Nov. 11, 2006
By Benton Strong
SEATTLE -- Saturday was a defensive battle at Husky Stadium and the numbers clearly showed it. Unfortunately, Stanford's defense also rose to the occasion and left Husky Stadium with a 20-3 victory.
Washington was dominant on defense, allowing just two field goals and a touchdown as Stanford amassed just 206 yards of total offense on only 52 plays. Before a second quarter scoring drive the Cardinal had just three total yards and minus-11 yards rushing.
The Husky front line provided the biggest boost with four sacks and eight tackles-for-loss. It was also instrumental in Stanford being held to 20 yards rushing. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim had four tackles and 1.5 sacks in the losing effort. Linebacker Tahj Bomar also matched a career high with 10 tackles.
"The defense was executing pretty well early in the ball game," said head coach Tyrone Willingham. "The two or three pass plays on their part made the difference."
Obviously after a loss there is frustration. Cornerback Roy Lewis said that "it's the defense's job not to allow any points at all." But that half of the Husky team put the offense in good position all day long and had one of it's better games this season.
Senior Chris Hemphill had a huge game, racking up 10 tackles in his last game at Husky Stadium. His fellow seniors Scott White and C.J. Wallace added seven and four tackles respectively. Two of Wallace's tackles were in the backfield.
The Huskies take their defense on the road next week in the annual Apple Cup game against Washington State.
"We have to go get the Apple Cup back," said defensive end Greyson Gunheim. "We have to send our seniors out right with a win."