Arcega-White­side’s in­jury slows of­fense

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - FOOTBALL - By Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

SEAT­TLE — Stan­ford wide re­ceiver JJ Arcega-White­side had to be helped off the field Satur­day night af­ter an ap­par­ent in­jury to his right knee in the sec­ond quar­ter at Husky Sta­dium.

He didn’t re­turn, a se­vere blow to the Car­di­nal of­fense in a 27-23 loss to Wash­ing­ton. There was no im­me­di­ate word on the sever­ity of his in­jury.

Arcega-White­side had just caught a pass for 11 yards when he was hit by Huskies cor­ner­back By­ron Mur­phy. It was Arcega-White­side’s only re­cep­tion of the night.

Ear­lier in the sec­ond quar­ter Arcega-White­side drew a pass in­ter­fer­ence call against Keith Tay­lor. It was the 14th penalty the 6-foot-3, 225-pound re­ceiver has drawn this sea­son — 12 pass in­ter­fer­ence and two hold­ing calls for 190 penalty yards.

Ear­lier in the week, head coach David Shaw said some of the penal­ties were good plays by the de­fense. “They pre­vented touch­downs,” he said. First-down drought: It took Stan­ford 18½ min­utes to col­lect a first down. It came on a K.J. Costello pass to Trent Ir­win for 12 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter. A 15-yard tar­get­ing penalty was called on Huskies safety Jojo McIn­tosh, who was ejected for his hel­met-first hit to Ir­win’s mid­sec­tion.

The Car­di­nal would have had a first down late in the first quar­ter. But a com­ple­tion to tight end Kaden Smith for an ap­par­ent first down was nul­li­fied by a hold­ing penalty against cen­ter Jesse Bur­kett. Wed­ing­ton back: Stan­ford wide re­ceiver Con­nor Wed­ing­ton made his first ap­pear­ance since the opener. Back from an undis­closed in­jury, the Wash­ing­ton na­tive caught a pass for 6 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Her­big out again: Start­ing right guard Nate Her­big is still out with what’s be­lieved to be a shoul­der in­jury. It was the third straight game that Her­big, one of the team’s best of­fen­sive line­men, has missed.

Or­der of bowls: Stan­ford is still not bowl-el­i­gi­ble with three games to go. If it fin­ishes 7-5 or 6-6, it will go to one of the Pac-12’s lesser bowl games.

Af­ter the Rose, Alamo and Hol­i­day bowls, the re­main­ing bowls in the peck­ing or­der are Red­box in Santa Clara, Sun in El Paso, Las Ve­gas, and CheezIt in Phoenix.

Briefly: Backup Colin Ric­citelli han­dled the place­kicks for Stan­ford be­cause Jet Toner has an undis­closed in­jury or ail­ment. … Fresh­man de­fen­sive line­man Thomas Booker had his first start in place of Jo­van Swann. He shared a sack with Casey Toohill in the first half. … Swann was called for a hands-to-the-face penalty on the Huskies’ first touch­down drive.

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