard TD pass from Tanner McKee (Brycen Tremayne 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 15 30
Wash FG 11:21 Peyton Henry 26 yard field goal 15 33
Wash TD 7:41 Giles Jackson 21 yard TD pass from Michael Penix Jr. (Peyton Henry Extra Point) 15 40
Stan TD 1:45 Michael Wilson 78 yard TD pass from Tanner McKee (Joshua Karty Extra Point) 22 40
Team Stats
  Stanford Washington
First downs 18 23
  Rushing 6 9
  Passing 11 13
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-12, 42% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 36-86 32-169
Passing Yards 286 309
Return Yards 114 10
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-26-1 22-37-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 8-37 0-0
Punts 4 3
Fumbles Lost 2-2 1-0
Penalties - Yards 2-23 5-32
Stanford Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. McKee 17 26 286 3 1
Washington Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Penix Jr. 22 37 309 2 0
Stanford Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Filkins 20 100 5.0 0
M. Wilson 1 12 12.0 0
C. Robinson 1 4 4.0 0
A. Patu 1 3 3.0 0
T. McKee 13 -33 -2.5 0
Washington Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Taulapapa 13 120 9.2 1
W. Nixon 4 21 5.3 1
G. Jackson 3 14 4.7 0
R. Newton 5 13 2.6 0
S. Adams II 2 4 2.0 0
D. Culp 1 2 2.0 0
J. McMillan 1 2 2.0 0
M. Penix Jr. 1 -5 -5.0 0
Stanford Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Wilson 6 176 29.3 2
E. Higgins 4 37 9.3 0
C. Filkins 2 29 14.5 0
J. Humphreys 1 17 17.0 1
B. Yurosek 1 16 16.0 0
B. Tremayne 1 4 4.0 0
S. Starr 1 4 4.0 0
B. Barrow 1 3 3.0 0
Washington Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Odunze 8 161 20.1 1
J. McMillan 5 59 11.8 0
G. Jackson 4 39 9.8 1
J. Westover 3 30 10.0 0
J. Polk 1 11 11.0 0
D. Culp 1 9 9.0 0
Stanford Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Washington Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Bright 1 0
Stanford Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Sanborn 4 182 45.5
Washington Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. McCallister 3 129 43.0
Stanford Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Filkins 2 8 4.0
Washington Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Jackson 2 10 5.0
Stanford Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Farrell 5 95 19.0
C. Filkins 1 11 11.0
Washington Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Stanford Missed FG
Player Length
Washington Missed FG
Player Length




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