Washington started its winning drive at the 35 with 8:57 left and converted on fourth-and-1 at their own 44 with Dezden Petty bulling for 2 yards. They eventually got down the Stanford 35 with 5 minutes remaining. That's when Sarkisian called for the quick screen to his star receiver. Williams broke the tackle of Terrence Brown at the line of scrimmage then sprinted down the sideline ahead of safety Ed Reynolds, who caught up enough to knock the ball loose but only after Williams had crossed the goal line.
"I put my head down, I think that's one of my strengths is putting my head down and fighting through tackles and that's what happened on that play," Williams said.
Stanford, whose only touchdown came on Trent Murphy's 40-yard interception return in the third quarter, tried to put together one last drive. Ty Montgomery dropped a potential touchdown at the Washington 5,and Stanford eventually faced fourth-and-4 at the Huskies 34 with 2 minutes left. With the defense spread out, Nunes tried to throw a fade route down the sideline to 6-foot-8 tight end Levine Toilolo. But the ball was poorly thrown and Desmond Trufant was in position to intercept the pass at the 8 with 1:46 left. Stanford used its final two timeouts to force third-and-4, but Ben Gardner jumped offside giving the Huskies a first down and the clock ran out.
"I've lost to Stanford every time since I've been here. It's great to be on the other side this time," Trufant said.
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