Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 1): With Washington up 17-7 with a little more than three minutes ticked off the clock in the third quarter, Oregon State was driving and appeared poised to go in for a touchdown when LB Travis Feeney used all of his 6’4” frame and long arms to get up high enough to pick off a Sean Mannion pass and then returned the ball 59 yards to the Beaver 29. Three plays later, Washington got a 41-yard field goal from Cameron Van Winkle to put the Huskies up 20-7.
Turning Point/Play of the Game (Part 2): WR Jaydon Mickens took a handoff and raced 36 yards around right end, tight-roping the sideline, to score his second touchdown of the night, giving the Huskies a 30-13 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the game. On the play, Mickens got big blocks on the outside from tight end Josh Perkins and a receiver (unfortunately I was unable to get the number) and then he was able to get out and use his speed to outrun the Oregon State safety to the endzone.
Offensive Player of the Game: Mickens had probably his best game of the season as he hauled in five receptions for 84 yards and the first touchdown of the night, a beautiful 54-yarder from Cyler Miles on their third offensive play of the game, and then followed that up with a 36-yard touchdown run late in the game to salt the game away.
Defensive Player of the Game: DE Andrew Hudson, in his last home game as a Husky, had five tackles and led the team with two sacks and two tackles-for-loss and generally was the most consistent pass-rusher the Dawgs had all night.
Handouts To The Standouts: Feeney finished the day with five tackles and an interception; LB John Timu finished with 10 tackles and one pass breakup to lead the Huskies; freshman CB Sidney Jones had six solo tackles and a pass breakup on the night; LB Shaq Thompson had five tackles and the biggest hit of the night as he blew up RB Damien Haskins to break up an intended pass; Joe Mathis got quite a few snaps and had two tackles and a big sack on Mannion in the second quarter; RB Dwayne Washington had his second-straight 100-yard game as the sophomore tailback carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards and a touchdown, a 68-yarder in the first quarter to put UW up 14-0; redshirt freshman RB Lavon Coleman had a solid night, running for 69 yards on 11 carries, showing the ability to break arm tackles on a couple of runs; Miles went 18 of 23 for 253 yards and two touchdowns; TE Josh Perkins had five receptions for 32 yards; TE Darrell Daniels had his first touchdown as a Husky, a 68-yarder in the fourth quarter, that finished off the scoring for both teams.
Key Stat: Last week, Oregon State rushed for nearly 250 yards in an upset win over Arizona State. Well, things changed when they walked onto the field Saturday as the Dawgs battered and bruised the Beavers and did not let them get anything going on the ground, allowing them just 47 yards on 23 rush attempts.
Needs Work: One of the glaring mistakes that stood out was Washington’s blown coverage on a long third down play in the second quarter that allowed Oregon State to appear close to sneaking back into the game. With the Beavers facing 3rd-and-25 from their own 5, Mannion dropped back and hit a wide open Victor Bolden who had gotten behind freshman S Budda Baker for a 72-yard gain. OSU would score three plays later, drawing to within 10 points (17-7), shortly before halftime.
Bottom Line: The Huskies appear to be hitting their stride heading into the Apple Cup next weekend. Miles looks much more comfortable and Jonathan Smith appears to be much more confident in opening things up a little bit more. With Washington and Coleman appearing ready to lead the ground attack and the defense continuing it’s stout play, the Huskies have a very good chance to finish the season with three straight wins, vaulting themselves into the offseason with a ton of momentum. However, their game with Washington State next weekend will take their full concentration and no let up as the Cougars aren’t the pushovers they have been in past years.
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