PULLMAN, Wash. -- After being down for most of the game, Stanford stormed back with Kevin Hogan's two rushing touchdowns and Quenton Meek's two interceptions to stun Washington State 30-28.
It was a solid start to the game for the Stanford Cardinal. In their first drive of the game, Hogan led the offense down the field but they had to settle for a 32 yard field goal. With the Washington State offense getting out to a slow start, it seemed like Stanford was going to build a big first half lead.
But Cougar cornerback Patrick Henry had other ideas. Hogan tried to throw a quick hitch but Henry read and jumped the route perfectly to pick off Hogan and give Washington State the ball at the Stanford 32.
Washington State took advantage of the turnover and added an Erik Powell field goal to tie the game. Powell added another field goal a few minutes later to give Washington State the 6-3 lead.
They almost took a 13-3 lead when Henry seemed to pick off a bobbled pass and ran it all the way back for a pick six. But the play went under review and the call was reversed; the points were taken off the board.
The Stanford offense, which is usually dominant by controlling the clock and the line of scrimmage, struggled throughout the first half. Washington State had four sacks in the first half and held running back Christian McCaffrey to a minimum rushing the football.
As Stanford kept struggling, Washington State drove down in the final two minutes to add on another Powell field goal to take a 12-3 lead into the half.
Washington State took its first drive of the game and went right back into the redzone. But they had to settle for another field goal by Powell. The 28 yarder, his fifth of the day, gave Washington State a 15-3 lead.
But Stanford came back with a touchdown drive. After a Kevin Hogan option run on 3rd down that put Stanford inside the five, Remound Wright punched it in to cut the lead to 15-10. It was a clutch drive that seemed to give th Cardinal some momentum.
Washington State took that all back when Luke Falk found Gabe Marks for a 19 yard strike give push the lead 22-10.
After another Kevin Hogan run up the middle that put Stanford in good scoring position, McCaffrey was stripped just as he was running out of bounds. It looked like a good strip but the call on the field stood and Stanford kept possession. The Cardinal had to settle for a field goal after a third down pass went through the hands of a Stanford receiver.
Stanford regained possession and on the first play of the drive, Hogan split through the Washington State defense and ran down the sideline for a 59 yard run to cut the lead to a two point game.
Things went from bad to worst for Washington State when Falk tried to a float a ball to the sideline but Quenton Meeks, the true freshman, read the play perfectly and picked off Falk. It was a bad turnover that gave Stanford the ball in the red zone. It was once again Hogan who ran the ball in as he took a QB option play for six yard touchdown to give Stanford the lead. After being down by 12 in the first half, the Cardinal came back to take the lead.
The Cougars quickly drove down the field at the start of the 4th quarter and the drive was capped off with a Falk pass to River Cracraft for a two yard touchdown. WSU attempted a two point conversion but they were held just short and Stanford got the ball back only down 28-27.
After a Stanford punt, Washington State had a chance to bleed out the clock and clinch the game. But Mike Leach's team stayed on their usual up-tempo pace and it costed them dearly. Falk tried to hit a quick screen but once again, Quenton Meeks read the play and picked off Falk. Stanford drove down inside the five and Conrad Ukropina split the uprights to give Stanford a 30-28 lead with 1:54 left in the game.
On 4th and 7, Luke Falk found Dom Williams for a big gain and got Washington State in field goal range. But Erik Powell's attempt went wide right and Stanford survived.