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

But nearly always, they'd been competitive up and down Shaw's 71 games helming the program. The third, fourth, and fifth-best teams are OR (20th), UCLA (27th), and Utah (32nd).

A win like this could propel the Huskies into top 5, depending on other results, pushed back from 8 to 10 last week just because they didn't make a serious impression.

Psalm Wooching played the game of his life tonight, racking up three sacks and one forced fumble. Chris Petersen's side boasts three home blowouts over Rutgers, Idaho, and Portland State, and last week, the Huskies went to Tucson and beat a tricky Arizona team. Are they good enough to take down Stanford? "We're still a work in progress, but that was a good step forward".

Only you can prevent forest fires, so says Smokey the Bear. Washington scored quick and scored slow. I thought the crowd was great.

Star running back Christian McCaffrey has almost 60 percent of Stanford's carries and catches and it's showing on the stats sheets as he enters this game as his team's leader in both rushing and receiving Yards. When the Stanford offensive line wasn't busy not opening holes for McCaffrey, they were giving up eight sacks of Ryan Burns (six) and Keller Chryst (two). He had 223 all-purpose yards, largely because of 144 on kickoffs.

Washington wide receiver John Ross (1) celebrates with wide receiver Andre Baccellia (19) after Ross caught a pass for a touchdown against Stanford in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Seattle. He was able to return five kicks for 144 yards, including a 57-yarder after UW's had scored to push its advantage to 30 points that at least provided some field-position help for when the Cardinal finally scored later in the frame. And on Friday they handed Stanford its worst loss since falling 42-0 to USC on November 4, 2006.

If we're going to be doing the whole "game is won in the trenches" cliche, well, Washington won the game in the trenches. "That was Seahawks-type loud".

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The 1991 Huskies team was back, honored at halftime on the 25th anniversary of its national championship. Steve Sarkisian returned the Huskies to respectability before he bolted for USC after five seasons. Their defensive line got to the Stanford quarterbacks repeatedly, especially in an early run of play which, as USA TODAY Sports' Dan Uthman noted, saw six sacks in the first 29 Stanford snaps of the ball. Fall means we get apple cider, and apple cider is the nectar of the gods. "They probably think this is exactly how it was when they left".

To put this in terms that the code writers on the Farm will understand, this was the Blue Screen of Death.

Not only was Stanford beaten physically, it was not sharp mentally, committing 11 penalties and appearing rattled by the opponent and the atmosphere. And when Stanford did try to run, well ...

Washington quarterback Jake Browning worked from a clean pocket throughout and finished with 210 yards and three touchdowns on a tidy 15-of-21 passing.

The one thing that stuck out in this game was the massive speed gap on both sides of the ball. Stanford is also fourth in total defense, and the Huskies are third in the Pac-12. By the time the purple smoke lifted in Seattle, it was 44-6, Washington.

Washington didn't just win.

"That pressure is going to be on (the Huskies)", UW defensive tackle Elijah Qualls said. The most in a game since the 2006 season. We knew they would have to turn back the clocks multiple times this season to challenge the status quo of what has become the Pac-12 North Division. He is leaving Saturday morning to recruit.

  • Lawrence Cooper