River Cracraft and Luke Falk dominated a weak Stanford secondary in a 42-16 blow out victory in Palo Alto, Calif.
Cracraft finished the game with seven receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown. The senior routinely made catches despite solid coverage most of the night, and some physical play from Stanford’s corners. His most insane catch of the night was a touchdown that put the game out of reach.
It was a dominating performance for Cracraft, and one that benefited from a confident performance by his quarterback.
Falk’s stat line was a (somewhat) typical stat line for the junior quarterback — completed 30 of 41 passes for 357 yards, four touchdowns and two picks — but he looked more like the Heisman candidate Cougar fans thought he would be. The quarterback was decisive and took shots down field when he his receivers were lined up in favorable match-ups. His two interceptions were questionable decisions, with one of those picks being returned to the house for Stanford’s only touchdown of the night.
The go ahead touchdown was scored with 2:12 seconds left in the first quarter when Falk found Tavares Martin Jr. in the end zone. It was a slant route and Martin used a quick step to get ahead of the defenders, Falk got the ball out to him quickly in the back of the end zone. Stanford followed-up the touchdown with a three play drive that led to a field goal.
That field goal was the only points the Cardinal offense would score all night.
WSU’s defense was an immovable object on Saturday night as they only allowed 296 yards to the Cardinal offense, while forcing three turnovers. Christian McCaffery was held to 35 yards on eight carries, 23 of those yards came on one run, which took the Cardinal offense out of their comfort zone. As the Cougars kept scoring touchdown, Stanford was forced to pass the ball and they weren’t able to find space against Washington State’s secondary.
This was the third straight week where the Cougars were clearly the best team on the field, and that’s awesome.
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