Dec 5, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Austin Jones (20) rushes for a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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Stanford holds off Washington despite second-half rally

Austin Jones rushed 31 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Pacific-12 Conference’s top-ranked defense as Stanford upset No. 22 Washington 31-26 Saturday in Seattle.

Davis Mills completed 20 of 30 passes for 252 yards and a score for the Cardinal (2-2), who held on after building a 24-3 halftime lead.

The Huskies (3-1) nearly rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit for the second consecutive week, after defeating Utah 24-21 the previous Saturday at home.

Sean McGrew’s 2-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game, pulled Washington within 31-23 with 11:03 remaining.

The Huskies’ Trent McDuffie forced Jones to fumble near midfield on Stanford’s next possession and Edefuan Ulofoshio returned it 39 yards to the Stanford 10-yard line.

Two plays later, a touchdown pass from Dylan Morris to Ty Jones that could have tied the score with a two-point conversion with 9:59 left was called back by a holding penalty. Another holding call pushed Washington back to the 29-yard line before Peyton Henry’s 45-yard field goal made it 31-26 with 7:54 remaining.

The Huskies never got the ball back, as Jones helped the Cardinal run out the clock.

Stanford was 10 of 13 on third-down conversions and 2 for 2 on fourth down.

Morris completed 15 of 23 passes for 254 yards, without a touchdown or interception. McGrew rushed for a team-high 65 yards on 16 carries.

The Cardinal scored on their first five drives of the game, with four of those ending in touchdowns.

Jones scored on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard in the first quarter to give Stanford a 14-0 lead.

After a Henry field goal, Nathaniel Peat scored on a 3-yard run and Jet Toner kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the half to make it 24-3.

Washington scored TDs on three straight drives in the second half to pull within 31-23. McGrew scored on rushes of 6 and 2 yards and Morris tallied a 1-yard TD sneak.

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