Stanford's A.J. Tarpley celebrates with a teammate after making an interception against Washington during the second half Saturday. Fifth-ranked Stanford outlasted No. 15 Washington, 31-28. (George Nikitin / Associated Press)
Stanford, Calif. — Ty Montgomery had several drops and one of his worst games in a loss at Washington last season. A year later, he turned in a breakout performance that saved Stanford.
Montgomery finished with 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and the fifth-ranked Cardinal held on to beat No. 15 Washington 31-28 on Saturday night in a matchup of unbeaten Pac-12 North teams.
“I would say Ty was the difference in the ballgame,” Stanford coach David Shaw.
The Huskies outgained Stanford 489-284 in total yards but had no answer for the Cardinal’s rejuvenated junior wide receiver any time he touched the ball.
Montgomery returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD and caught a 34-yard pass for another score to put the Cardinal (5-0, 3-0) in control from the start and keep them there. He caught three passes for 56 yards, ran 30 yards on two carries and racked up 204 yards returning kicks.
“It showed that we can stand in there and we can finish a game and we’re willing to fight if we have to,” said Montgomery, who was slowed — and sometimes sidelined — by a nagging knee injury last season.
Stanford led from wire-to-wire while winning its 13th straight game and 12th in a row at home. No matter the score, Washington never went away.
Keith Price threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns on an injured thumb and nearly led the Huskies (4-1, 1-1) back. But officials overturned Price’s completed pass on fourth down in the final minutes to end Washington’s rally.
Price completed 33 of 48 passes with one interception, and Bishop Sankey ran for 125 yards and two scores in an impressive — though, at times, mistake-filled — performance for the Huskies against the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champions.
In the end, officials ruled Washington came up at least one bounce short.
On fourth-and-10 from the Stanford 49, Price rolled to his right and stiff-armed a defender before throwing a 16-yard pass near the sideline to a diving Kevin Smith. But after reviewing TV replays, officials said the ball hit the ground.
“It’s unfortunate the game had to come down to a judgment call like that,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said. “That part was unfortunate because it was two good football teams battling and competing with one another and I wish the game would have got won on the field and not in the booth upstairs with some guy that didn’t get to feel the emotion in the hard-fought football game that game was.”
The Huskies haven’t started 5-0 since 1992 and need to regroup fast to avoid a second straight loss with No. 2 Oregon coming to Seattle next week.
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(At) No. 1 Alabama 45, Georgia State 3: AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. The Crimson Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.
No. 2 Oregon 57, (at) Colorado 16: Marcus Mariota threw five touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Oregon brushed off some early tricker. The Ducks’ sophomore connected for two touchdowns each with Josh Huff and Bralon Addison, and played only 2½ quarters. The Buffaloes had Folsom Field in a frenzy when they kept things tight early on, but the crowd didn’t like it when Colorado kept going for field goals while the Ducks were piling up the points. Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has scored at least 55 points in all of its games under first-year coach Mark Helfrich, a former offensive coordinator at Colorado, who took over when Chip Kelly left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. Forcing a three-and-out after the opening onside kick, a 75-yard TD toss from receiver Paul Richardson on a double-reverse and a fourth-down stop had the 40-point-underdog Buffaloes (2-2, 0-2) up 10-8 early.
No. 3 Clemson 49, (at) Syracuse 14: Tajh Boyd kept his Heisman Trophy aspirations intact, throwing for 455 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of work, and spoiled the Orange’s Atlantic Coast Conference debut. Boyd, who matched his school record in TD passes, hit Adam Humphries with scoring passes of 60 and 42 yards in the first quarter to help stake the Tigers to a big early lead, and they held the Orange at bay. Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) entered the game as one of just 20 undefeated teams remaining in the Bowl Subdivision, and the Tigers made sure they wouldn’t slip up against the Orange (2-3, 0-1) and their raucous Homecoming crowd of 48,961 by taking a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
No. 6 Georgia 34, (at) Tennessee 31: Marshall Morgan kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime after Georgia scored a tying touchdown with 5 seconds left in regulation as the Bulldogs overcame numerous injuries. Tennessee’s Alton “Pig” Howard capped the first overtime possession by losing control of the ball as he dove toward the front corner of the end zone. Howard’s play was initially ruled a 7-yard touchdown, but replays showed he fumbled prior to crossing the goal line, turning the potential score into a turnover and touchback. Georgia (4-1, 3-0 SEC) forced overtime on Aaron Murray’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Rantavious Wooten to make it 31-all. Rajion Neal’s 7-yard run had put Tennessee (3-2, 0-1) ahead 31-24 with 1:54 left.
No. 7 Louisville 30, (at) Temple 7: Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns to keep Louisville undefeated. Bridgewater made it look easy against the overwhelmed Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference). He threw for 228 yards in the first half to help the Cardinals roll to a 24-0 lead. The Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) lost a bid for their second straight shutout when Temple scored with 38 seconds left.
(At) No. 8 Florida State 63, No. 25 Maryland 0: Florida State stayed undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Seminoles (5-0, 3-0) rode the arm of quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston completed 23-of-32 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns. He’s now thrown for 1,441 yards, 17 touchdowns with two interceptions and a 73.3 completion percentage. Tight end Nick O’Leary had 55 yards receiving and two touchdowns and receiver Kelvin Benjamin added 60 yards and two touchdowns. The Seminoles put up 614 yards of total offense. Maryland (4-1, 0-1) never got anything going and was lost after quarterback C.J. Brown left the game with an injury in the second quarter. The No. 2 total offense in the ACC was held to 234 yards.
No. 10 LSU 59, (at) Mississippi State 26: Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and Odell Beckham Jr. had 179 yards receiving and two TDs. Mettenberger completed 25 of 29 passes in another impressive performance during the senior’s breakout season. Beckham was his favorite target — the two hooked up for nine completions. LSU’s Jeremy Hill added 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) have won 14 straight over Mississippi State (2-3, 0-2) dating to 1999.
(At) No. 11 Oklahoma 20, Texas Christian 17: Brennan Clay broke a 76-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Trey Millard had a touchdown run for the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Michael Hunnicutt hit field goals of 39 and 32 yards. Oklahoma and Texas will meet next Saturday in the annual Red River Rivalry in Dallas with first place in the conference on the line. Oklahoma opened with seven straight defensive 3-and-outs, after finishing a 35-21 win at Notre Dame last Saturday with three. The 10 straight 3-and-outs was the longest such streak recorded by the Sooners since at least the 2003 season. Oklahoma has won 10 straight Big 12 games, its third-longest streak in conference play since the league formed in 1996. The Sooners have won their last three against TCU (2-3, 0-2) since the Horned Frogs won in Norman in 2005.
(At) No. 13 South Carolina 35, Kentucky 28: Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for another as South Carolina, playing without injured defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, held off a Kentucky comeback. The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) again let a large lead slip away and once more were able to come away with a victory. The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) rallied from 21-0 to pull to 27-21 on Jalen Whitlow’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Timmons with 11:50 remaining.
(At) No. 14 Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30: Stephen Morris threw for three touchdowns, Duke Johnson rushed for 184 yards and Miami remained unbeaten after shaking off a problematic opening quarter. Phillip Dorsett, Clive Walford and Allen Hurns caught scoring passes for Miami (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored 21 points in the final 7:15. Dallas Crawford ran for two scores in the fourth quarter, and Ladarius Gunter added a 30-yard interception return for another touchdown with 1:08 left. David Sims had two rushing touchdowns for Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-2), which wasted a 17-point lead against Miami last season and blew another double-digit advantage Saturday — plus missed a fourth-quarter extra point that would have tied the game. The Yellow Jackets led 17-7 after controlling the first quarter, then wound up losing to Miami for the fifth straight time.
(At) No. 17 Baylor 73, West Virginia 42: Bryce Petty threw for 347 yards with two touchdowns and had one of Baylor’s eight rushing TDs as the Bears kept up their big-scoring ways. The Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) had 864 total yards, breaking the Big 12 record. They had 468 yards rushing and 396 passing. Petty completed 17 of 25 passes while playing only one drive into the second half. Lache Seastrunk had his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, coinciding with Baylor’s winning streak. He ran 15 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard score as Baylor had 28 points in the first quarter for the fourth game in a row. The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) made their Big 12 debut with a 70-63 win over Baylor last year in the league’s highest-scoring game ever. They couldn’t keep up in the rematch.
(At) No. 18 Florida 30, Arkansas 10: Solomon Patton turned two short receptions into touchdowns. The 5-foot-9 senior nicknamed “Solo” was pretty close to being a one-man show in the Swamp. Patton finished with six catches for a career-high 124 yards. He also ran for a first down. But his longest gains went the distance and were key to Florida (4-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) winning its ninth consecutive game in the series and 10th in a row at home. Tyler Murphy, making his first start at Florida Field, completed 16 of 22 passes for 240 yards and three scores — another efficient and effective outing from a fourth-year junior who somehow couldn’t get on the field the last three years. The Razorbacks (3-3, 0-2) ran the ball well early — against the league’s best defense — but fell behind on Loucheiz Purifoy’s interception return in the second quarter for a touchdown and faded from there.
No. 20 Texas Tech 54, (at) Kansas 16: Freshman sensation Baker Mayfield passed for 368 yards but was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter. Mayfield, a true freshman walk-on who has started every game, was hurt at the end of the third quarter when tackled while passing. There was no penalty. He hobbled very slowly off the field with someone helping him under each arm. He was 33 of 51 with one interception. After falling behind in the first quarter 10-0, the unbeaten Red Raiders reeled off 54 straight points, going to 5-0 (2-0 Big 12) under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury for the first time since 2008. It’s the 22nd straight Big 12 loss by Kansas (2-2, 0-1), a span which coach Charlie Weis made a point of telling everybody all week would encompass 1,063 days by Saturday.
(At) No. 21 Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29: J.W. Walsh found Charlie Moore for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter to help Oklahoma State rally. Walsh finished 24-of-38 passing for 245 yards for the Cowboys, who narrowly avoided their second straight loss after a defeat at West Virginia last week. After falling behind 29-23 in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) drove 75 yards in six plays. Walsh was 4-of-5 passing on the drive, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Moore. Ben Grogan later added a field goal for the Cowboys, one of four in the game for the freshman. Daniel Sams accounted for 299 yards of total offense and three touchdowns for the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight game.
No. 23 Fresno State 61, (at) Idaho 14: Derek Carr threw five touchdown passes as Fresno State scored at least 40 points for the fifth time this season. Davante Adams caught three touchdown passes for Fresno State (5-0), which is off to its best start since 2001, when the Bulldogs won their first six games. Idaho (1-5), coming off a win over Temple in coach Paul Petrino’s first season, didn’t score until the fourth quarter against the first ranked opponent to play in the Kibbie Dome since Boise State in 2010.
(At) Auburn 30, No. 24 Mississippi 22: Nick Marshall ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Robenson Therezie scored on a 78-yard interception return and Auburn held off Mississippi for its first win over a Top 25 team in two years. Marshall’s second scoring run gave Auburn a 27-9 lead in the third quarter. The Tigers lost two turnovers in the fourth quarter to help the Ole Miss comeback attempt. Ole Miss was held to only three field goals before Bo Wallace threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief in the third quarter and added a 12-yard scoring pass to Moncrief midway through the fourth quarter. Auburn (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) already has topped its win total from last season, when it finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2), coming off a 25-0 loss at No. 1 Alabama, has lost two straight.