STANFORD -- Stanford coach David Shaw on Tuesday offered a searing response to accusations by Washington coach Steve Sarkisian that the Cardinal faked injuries to slow the Huskies' no-huddle offense.
"We don't fake injuries," Shaw said. "We never have and we never will. I don't care what Sarkisian thinks he saw ... I have strict instructions from every boss on campus to run a program that's above reproach."
Shaw declined to comment when asked if he had spoken to Sarkisian about the matter but said he wasn't angry.
"Just think he crossed the line. Could see him tomorrow and say hi. But I'm going to defend what we do."
Shaw said it was "unprofessional" for Sarkisian to call out an assistant coach by
"The only assistant coach I've ever known to order players to fake injuries coaches at Washington," Shaw said, referring to defensive-line coach Tosh Lupoi, who admitted to asking a player to fake an injury during his time on Cal's staff.
Shaw also took exception to Sarkisian's saying, "I guess that's how we play here at Stanford."
"How we play here at Stanford," Shaw said, "is averaging five and a half penalties a game. We're one of the least penalized teams in the nation. How we play here at Stanford has led to three BCS bowl games in a row, a Pac-12, a Rose Bowl and an Orange Bowl championship and 100 percent graduation rate.
"We're one of the most well-respected programs in the nation. I'm not going to put that on the line just to beat Washington."
Sarkisian didn't mention Stanford players by name, but linebacker Shayne Skov and defensive end Ben Gardner -- fifth-year seniors and two of the Cardinal's best players -- left the game briefly in the second half.
Gardner injured his arm, Skov his knee. An MRI exam taken after the game revealed no structural damage, and Skov is expected to play Saturday at Utah.
"I don't understand where it's coming from," linebacker A.J. Tarpley said of Sarkisian's accusations. "(Gardner and Skov) are the last guys we'd want to take off the field."
Sarkisian was asked about Shaw's comments on the Pac-12's weekly teleconference.
"We saw what we saw, and we'll leave it at that," he said. "I think two reasonable people can disagree on something and move forward."
Montgomery returned the opening kick 99 yards for a touchdown and set a school record with 204 kickoff return yards.
Murphy had 21/2 tackles for loss and prevented a touchdown by deflecting a pass at the 7-yard line. The ball was intercepted by Tarpley.
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