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Dawgs help scramble BCS, beat No. 7  OSU

CenturyLink Field. Behind a rousing defense and a somewhat resilient offense, the Washington Huskies -- clad in black -- beat up on the No. 7 Oregon State Beavers, 20-17, on a rainy Saturday night in Seattle.

Helping to ameliorate the pain from the 52-17 thrashing suffered in the desert the previous week, the Washington defense picked off four passes.

UW (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) won the turnover battle, 4-1, while "physically" beating up on the Beavers, its effort somewhat mitigating the bitter memory of three straight losses, where the Huskies were outscored by a combined 128-52.

The Seattle Times quoted UW TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins as saying, "It was a physical game and we were the most physical team and that's why they lost, because they are not physical like us. We knocked them out, we punched them in the mouth and they didn't want to do anything about it, and that's why we won."

The Huskies certainly "out-Mannion-ed" the Beavers' starting quarterback Sean Mannion and his offensive line, picking  Mannion off four times and holding him to a pass efficiency rating of just 93.72. Moreover, the Beavers accumulated a paltry 109 rushing yards -- which, however, is near their season average of 108.43 yards per game (111th in the FBS).

Back from minor knee surgery, Mannion threw interceptions on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, his last pick leading to a Husky touchdown and a 17-10 lead.

Replacing Mannion, backup quarterback Cody Vaz threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Conner Hamlet to tie the score with 4:38 left. Vaz finished with an efficiency rating of 167.71 on the game, which makes one wonder why he didn't start.

Travis Coons kicked a go-ahead, 30-yard field goal with 1:09 left following a 63-yard Husky drive led by Washington quarterback Keith Price.

Measures of offensive line play (running game and pass protection):

-- The Huskies accumulated just 293 yards of total offense (now ranking 105th in the FBS), with just 99 of them coming on the ground.

-- Quarterback Price had a so-so performance throwing the ball, his passing efficiency rating being a tepid 107.65 on the game. He was sacked twice. Last season, Price had a 13-game cumulative rating of 161.93.

See NCAA statistics.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The Good:

-- The four picks

-- Bishop Sankey had 92 yards rushing and two touchdowns, his stout effort standing out on a mediocre rushing night.

-- Travis Coons averaged 41.9 yards per punt on seven punts (two inside the 20).

-- Kasen Williams' brilliant catch on the fourth-quarter field goal drive.

The Bad:

-- OSU had 427 yards of total offense and limited Washington to 293 yards.

-- Eight penalties for 84 yards, among them a personal foul penalty in the fourth quarter that erased a pick six.

The Ugly:

-- Only 99 rushing yards.

-- Just 2 of 12 third-down conversions; too many punts: 7.

Last year's top-25 opponents annihilated the Dawgs on the ground. See Table 1 below.

Table 1. Last year's rush defense against top-25 teams bodes ominously for the Dawgs in 2012. Emboldened rows are from this year's defense.

Team

Rank

UW Rushing Defense

Score

Nebraska

24

309

L 38-56

Stanford

7

446

L 21-65

Oregon

4

212

L 17-34

USC

6

252

L 17-40

Baylor

13

482

L 67-56

LSU

2 242 L 41-3

Stanford

8 65 W 17-13
Oregon 2 299 L 52-21
USC 11 204 L 24-14
OSU 7 109 W 20-17

Table 1. Keith Price's cumulative passing efficiency.

Team C A Y T I PE C A Y T I PE
SDSU 25 35 222 1 0 134.14 25 35 222 1 0 134.14
LSU 17 36 157 0 1 78.3 42 71 379 1 1 105.83
PSU 14 19 181 3 0 205.81 56 90 560 4 1 126.93
Stanford 19 37 177 1 1 95.05 75 127 737 5 2 117.64
Oregon 19 31 145 0 2 87.68 94 158 882 5 4 111.76
USC 20 28 198 2 2 140.11 114 186 1080 7 6 116.03
Arizona 29 52 256 1 2 95.78 143 238 1336 8 8 111.61
OSU 18 30 194 0 1 107.65 161 268 1530 8 9 111.16

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon State 0 0 10 7 17
Washington 3 7 0 10 20


Time Team How Player (s) OSU UW
1st qtr          
3:12 UW FG Travis Coons 45 yd FG 0 3
2nd qtr          
4:09 UW TD Bishop Sankey 1 yd run (Travis Coons kick) 0 10
3rd qtr
7:37 OSU TD Brandin Cooks 54 yd pass from Sean Mannion (Trevor Romaine kick) 7 10
2:42 OSU FG Trevor Romaine 29 yd FG 10 10
4th qtr
8:19 UW TD Bishop Sankey 1 yd run (Travis Coons kick) 10 17
4:58 OSU TD Connor Hamlett 29 yd pass from Cody Vaz (Trevor Romaine kick) 17 17
1:20 UW FG Travis Coons 30 yd FG 17 20

 

Statistics OSU UW
Total First Downs 19 15
  Rushing 4 5
  Passing 14 8
  Penalty 1 2
Total Net Yards 427 293
Net Yards Passing 318 194
Net Yards Rushing 109 99
Completions-att-int 25-45-4 18-30-1
Punts, yards, average 3-110; 36.7 7-293; 41.9
Sacks by (number, yards) 2-8 2-8
Kickoff Returns: number, yds, tds 4-68-0 3-63-0
Punt returns: number, yds, tds 1-0-0 0-0-0
Kickoff Yards 4-249 5-280
Net Yards per kickoff 41.5 37.4
Average yards per kickoff 62.2 56.0
Touchbacks (kickoffs) 1 1
Third-down conversions 5 of 14 2 of 12
Interception returns: no., yds, tds 1-0-0 4-34-0
Penalties, no., Yards 6-50 8-84
Fumbles; number/lost 1-0 1-0
Time of Possession  27:57 32:03

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Sean Mannion; 93.72 18 34 221 1 4
Cody Vaz; 167.71 7 11 97 1 0
           
Washington          
Keith Price; 107.65 18 30 194 0 1
           
OSU Rushing No. yds tds long  
Storm Woods 15 90 0 29  
Brandin Cooks 4 22 0 17  
Tyler Anderson 1 3 0 3  
Malcom Agnew 1 2 0 2  
Cody Vaz 1 -4 0 0  
Sean Mannion 1 -4 0 0  
           
Washington Rushing No. yds tds long
Kendyl Taylor 3 11 0 7  
Bishop Sankey 25 92 2 13  
Keith Price 3 -6 0 2  
Jaydon Mickens 1 4 0 4  
Team 1 0 -2 0  
           
OSU Pass Receiving No. yds tds long
Brandin Cooks 9 123 1 54  
Richard Mullaney 4 70 0 45  
Storm Woods 4 37 0 19  
Conner Hamlett 3 43 1 29  
Markus Wheaton 2 25 0 25  
Colby Prince 2 15 0 12  
Obum Gwacham 1 5 0 5  
           
Washington Pass Rec. No. yds tds long
Kasen Williams 5 61 0 29  
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 3 31 0 20  
Marvin Hall 1 5 0 5  
Jaydon Mickens 2 42 0 24  
Kendyl Taylor 2 12 0 8  
Mark Hartvigson 2 33 0 31  
Bishop Sankey 3 10 0 7  
           
Punting        
OSU No. yds avg long IN20
Keith Kostol 3 110 36.7 40 1
           
Washington          
   
Travis Coons 7 293 41.9 51 2
           
Attendance: 60,842          

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