Game At a Glance
Five-hundred and thirty rushing yards along with seven touchdowns with three tailbacks and 692 yards of total offense – that's what Washington stacked on the Beavers. A resounding "ouch" just doesn't do this loss justice, as the Huskies picked up the second most yards on the ground in UW history, shocking Mike Riley and the Beavers into paralysis.
Oregon State's junior quarterback Sean Mannion tossed three picks en route to what was perhaps his, and his offensive line's, worst night of football in 2013 – and given the three losses that preceded this clunker, that's saying something.
You could argue that OSU's collective inability to maintain control of the football and work their way downfield -- when it was still a game -- left their defense in tatters, susceptible to the absolutely crushing run attack that Washington had prepared for Riley's Beavers. But OSU's defense, from the jump, was flatter than three-day old Reser potato salad left out in the cold and then run over by a Zamboni.
UW running back Bishop Sankey racked up 125 yards on just 11 carries during a first quarter – and that quarter felt more like a first half, The Huskies went on a rapid 17-0 run to start off Oregon State's last home game of 2013 and end the suspense early.
But the real storyline isn't Sankey's individual efforts. I wish this loss was that easy to explain away. Washington piled up a total of 486 yards rushing between three running backs – proof that Oregon State just didn't come to play with the big boys Saturday night.
Freshman QB and first time starter Cyler Miles took control early, and making it look easy, as UW took a 14-0 lead before some Beaver fans had found their seats.
Mannion had little time, and then made the same mistakes he's been making in the season's second half – this time it resulted in two first half picks and three total. That porous offensive line performance combined with multiple third-and-long scenarios did not bode well. Constantly, early on, the Beavs struggled to battle their way out of their own red zone, let alone get the ball into Husky territory.
And while the offense continued to sputter and spin out of control, Mark Banker's defense had a brief moment where they tried to turn the tide. But it didn't last long.
Oregon State's offense went the entirety of the first half without a single third down set where they had anything less than seven yards to gain in order to move the chains. The result was to leave their defensive cohorts further in the lurch, having to defend shortened field after shortened field.
And when the whistle blew on the first half, the Huskies had a commanding 27-0 lead with 319 yards of total offense -- 197 more hashes than the Beavs.
And that was just the first half, folks.
The second half was more of the same. Washington repeatedly lumped salt on the open wounds of a Beaver defense that seemed to fade further. It wasn't long before second- and third-string Husky running backs started racking up the yards on a Beaver defense that just didn't have any answers.
The second half was just insult to injury, and led to serious concerns and questions headed into the Civil War on Friday (Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m.)
Players of the Game
Turning Point/Game Changer
Mannion was unable to find liftoff with sophomore wideout Richard Mullaney, and juniors Cooks and H-back Connor Hamlett were stifled time and again off the line in one-on-one coverage. Mix that with an offensive line who couldn't handle four rushers let alone more, a Beaver rush attack that managed minus-1 yards (including sacks) in the first half – and the turning point in this one might have been the Huskies merely showing up on the field. But we'll go with Mannion's second pick. OSU's defense had finally shown signs of life early in the second quarter but the interception let UW score again – it was "only" a field goal but it made the score 17-0 and OSU never again showed any sign they were ready to take back ‘Ol Mo.
Unexpected Developments -
Meaningless Stats of the Game-
Special Teams Edge – Goes To OSU