Stanford's Reid earns weekly Pac-12 football honor


Stanford junior football player Justin Reid was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week it was announced Monday by the conference.

Reid had a team-high seven tackles, added a game-changing tackle for loss and had the game-clinching interception to lead Stanford to a 23-20 win over previously unbeaten and 20th-ranked Utah.

Late in the third quarter, with Stanford clinging to a six-point lead on the road, Utah had first-and-goal at the two-yard line.

Reid assisted on a tackle to stuff the Utes at the one and on the next play, Reid came up to pin the Utes for a one-yard loss. Utah settled for a field goal, and Stanford never surrendered the lead.

Reid had an interception for the third straight game, and his late fourth-quarter pick all but clinched Stanford's first top-25 regular-season road win outside of California since 2012.

Reid has five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in FBS.

Once again, he was all over the field and made a heads-up play in the fourth quarter by catching a Jake Bailey punt at the Utah 5 to pin the Utes.

"I don't know if there's another safety playing at his level," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "It's just not pure athletic ability. It's desire."

Notes: After making his first 34 kicks as a collegian (10 field goals, 24 extra points), sophomore Jet Toner missed a 27-yard field goal. He rebounded by converting a 46-yarder late in the first half to lift the Cardinal to a 13-10 lead

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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