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

Luck said.

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

clamped down.

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.