Washington Huskies Football 2012: What We Learned in Week 4

Brandon StewartContributor IIOctober 1, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Wide receiver Kasen Williams #2 of the Washington Huskies celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal on September 27, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Huskies (3-1, 1-0) got their first signature victory of the season when they upset No. 8 Stanford (3-1, 0-1) Thursday night 17-13.

The defense stole the show, as it kept the Cardinal out of the end zone. Stanford has not failed to score an offensive touchdown since 2007 when it lost to Oregon State, 23-6.

If it weren't for a 40-yard interception return by Stanford's Trent Murphy, the Huskies defense would have only allowed six total points.

The following Husky drive was nothing short of magical as the third quarter was about to end. Quarterback Keith Price hurried his offense to the line and handed the ball to running back Bishop Sankey, who took it 61 yards untouched and put the Huskies within three points at the start of the fourth quarter. 

The magic continued for the Huskies as a simple screen pass to wide receiver Kasen Williams got Washington its first lead of the game. Williams hauled in the pass, bullied past Stanford cornerback Terrence Brown and carried safety Ed Reynolds 10 yards into the end zone to put the Huskies up 17-13.

The following Stanford drive ended on an incredible interception by Husky cornerback Desmond Trufant, who went up over Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo to pull it in. Considering the eight-inch difference between Trufant and Toilolo, the play was pretty impressive.

Now, what have we learned after this Husky victory?

The defense was absolutely incredible for four quarters. After getting embarrassed last year by Stanford and giving up almost 450 yards rushing, the Huskies held the Cardinal to just 65 total yards on the ground.

Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is looking like the hire of the year after his defense's performance Thursday night.

The offense is still trying to find their identity as a whole, but the big surprise in this game was sophomore running back Bishop Sankey; he ran for 144 yards on 20 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown run. Keith Price has gotten off to a rocky start this season compared to last year. He was 19-of-37 for 177 yards with an interception and a touchdown.

Wide receiver Kasen Williams had arguably his best game of his career. as he pulled in a career-high 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown.

These next few weeks are the meat of the schedule and can really make or break the Huskies' season. This Saturday, they are on the road inside a very hostile Autzen Stadium to take on De'Anthony Thomas and the Ducks. Then next week, they are back home in Centurylink to take on Matt Barkley and USC.

After watching the Ducks (4-0, 1-0) stomp the Cougars (2-3, 0-2) Saturday night, the Huskies will need to be on their A-game in all three phases if they want a shot to end their eight-game losing streak against Oregon.