Game Analysis - Oregon State

In one of the most dominating wins since the turn of the century, Washington used a stifling defense and dominating ground game to post a 69-27 win over Oregon State in Corvallis. The win sets up the 7-4 Dawgs for a big matchup this coming Friday in the Apple Cup against the recently bowl-eligible Washington State Cougars...

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): John Ross' 62 return on the opening kickoff. The freshman got the Huskies started off nicely as he got two great blocks, opening a huge hole in the Oregon State kickoff coverage, racing 62 yards and giving Washington the ball on the Oregon State 38. The Dawgs would go on the score seven plays later, setting the tone for the entire game.

Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): Redshirt freshman QB Cyler Miles' 28-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 6:36 left in the second quarter. Miles and the Huskies had the ball at their own 35 and proceeded to drive down to the OSU 28, but faced a 3rd-and-2 and didn't want to settle for a third Travis Coons field goal. The second-year signal-caller faked a hand off to RB Bishop Sankey and then found WR Kevin Smith behind the Beaver secondary for the score. Kudos on the play to Smith who went up and came down with the ball in bounds as his backside came down before the rest of him landed out of bounds. The play gave the Dawgs what was seemingly an insurmountable 27-0 lead that they took into halftime.

Offensive Player of the Game: Sankey totaled 179 yards and three touchdowns, the third of which tied him with former Husky-great Napoleon Kaufman for the career rushing touchdown mark with 34, in the win.

Defensive Player of the Game: CB Marcus Peters was tasked with covering Oregon State's best player, Brandin Cooks, a majority of the evening and he was up to the challenge as he totaled six tackles while also posting two interception, two pass break ups and a forced fumble that he also recovered.

Handouts to the standouts: While his numbers are relatively pedestrian when you compare it to what most quarterbacks do on a weekly basis, but Miles' day -- 15 of 24 for 162 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions -- was exactly what the Huskies needed. He also contributed 26 yards on seven carries as well; In the "it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy" category is the night that RB Deontae Cooper had as he carried the ball 11 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns showing decent speed as he had carries of 68 and 62 yards that set up his two short scoring runs; RB Dwayne Washington didn't want to be outdone by Cooper as he carried the ball 11 times for 141 yards and two scores, one was for 71 yards which was the longest run of the season for the Dawgs; Smith had a solid evening hauling in three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown including a 36-yarder that set up Washington's second touchdown; The entire offensive line was solid as they didn't allow a sack and paved the way for 530 yards rushing, the most for the Dawgs since 1996 vs. San Jose State (the game that Corey Dillon rushed for 222 yards in a quarter); DB Tre Watson played a lot of minutes and finished with a team-high seven tackles (four solo); LB Travis Feeney was a real tone-setter for the Dawgs. He flushed OSU QB Sean Mannion and rushed some of his throws, he was physical at the point-of-attack and he wasn't a liability in coverage, something that had been an issue earlier this season; DE Hauoli Kikaha had three tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a sack, but the numbers really don't do his game justice and he generally was a nuisance for the Beavers' offensive line all night, getting penetration and pressuring Mannion into some bad throws; LB Shaquille Thompson had a solid evening and scored the first touchdown of his career at Washington, taking his pick of Mannion back 80 yards for a late in the third quarter; DL Evan Hudson didn't put up big numbers, but he did have a sack and a tackle as well as a batted ball in the first half for the Dawgs; Coons hit on both of his field goal attempts one from 44 yards the other from 24 yards out and he also hit three of his four punts inside the 20 including one that was downed at the one.

State of the week: There were a few worth noting. The first was that Washington was 10 of 17 on 3rd down while Oregon state was just 5 of 14. Obviously the 530 yards rushing is very impressive and something the Huskies can hopefully build off of heading into next week's game vs. Washington State. Four turnovers -- three interceptions, one fumble -- for the Husky defense was exactly what the doctor ordered. That is a trend that needs to continue. Finally, Washington had a decent night on the penalty front, getting penalized just four times for 43 yards. The 69 points the Huskies scored is the most they have scored since they beat Whitman back in 1941.

Needs work: It's really hard to find anything wrong with what the Huskies did although late in the game, the subs allowed Oregon State to score pretty easily including a 98-yard kickoff return for Victor Bolden whereas the starters definitely didn't struggle with that when they were in the game. Top Stories