Saturday, November 19, 2011
Halftime: Oregon State 17, Washington 14
By Ted Miller
Nick Montana has thrown two touchdown passes to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but it's clear that Washington is going to lean on running back Chris Polk at Oregon State.
And Polk has come through with 17 carries for 70 yards against the Beavers.
The bigger issue, as has been the case much of the season, is the Huskies defense, which has been picked apart by QB Sean Mannion, who was 11 for 13 for 102 yards with two TDs in the first half. The Huskies also gave up a 56-yard run to receiver Markus Wheaton and they trail 17-14 at the break.
Montana, playing for an injured Keith Price, threw an interception and is being used conservatively. He's completed 7 of 11 for 39 yards -- just 3.5 yards per completion.
Oregon State receiver James Rodgers was hurt late in the second quarter, but it appears to be his ankle, not his surgically-repaired knee. He'd caught four passes for 48 yards and a TD before going down.
The Huskies' bowl prospects would take a hit with a loss, which would be their fourth in five games after a 5-1 start.