STANFORD -- Stanford safety Jordan Richards, who leads the nation in passes defended, prides himself on being in the right place at the right time.
This week, he could need to linger there a few seconds longer.
Washington quarterback Keith Price might not have the arm strength or receiving threats that USC's Matt Barkley possesses. But Price presents entirely different problems for a Cardinal secondary that hasn't allowed a passing touchdown in nine quarters.
"He tries to make plays even when he scrambles," said Richards, a sophomore from Folsom. "We have to be cognizant of where the receivers are."
The specific challenge for Stanford on Thursday is one of stamina -- both physical and mental.
Unlike many quarterbacks, Price doesn't transform into a runner when he tucks the ball and exits the pocket. He'll buy time on the perimeter, search for open receivers downfield and throw on the run without hesitation.
"The average play is five or six seconds, but it's seven or eight seconds with Price," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "We'll have to stay in our coverage a little longer."
The task of containing Price, a junior who completes 62.2 percent of his passes, starts with Stanford's vaunted front seven.
"We have to make sure our guys are fresh and be disciplined with our rush lanes," Shaw said. "We can't let him escape outside. That's when he can really hurt you."
His absence creates more opportunities for sophomore Ricky Seale and freshman Remound Wright, who have combined for 24 yards in nine carries.
"I would like them a lot better if it was before school started," Shaw said. "It works contradictory to our educational mission, getting back at 2 or 3 (a.m.) Friday and trying to get these guys to go to 9 o'clock classes.
"But as far as the national exposure, it's great for our program; it's great for our conference."
The game isn't sold out, although Stanford reported an increase in ticket sales after the victory over USC.
Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Washington (2-1, 0-0), 6 p.m. ESPN