On a weekend that saw the Stanford football team set a record for most victories (11) in a season, surpassing the 10-0 mark of the 1940 squad and the 10-0-1 of the 1926 national championship team, Cardinal grad Toby Gerhart had his finest day as a professional in the NFL.
With starter Adrian Peterson sidelined since the second quarter with an ankle injury, Gerhart filled in with a career day of 22 carries for 76 yards. Gerhart scored on a five-yard run to give the Minnesota Vikings a 14-7 lead in the third quarter to help the Vikings post a 17-13 victory over Washington and end a nine-game road losing streak.
"Is Toby an explosive player like Adrian? I don't think anyone is," said Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre. "But, he's pretty darn good."
Gerhart, the game's leading rusher, also caught two passes for five yards while former Stanford receiver Greg Camarillo from Menlo-Atherton High had one catch for 12 yards for the Vikings.
Gerhart came into the game with 86 rushing yards on the season.