Lifeless Beavs two steps slow in 37-13 loss

WITH EVERYTHING TO play for, Oregon State didn't show up. The Beavers looked a step slow all night against Washington in a 37-13 loss in Seattle that means they must win the Civil War to become bowl eligible.

The o-line couldn't handle three rushers at times, let alone a blitz. The defense missed tackles and gave up three TD plays of 50-plus yards.

The turning point in the game came early in the third quarter.

Oregon State's defense forced a three and out to start the third quarter. Immediately after the punt, Sean Mannion found Rahmel Dockery for 46 yards to the Washington 23-yard line.

OSU was in business. As badly as they had played, they had momentum and a chance to trim the lead to 17-14.

Oregon State got greedy. Sean Mannion's pass was intercepted and return for 59 yards to the Beaver 29-yard line.

"That was maybe the biggest play in the second half," said Mike Riley. "At that point we had to play too much defense, we were way too inconsistent on offense."

Down 23-7 with time running out in the third quarter, Oregon State got the lead back down to 10 again on an 11-yard hookup from Mannion to Jordan Villamin, his second TD grab of the game.

But the Beavs were blanked in the fourth quarter while UW put two more touchdowns on the board.

Oregon State's final offensive play of the game on fourth-and-goal was emblematic of the night up front: UW rushed only three and still sacked Mannion, their fourth sack on the night. And it provided the second bookend -- the first play of the game was also a UW sack of Mannion.

Oregon State came out flat and was burned in the first quarter on a 54-yard TD pass and a 68-yard run straight up the gut.

Trailing 17-0 and facing third-and-25 from their own five-yard line, Mannion tossed a bomb from the end zone to a streaking Victor Bolden for 72 yards. A few plays later, OSU found the end zone on Villamin's first TD grab.

"We made some pretty good plays but the thing that really killed us were bad plays on first down... that was the story of the first half," said Riley.

Villamin finished with five catches for 61 yards and two scores.

"He is a big man and he's hard to tackle, and I think he's just going to just continue to get better," said Riley.

Bolden finished with 10 catches for 145 yards.

Mannion was 30-46 for 314 yards with two TDs and an interception. Storm Woods carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards, while Damien Haskins saw his most extensive action to date with six carries for 27 hashes. Chris Brown had one carry for one yard.

"I thought we played a lot of good football defensively in many different stages," Riley said he told the team after the game.

I saw things differently from my chair.

Yes, there were some occasions Oregon State stuffed up the run for no gain. But there were many more times when UW backs simply rifled through the Beaver defense. Not sure how you can do "a lot of good things defensively" when the opponent rushes for 226 yards on 35 carries (6.5 ypc).

The opposing quarterback went 18-23 for 253 yards with two TDs, wasn't intercepted and was only sacked once.

There were multiple missed tackles and bad angles throughout, in my view. Unlike last week against then No. 6 ASU, Oregon State never had a bunch of hats flying to the football. They always seemed to be reacting, and a step slow.

Actually, make that two steps slow.

And now they must win at home next Saturday in the Civil War to extend their season. Win or stay home. Bowl game or bust.

The Civil War will be televised nationally on ABC, with a 5 p.m. start time.


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