Preparing to face Washington a season ago, Stanford thought they would need the arm of Andrew Luck to dispatch of the Huskies.
Then Stepfan Taylor and his teammates started running - and never were stopped.
The eighth-ranked Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) head out on the road for the first time in 2012 on Thursday night when they travel to Washington (2-1, 0-0) looking to keep on running over the Huskies the way they did a year ago when Stanford set a school record with 446 yards rushing in the 65-21 victory.
It's been a dramatic few weeks for Stanford, which has gone from being peppered with questions about how it would survive without Luck, to now cracking the AP top 10 following its 21-14 upset of USC less than two weeks ago. That escape from San Jose State's upset bid in a 20-17 win to open the season is now long in the memory banks.