Zach Hoffpauir had loads of fun Friday night and that meant good things for No. 25 Stanford.
Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns, and had two others called back due to penalties, as the Cardinal downed visiting Washington State, 34-17, in a Pac-12 Conference football game Friday night.
Hoffpauir recorded 15 tackles on the night after coming into the game with only 12 overall for the season.
"I didn't realize how many I had," Hoffpauir said. "The ball kept coming to me and I ended up making the tackles. I missed a few and I can get better. But it was cool."
A week after throwing for an NCAA-record 734 yards and six touchdowns against California, Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday was limited to 292 yards and two touchdowns.
"It's fun, it's a challenge and every single play you've got to focus," Hoffpauir said. "It definitely tests you mentally because they throw a lot of stuff at you and because they have good receivers."
Stanford coach David Shaw felt slowing Halliday down was due to extra defensive backs and playing smart.
"Zach Hoffpauir was great in coverage," Shaw said. "I think we played really, really smart defensively. The pressure up front helps that he can't sit back there and hold the ball and allow those guys to get open."
Barry Sanders rushed for 67 of his 68 yards in the first half as the Cardinal (2-1 Pac-12, 4-2 overall) improved to 9-0 following a loss under head coach David Shaw.
"Our runners came out and ran extremely hard," Shaw said. "The offensive line blocked extremely well. Kevin played extremely well. This was the first night we looked like us and we felt like us."
Remound Wright led the Cardinal with 98 rushing yards, 83 in the second half, on 14 carries and scored a touchdown.
Greg Taboada caught two scoring passes and Eric Cotton was also on the receiving end of a scoring toss. Jordan Williamson added a pair of field goals.
"We did a little more red zone work for the tight ends this week," Taboada said. "We put a couple more plays in and it worked out. When they call your number you've got make a play."
Ty Montgomery caught seven passes for 72 yards and returned a punt 46 yards for Stanford, which plays at Arizona State next Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.