The Beavers were down 13-17 with 5:15 left in the third quarter. The Huskies decided to bring the house but the Beaver offense was ready. RB Yvenson Bernard started the play off by making a beautiful block on a blitzing linebacker. QB Matt Moore stayed calm in the pocket, sidestepping the purple and gold defenders slapping at his feet, and released a 40 yard pass to a wide open Sammie Stroughter.
Anthony Wheat-Brown obliterated a Husky defensive back on a beautiful block freeing up Stroughter to turn around the Husky safety and complete the 80-yard passing play for a touchdown and the lead for good.
"There were no safeties (deep) and they were pretty much bringing everybody," he said. "As the play was going on, I was thinking to myself, 'I don't know if I'm going to be able to get this ball off.' . . . I knew Sammie was going to be wide open."
Players of the game.
Offense - QB Matt Moore. Moore finished 14 of 19 for a season high 308 yards (241 in the second half), with one touchdown and one interception. He never got down even when Sean Canfield took snaps in the second half or when a pass went through TE Joe Newton's hands and was picked off. Moore was a positive force on the sidelines and in the huddle providing much needed senior leadership.
Defense - LB Derrick Doggett. Doggett was everywhere as he grabbed 10 tackles, including one sack, and forced a fumble, while keeping Stanback in check all game long.
Special teams - PK Alexis Serna. Serna made his 80th consecutive extra point, tying a school record, and hit his 12th and 13th field goals of his career at Husky Stadium.
Nice job coach.
Late in the first quarter the Huskies went for it on fourth down and CB Coye Francies made an excellent open field tackle to force a turnover on downs. Francies was excited and proceeded to get in the face of the receiver. Coach Jay Locey alertly yanked Francies away before Francies picked up a personal foul.
On third and three from the Beavers' 32 Doggett tackled Stanback for a three yard loss. On fourth and six Doggett again tracked down Stanback for no gain. If you watch the replay you will see Riley come jumping in slapping his players on the helmet and yelling at them for the great plays they made.
Doggett's back to back plays in the second half reminded this fan of James Allen's three consecutive tackles for loss against Arizona in 2000.
Mobile Matt and the big play is back
Indecision plagued Moore throughout the first five games of the year, but against Washington that was not the case. He stayed calm in the pocket and went through his progressions while providing strong leadership on and off the field. Moore looked particularly comfortable on the rollouts as he picked up at least one first down with his feet.
Through the first four games of the year, Moore had completed just one pass over 20 yards. Against Washington State he completed two passes for over 25 yards and against Washington he completed five passes (51, 24, 80, 27 and 40) for over 20 yards. Let's hope the upward trend continues against Arizona this weekend.
Turnovers and third downs still a problem.
Despite the victory turnovers continue to be a problem. A week ago the offense turned the ball over five times taking points off of the board. This week the Beavers turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and one fumble), resulting in one Husky touchdown. If it was not for the turnovers, the game would have been a blowout.
The offense continued to struggle on third downs converting just 2 of 10, but that statistic isn't has bad as it looks as the Beavers were picking up plenty of yards on first and second down to keep the chains moving.
For the second consecutive game the Oregon State defense dominated its opponent. This time they were rewarded with a win.
The defense recorded 13 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks and limited the Huskies to a season low 17 points. Dorian Smith had two sacks while Victor Butler, Alan Darlin and Derrick Doggett all chipped in with one a piece. Smith and Butler combined for another.
DE Jeff Van Orsow had his best game of the season notching three tackles for loss while CB Coye Francies, a one time UW verbal, delivered several bone jarring hits while adding four tackles for loss. The dangerous Isaiah Stanback was sacked three times, held to 11 yards rushing, and had only 162 yards through the air.
The defense limited the Husky offense to 256 total yards and a measly 77 yards in the second half. The defense has recorded 11 sacks in the last two games and is second in the conference with 23 this year.
After racking up over 220 all purpose yards against Washington State a week ago, Stroughter did the majority of his damage against UW on offense as he caught seven passes for a career high 223 yards. The highlight was his 80 yard touchdown catch, the first touchdown of his collegiate career, where he turned a UW defender inside out. His performance was fourth-greatest single-game receiving yardage total in school history.
He fielded three punts, but UW kicked away from him most of the game.
This and that.
- RB Yvenson Bernard had his ninth 100 yard rushing game of his career. He
had season highs in yards (144) and carries (29) and finished with two rushing
touchdowns. Bernard moved into 14th place in all-purpose yards with 2,582,
seventh in rushing yards at 1,980 and tied two others for fifth in touchdowns
Washington was 1 for 13 on third-down conversions and 1 of 4 on fourth down conversions.
The Beavers were down 17-10 at halftime, but rattled off 17 unanswered points.
PK Alexis Serna moved into third place in career scoring at OSU with 221 points, and has scored the most by a kicker. He passed Ryan Cesca (1999-2002) with 219. RB Steven Jackson (2001-03) is next on the list with 276 points.
- It was a third straight win over the Huskies, something OSU had not accomplished
- The victory over UW was Oregon State's first Pac-10 win since defeating Washington on Nov. 5, 2005.