Washington State coach Mike Leach, the innovator of the air-raid offense, brings a staunch defense into the “Seattle Game” when his Cougars face No. 5 Stanford in a Pac-12 Conference battle at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.
The Cougars, ranked 10th in the nation in total defense, have won three straight for the first time since 2006 and are allowing 12 points per contest. Leach's offense still remains formidable as quarterback Connor Halliday has already thrown for more than 300 yards three times.
Stanford roared out to a 29-0 lead to dispose of Arizona State in its first true test of the season a week ago. While the Sun Devils scored at will down the stretch to make things interesting, eventually falling 42-28, coach David Shaw was not about to apologize for the effort.
“I could care less about style points,” Shaw said. “I could care less about what it looks like.”
The Cardinal will be without star safety Ed Reynolds for the first half, a result of a hit to the helmet last week. Also, star offensive lineman David Yankey will miss the game due to a family matter.
Stanford enters the game winners of 11 straight, the second-longest streak in the nation, trailing only Ohio State's 16 consecutive victories.
In last year's meeting with the Cougars, the Cardinal recorded a school-record 10 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss on the way to the 24-17 victory.
Stanford has beaten Washington State five straight times.
Stanford vs. Washington State
WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
RADIO: KTCT (1050 AM)