Justin Wilcox and the defensive staff at Washington put together an impressive game plan last night to stifle the Stanford run game.
The Huskies held Stanford to just 65 yards rushing last night (the Cardinal ran for 202 against USC), often putting up to eight and nine guys in the box to stuff the run and getting guys in great positions to make plays defensively. What makes this even more impressive is the clear adjustments Wilcox' guys made after allowing nearly 250 yards rushing against LSU just over 2 weeks ago.
The last time that Stanford rushed for less than 90 yards in a game was back in 2008, Jim Harbaugh's second year on The Farm, in a 14-31 loss against TCU; however we did not that Duke held the Cardinal to 92 yards rushing in week 2 of this season.
Credit Justin Wilcox and the staff for a job well done last night. They had a solid game plan and the Huskies were ready to play against a quality opponent.
Washington heads to Oregon next week, and will have to stop a run game that has failed to reach the 100 yard mark rushing just twice in the past 31 games (against LSU in the season opener in 2011 - 95 yards net rushing, and Auburn in the National Title game in 2010/2011 season - 75 yards net rushing). The following week they take on USC at home.
Kickoff vs. Oregon is scheduled for 10:30pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.
On an related note, we noticed this gif created by Timothy Burke last night. Too funny not to include.