Sunday, October 17, 2010
Final: Washington 35, Oregon State 34 (2 OT)
By Ted Miller
Oregon State is not afraid to take chances. Just look at the Beavers schedule, which includes two top-five teams.
So it wasn't surprising when coach Mike Riley opted to go for two -- and the win -- in the second overtime against Washington.
But when H-back Joe Halahuni couldn't handle a good throw from Ryan Katz, the Huskies prevailed in a 35-34 thriller.
Strange game. The Huskies jumped ahead 21-0. Then the Beavers tied it. Then the defenses took over and neither offense could score -- until OT.
Both superstars showed up -- big. Washington QB Jake Locker hurled five TD tosses, passing for 286 yards and rushing for 60 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers had 140 yards on 32 carries with three TDs. He also caught four passes for 49 yards and a TD.
The Huskies outgained the Beavers 475 yards to 353, and the difference was the regression of Katz, who threw three interceptions and completed just 17 of 31 passes for 206 yards. He threw for 393 yards at Arizona last weekend and arrived in Seattle with just one pick in the previous five games.
The Beavers figure to tumble from the national rankings as they fall to 3-3 on the year and 2-1 in the Pac-10. They are off next weekend.
Washington improves to 3-3 and 2-1 in the conference and greatly increased its bowl chances with a victory. The Huskies are at Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats will be without starting QB Nick Foles, who suffered a knee injury vs. Washington State.