A pair of Stanford student-athletes earned recognition Monday from the Pac-12 Conference as Trent Murphy was named Defensive Player of the Week while Ty Montgomery was tabbed Special Teams Player of the Week.
Montgomery proved to be the difference-maker in last Saturday's 31-28 win over Washington for the fifth-ranked Cardinal. The junior amassed 290 all-purpose yards including a school-record 204 kickoff return yards.
Montgomery's evening began with a game-opening 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first by a Cardinal player since 2009. Twenty-six of Montgomery's 35 rushing yards came on a first-quarter Stanford drive, giving him 125 all-purpose yards on his first two offensive touches.
The wide receiver added a 39-yard receiving touchdown before halftime and a 68-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
Murphy was a force for the Cardinal defense with six tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry against the Huskies. The fifth-year senior outside linebacker tipped a fourth-quarter pass which led to A.J. Tarpley's red-zone interception.
Murphy enters Saturday's game at Utah tied for eighth in program history with 21.5 career sacks.
The undefeated Cardinal puts its 5-0 record on the line when it travels to Utah for a conference game Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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