SEATTLE - The Beavers came to Seattle as huge underdogs against No.5 Washington and after a beat down at the hands of the Huskies, learned the hard way why UW is not only the best team in the Pacific Northwest, but the class of the Pac-12.
The Huskies, led by sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, tore through the Oregon State defense with ease. To Oregon State’s credit, they did have plenty of good plays, and good defensive drives in fact, but it was the mistakes that hurt them.
As Bright Ugwoegbu said post game, "When facing a team like this you have to be more diciplined. We can't makes any mistakes." Good teams like Washington will take advantage when their opponents trip up, and that's just what the Huskies did.
Of Browning’s three touchdown passes on the night, two of them came on busted coverage. Browning once finding Aaron Fuller wide open in the corner of the end zone, and once finding Dante Pettis free up the middle for a long touchdown pass. The busted plays resulted in both receivers catching the ball with no defenders within 10-yards of them.
When OSU made a mistake, Washington would land a haymaker. However, on the plays they didn’t have a mental lapse, OSU showed they have the talent to stand strong.
This is the same Washington team that just hung 70 on the Oregon Ducks, mind you, but managed to score jsut 10 second half points. Sure, the backups played a most of the fourth quarter, but still OSU showed they have fight.
They may have fought hard, but in the end the talent gap was just too much for the Beavers to overcome. The fact that a large chunk of their depth, including star running back Ryan Nall, missed the game with injuries didn’t help the matter. Despite the loss, there is plenty the Beavers can take away from this game. The defense showed at times that it can stop a talented offense, while the offense, especially in the second half, showed it can put a drive together and score points.
But at the end of the day, it was just another classic Beavers performance. I feel like a broken record, because I have written this before, but the Beavers team we saw in the second half would have blown out the Beavers team we saw in the first. Win of lose, the only thing Oregon State needs to focus on these final five games is how to play a football game for a full 60 minutes. They did once this season, and looked what happened. They beat Cal in overtime.
Let’s hope they can find whatever worked that weekend and apply it the rest of the way. Otherwise, these results will continue to feel like Déjà vu all over again.
Final score: Oregon State 17 – Washington 41
Next Up: The Beavers return home next weekend for a matchup with the Washington State Cougars. Kickoff is set for 7:45 PM on Saturday, October 29.
Marcus McMaryion – 12 for 26, 148 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tim Cook: 18 attempts, 108 yards and a touchdown
Victor Bolden: two attempts, 75 yards and a touchdown
Victor Bolden: five catches, 58 yards
Timmy Hernandez: two catches, 33 yards
Jordan Villamin: two catches, 41 yards
Jake Browning – 14 for 28, 219 yards and three touchdowns
Myles Gaskin - 18 carries, 128 yards and a touchdown
Jake Browning – five carries, 22 yards and a touchdown
John Ross – four catches, 115 yards
Dante Pettis – four catches, 112 yards and two touchdowns