It was a big night for Cameron Scarlett, Davis Mills and Simi Fehoko and even Stanford football coach David Shaw might have done a little reveling.
The Cardinal returned home and played the role of conquering warriors, beating 15th-ranked Washington 23-13 in exactly the way preferred by Shaw: methodical, physical and taking a shot deep when the time seemed right.
"Most people wouldn't understand a team like us, playing with confidence, but that's fine," Shaw said. "People don't have to understand. We've got good players. I like our schemes in all three phases. We just need to relax and let go and we did that today."
Scarlett was his own offensive line at times, driving forward and opening holes, gaining extra yards at every turn. He carried the ball 33 times for 151 yards, both career highs. Shaw just continued to call his number and Scarlett just continued to produce.
"I knew today was going to be the day," Scarlett said. "I've been sick and tired of rushing for 90 yards, the 92, 97; I see that. One thing I wanted was to get over a hundred and wanted to do whatever I could to make sure the offense could move the ball and I felt like I did that, picking up some big first downs in crucial situations, and I feel like that's something this offense can rely on and will continue to build on."
Scarlett took the ball more often than Mills threw it and it worked both ways. Mills was 21 of 30 for 293 yards and a touchdown, easily his best game to date.
"I knew he was going to come in and ball out just like he did last week," Scarlett said."He's a very confident guy and one of the best arms I've seen, He's in there making plays, making the right calls and ready to spin that ball out. I love to see it."
Mills' touchdown pass was to a wide open Simi Fehoko, who finished a 42-yard scoring play, his first touchdown in college.
"Offensively, Davis Mills played really well," Shaw said. "Great to see Simi Fehoko. He's been so close. We know he's got so much ability and when he has a game like that, it takes so much pressure off of Colby Parkinson and the other receivers."
Shaw said one of Scarlett's best contributions of the night came in pass protection. He picked up a safety blitz that allowed Mills to find Fehoko.
"The biggest challenge we gave Cam this year was that he needs to be a great pass protector," Shaw said. "If you're going to be the lead back, you have to be able to run and we have to be able to do play action. And the touchdown to Simi Fehoko that we're faking on the left and the safety blitz came on the right and Cam came all the way down and made a great block and allowed us to get the ball off. Can't say enough about where Cam Scarlett is right now. Just playing such great football."
Stanford (3-3, 2-2 Pac-12) gets a few extra days to prepare for UCLA's 6 p.m. visit on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Defensively, our best game start to finish," Shaw said. "We talked about slowing down the run. We talked about getting after the passer and we were able to do that. We talked about, gosh, what would it be like if we played with a lead.."