SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Hogan ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:29 remaining, and No. 16 Stanford took advantage of a poorly timed fake punt to hold off Washington 20-13 on Saturday.
Hogan and the Cardinal (3-1, 1-1) avoided a potentially costly 0-2 start in Pac-12 play after already losing at home to Southern California.
Stanford dominated statistically, but was still tied midway through the fourth quarter because of continued problems in the red zone. That’s when Washington coach Chris Petersen took a gamble running a fake punt on fourth-and-9 at its own 47. The play was stuffed and Hogan scored on the ensuing possession.
Six times the Cardinal drove inside the Washington 30, but a missed field goal and fumble by Hogan never let Stanford pull away. The Cardinal committed three turnovers, including Remound Wright’s fumble late in the second quarter that Shaq Thompson returned 32 yards for a touchdown to pull the Huskies even at 13.
But Stanford escaped Seattle in its first road game and heads to Notre Dame next week. Hogan was 17-for-26 passing for 178 yards and added 53 yards rushing. Ty Montgomery had a 62-yard kickoff return to start the game and also added a 17-yard TD reception, bulling through three Washington defenders.
Petersen was looking to start 5-0, but the performance against Stanford will only raise more questions about Washington’s offense. The Huskies (4-1, 0-1) finished with 179 total yards, including just 98 passing. Cyler Miles threw a 25-yard TD pass to Jaydon Mickens in the first half, but was 15-of-29 passing and was under pressure all day. He was sacked four times.
Stanford had plenty of chances to pull away. Jordan Williamson, who missed a pair of field goals in the Cardinal’s loss to USC, missed wide right from 46 yards early in the third quarter. Stanford got back into scoring position on the final play of the third when Hogan found Eric Cotton open on a blown coverage for 28 yards to the Washington 34. Montgomery carried on a reverse for 18 yards to start the fourth and Stanford had first down at the Washington 14.
On third-and-10, Hogan kept the ball on a designed keeper but was hit by Thompson, and the fumble caromed into the hands of Danny Shelton. It was the second turnover by Hogan after being intercepted by Marcus Peters in the third quarter.
Stanford continued to make errors on Washington’s ensuing possession. James Vaughters was flagged for a late hit and an illegal use of hands penalty, both on third downs, to help Washington get near midfield. But instead of punting after the Cardinal held, the Huskies tried a fake and Thompson was stuffed, giving Stanford the ball with 7:37 left and a short field.
Hogan ran the first three plays of the drive and a facemask penalty on Washington moved the Cardinal to the 17. Kelsey Young went for 12 yards, nearly breaking free for the score, before Hogan raced to the pylon on the next play.
Washington had one final chance, getting the ball at its 48 with 1:49 left and no timeouts. Miles was incomplete on his first three attempts only to hit DiAndre Campbell for 11 yards on fourth down to the Stanford 41.
Miles ran 13 yards for another first down to the Stanford 28, but was later flagged for intentional grounding. On fourth-and-18, Miles was forced from the pocket and stopped after 5 yards and Stanford’s celebration started.
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