Huskies win a thriller over Oregon State

It's been quite a while since Washington won a game in overtime -- almost eight years to be exact -- and it took a record-setting game from Jake Locker and Jermaine Kearse to defeat Oregon State at home, 35-34 in two overtimes, in front of 65,235 fans at Husky Stadium.

Locker and Kearse connected nine times for 146 yards and a school-record four touchdowns as the Husky offense outgained Oregon State 475 to 353 yards.

Locker's five touchdowns tied Chris Rowland's school record from a game against Cal in 1973.

Sophomore running back Chris Polk also had a solid night, running for 105 yards on 25 carries and senior WR D'Andre Goodwin added six receptions for 76 yards and a score.

Washington got off to a great start early scoring on three of their first four drives, as Locker hit Kearse for a 16-yard touchdown and then, on the first play of the second quarter, he hit Goodwin for a four-yard touchdown to put Washington up 14-0 and then came back on their very next drive after Oregon State went three-and-out and Locker hit Kearse again, this time from 45 yards out, to go up 21-0.

That's when Oregon State woke up and junior RB Jacquizz Rodgers took over, rushing for 70 of his 140 yards in the final two drives including a six-yard touchdown run to finish out the scoring in the first half.

Oregon State then took the opening kickoff of the second half and promptly went right down the field finishing when Rodgers went over from four yards out to tie the score at 21-21.

The teams then held each other scoreless the rest of regulation and headed to overtime still knotted at 21.

On their first drive of overtime, the Beavers got a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Katz to Rodgers and went up 28-21.

However, Locker and Kearse answered again, this time from 17 yards out, and the teams headed to the second overtime at the east end of the stadium.

There, facing 2nd-and-17 from the 21, the Locker and Kearse finished their record-setting night by hooking up in the back corner of the endzone for the go-ahead score.

However, the Beavers definitely made things interesting getting a pass-interference penalty on 4th-and-1 and then scored when Rodgers went over from one yard out to appear set to tie things up, but decided, after a time out, to go for two.

Husky LB Cort Dennison then made the play of the game when he flashed in front of tight end Joe Halahuni who dropped the pass, allowing Washington to win the game in thrilling fashion.

Katz had an erratic night for Oregon State going 17 of 31 for 206 yards and one touchdown, but was picked three times by the Huskies, with one leading to seven Washington points and the other two deep in Washington territory, ending scoring drives.

Locker was solid completing 21 of 35 attempts for 286 yards, with the five touchdowns and one costly interception that led to a Beavers touchdown.

On defense, the Huskies were led by the 12 tackles from both Mason Foster and Nate Williams and they got 1 1/2 sacks from freshman DE Hauoli Jamora who continues to impress with his ability to get pressure on the quarterback.

Talia Crichton had a sack in the game, but looked to injure his right leg and head coach Steve Sarkisian said following the game that the sophomore will have an MRI tomorrow to find out the damage.

The last time the Huskies won a game in overtime was back in the 2002 Apple Cup when Matt Kagel threw a lateral pass that was recovered by DE Kai Ellis to end the game.

Washington, now 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference, will now take the next 24 hours to savor their win before focusing on Arizona who beat Washington State 24-7 and appear to have lost starting QB Nick Foles to a dislocated kneecap.


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