Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/28/12

The Washington Huskies certainly shocked Stanford last night, but they did not shock themselves in the least bit.

No one was more excited than Steve Sarkisian to get his redemption against the heartbreaking loss that Stanford gave his team the year prior.

For the second time in three weeks, a top-10 team in the Pac-12 has been upset.

It has certainly been a strange week of football at CenturyLink Field with the blown call of the Packers-Seahawks game, and last night when the students overflowed into the center of the NFL stadium after the upset.

Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Thursday night's 17-13 Washington win.

The Good: Washington fans have something to look forward to in the coming future. Coach Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies were looking bleak last year after the Andrew Luck-led Cardinal shut down Washington in their tracks. 

This upset has gotten Sarkisian and the Huskies back on their feet and it is looking to get them moving strong again. This was Washington’s first win over a top-10 team since they knocked off No. 3 USC in 2009.

The Huskies had been 0-5 since, including a 41-3 loss at LSU that took place earlier this year. Things are starting to look up for the Huskies, expect them to make the climb upwards this season.

The Bad: Stanford’s stamina, bar none. After taking down USC the week prior, they got themselves entirely too caught up in the moment and couldn’t handle the pressure that comes with taking down a top- 10 team. 

We will see in the coming weeks if Stanford regains its footing, as well as seeing if Washington can stay strong and carry their momentum into the tough schedule they have ahead.

The Ugly: Stanford’s offense was absolutely atrocious. Expecting the high-flying spectacular that we saw last year with Andrew Luck is no longer here. The Stanford offense was held without a single touchdown against the same defense that they manhandled just a year ago. Stanford went over more than 21 minutes in the first half without gaining a single first down and Nunes failed to execute on a winning drive in the closing minutes of the game.

Stanford finished with a measly 235 yards of total offense, which was the fewest yards allowed by Washington since the 2010 Holiday Bowl against Nebraska and the fewest for Stanford since 2008 against TCU. Maybe it was the stars aligning, or maybe it was just the right teams playing at the right time, but Stanford was not ready for the upset against Washington in the slightest.



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