Washington St. beats Stanford 52-14 to snap 3-game skid

Nakia Watson rushed for 166 yards and scored, and WSU ended a three-game losing streak with a 52-14 win over Stanford on Saturday.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Cameron Ward threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third, Nakia Watson rushed for 166 yards and scored a goal, and Washington State ended a losing streak of three with a 52-14 win over Stanford on Saturday To play.

The Cougars (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and then put the game away with two more TDs in the last 2:09 of the first half.

Jaden Hicks also returned 17 yards for a result in the second quarter as Washington State used four takeaways and 306 yards to overcome the frustration of the losing streak.

Ward threw for 176 yards with a 7-yard TD pass to Anderson Grover and a 9-yarder to Donovan Ollie in fourth and third. Ward also had a 15-yard TD run.

Tanner McKee threw for 236 yards and backup QB Ashton Daniels ran for two points, but Stanford (3-6, 1-6) kept giving the ball away and lost to the Cougars for the sixth straight game.

Watson set the tone for Washington State, running 65 yards on the second play to set up Leyton Smithson’s 3-yard TD run and then on a 41-yard run in the Cougars’ last game of the half after one Benjamin’s fumble hit Yurosek, who made it 42-7.

The Cardinal lost six of his first seven conference games for the first time since 2006 – the year before Jim Harbaugh arrived on The Farm to make Stanford a contender. But after a long winning streak under Harbaugh and current coach David Shaw, things have turned in recent years, and Stanford have not won more than four games in a season since going 9-4 in 2018.

THE TAKE AWAY

Washington State: After being held at 41 points in three games, the Cougars surpassed that total in the first half against the Cardinal. Now all they need is a win over Arizona State, Arizona or Washington to qualify for the Bowl for their seventh consecutive non-pandemic season.

Stanford: The Cardinal was completely overwhelmed in this game. They trailed 21-0 before scoring a first down, lost four fumbles in the first half and looked disorganized. Stanford was among the game’s top three running backs. The Cardinal had to rely on converted security guard Mitch Leigber at times, using Daniels as a running option.

NEXT

Washington State: Host Arizona State on Saturday.

Stanford: Visit Utah on Saturday.

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Emma Bowman

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