Tight ends lead No. 7 Stanford to another win
It took until the second half for the Stanford tight ends to get
going. Once they did, it was all over for Washington State.
Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo combined for nine
receptions and three touchdowns after halftime, and No. 7 Stanford
blew open a close game to beat Washington State 44-14 on Saturday.
The Cardinal have won a school-record 14 straight games, the
longest current streak in the nation. Stanford’s previous best
streak was set in the 1904-05 season and tied in 1939-41.
”They all played great in the second half,” quarterback Andrew
Toilolo caught two touchdown passes in the third quarter that
buried Washington State, which trailed 10-7 at halftime.
”He’s always been a force,” Luck said of Toilolo. ”Tonight
was Levine’s night.”
Cardinal coach David Shaw was angry at the break, and told his
players to start playing Stanford football.
”Zach Ertz made some huge third-down catches,” a delighted
Shaw said. ”Coby Fleener (four catches for 128 yards) shows up
”Levine Toilolo is becoming a dominating run blocker and a big
time pass threat, as well.”
There were other contributors, as Stepfan Taylor run 17 times
for 100 yards, and Griff Whalen caught seven passes for 76
And the Stanford defense held Washington State to 257 yards of
total offense. The Cardinal now will get ready to host surging
Washington next week.
”We have to get fresh because this week coming up is going to
be the biggest week of the season,” Shaw said. ”It’s going to be
homecoming for us.”
”We have a really good team, a well-coached team coming in that
we have to be ready for,” he said.
They didn’t look ready early against Washington State. Luck
threw an interception on his first pass. Stanford (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12)
had its lowest-scoring first half of the season, as both defenses
Luck came back to throw four second-half touchdown passes, tying
his career high, and finished 23 of 36 for 336 yards with one
Stanford’s defense, which allows just 10 points per game, kept
the Washington State (3-3, 1-2) offense from getting going. That
kept the Cougars’ defense on the field, and Stanford wore down the
unit as the game progressed.
The Cardinal have held 12 consecutive opponents under 20
Stanford drove 85 yards on its first possession of the second
half, with a 62-yard pass from Luck to Fleener covering most of the
distance. Luck fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Toilolo for a 17-7
After punting on its next series, Stanford scored on a 62-yard
drive late in the third when Luck hit Toilolo for a 26-yard scoring
pass to make it 24-7. Luck also fired an 8-yard scoring pass to
Taylor, and a 28-yard touchdown toss to Fleener in the fourth.