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Stanford upsets No. 9 Washington behind Bryce Love’s 166-yard showing

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 11:46 p.m.

Washington running back Lavon Coleman, right, is tackled by Stanford cornerback Alameen Murphy, center, and linebacker Casey Toohill (52) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford won 30-22, severely damaging Washington’s playoff and conference championship hopes. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
Washington running back Lavon Coleman, right, is tackled by Stanford cornerback Alameen Murphy, center, and linebacker Casey Toohill (52) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford won 30-22, severely damaging Washington’s playoff and conference championship hopes. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford’s effective keep-away tactics have effectively killed Washington’s College Football Playoff hopes.

Worse yet, the Huskies’ chances of repeating as Pac-12 Conference champs took a mighty blow as well.

Stanford’s offense held onto the ball for 35 minutes and wore down the nation’s top-ranked defense, knocking off No. 9 Huskies 30-22 Friday night at Stanford Stadium.

Bryce Love rushed for 166 yards, and Stanford (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) moved ahead of the Huskies (8-2, 5-2) atop the Pac-12 North standings.

Things unraveled in a hurry for the Huskies in the second half.

Washington’s offense went three-and-out to start the third quarter. Stanford then went 65 yards on nine plays – eating up 4:28 off the clock – in taking its first lead on Love’s 13-yard touchdown run.

The Huskies ran just five plays in 96 seconds on their next possession, giving way to a Stanford offense that then held the ball for the next 7:38 while driving 81 yards on 13 plays, capped by Jet Toner’s field goal to push Stanford’s lead to 20-14.

On UW’s next possession, Gaskin fumbled for just the second time in his career. Stanford recovered at the UW 31-yard line and added another field goal to make it 23-14.

On third down of Washington’s ensuing possession, Browning was sacked for a loss of 18 yards back to the UW 6. Joel Whitford’s ensuing punt netted just 37 yards and a UW penalty on the punt return gave Stanford possession at the UW 14.

Two plays later, Love scored his third rushing touchdown, from 9 yards, to push the lead to 30-14.