Heading into this contest, the Huskies came off a hard-fought 31-24 overtime thriller last weekend against California, where they showed grit in the end. Washington entered this game as 2-point underdogs, with the Beavers were playing this game at home and riding a three-game winning streak. In the end, the Huskies couldn’t make the key plays down the stretch to finish the game off with a victory, as they fell 27-24 in a game that went back and forth.
On offense, the Huskies received the ball first and made the most of their opportunity on the road! Washington quarterback Dylan Morris marched the Dawgs down the field for a touchdown on a 6 play, 75-yard drive. Wide receiver Terrell Bynum scored on a 44-yard reception and put the Huskies up 7-0 with 12:02 left in the 1st quarter. The Huskies had full momentum until running back Cameron Davis fumbled the ball at Washington’s own 11-yard line. After that, the Beavers scored 14 straight points and seized momentum. At the end of the first half, and the Huskies trailing by 7 points, running back Kamari Pleasant came in and provided a huge spark with 6 carries for 55 yards. The drive resulted in a 20-yard field goal made by placekicker Peyton Henry. The Huskies went into the locker room trailing 14-10 at halftime. In the second half, the Huskies’ offense was able to get some positive yards on the ground and actually led 24-17 with around 9:00 minutes left, but couldn’t convert a critical 4th and 1 on their own side of the field. A gutsy call by Washington head coach Jimmy Lake didn’t pay off and cost the Huskies the game. RB Sean McGrew had two touchdowns and was fantastic in the “McGrewcat” formation!
Defensively, it was a game where Washington knew all week that they needed to stop the run to have any chance at winning the game. The Beavers had their way with running the ball for most of the first half as they finished with 106 yards total. Oregon State running back B.J. Baylor had 60 yards on 13 carries. The Huskies’ defense was able to come up with a huge momentum-shifting interception in the 2nd quarter when defensive back Asa Turner picked off Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan. Overall, the Huskies defense held Oregon State to 126 total yards in the first half, with only surrendering 20 yards through the air! The Huskies needed to find a way to make adjustments at halftime and stop the run in the second half! In the 4th quarter, defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele got a critical sack, which forced the fumble recovery by defensive lineman Sam Taimani, helping the Huskies take the lead; but it wasn’t enough to help seal the deal for the Huskies. Oregon State placekicker Everett Hayes converted a 24-yard field goal as time expired.
This was a devastating loss for the Huskies. There is no way to sugarcoat it. This game was for sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 North and the Huskies surrendered a nine-game winning streak against Oregon State. It’s the first time in Beavers history that they have led the division at any point. The Huskies head into the bye week with this loss looming over their heads and a lot of questions and heat on the UW coaching staff. It will be up to the coaching staff to find another angle to keep the players focused and get recharged for the rest of the season! It is officially time to wonder where this season and program are headed going forward. Hopefully they can get it turned around and get to a bowl game in the postseason.
Next up for the Huskies (2-3, 1-1) is the bye week. Following the bye week, the Huskies will face off against the UCLA Bruins, at Husky Stadium, on Saturday, October 16th, with a kickoff time to be determined at a later date. The game will be televised but has not been assigned yet.
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