Turning Point/Play of the Game: With Washington up 14-0, Oregon State punter Nick Porebski launched a 48-yarder that Husky sophomore Dante Pettis took at the Washington 11, he shot up the middle, getting good blocks from several of his teammates and then made two Beavers miss on his way to an 89-yard punt return to put the Huskies up 21-0 and essentially putting the game out of reach.
Offensive Player of the Game: QB Jake Browning went 18 of 20 for 211 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Defensive Player of the Game: Tough to call, but we’ll go with LB Azeem Victor who had three stops, a pass breakup and a forced fumble while sitting out most of the second half after Washington pulled its starters.
Handouts to the standouts: Freshman CB Jordan Miller had three tackles and his first interception; freshman LB Tevis Bartlett also had three tackles on the night, seeing his most extensive playing time of the season; Ben Burr-Kirven , another freshman linebacker, had three tackles on the night; DL Greg Gaines had three tackles as well; freshman RB Myles Gaskin had 23 carries for 127 yards; WR Brayden Lenius had three receptions for 29 yards and two touchdowns on the night; senior WR Jaydon Mickens had a solid night hauling in a game-high seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown; senior TE Josh Perkins grabbed three receptions for 57 yards and a score; TE Darrell Daniels had his best game of the season snatching three receptions for 43 yards; while the offensive line did allow three sacks, they also paved the way for 271 yards, 120 of which came after Oregon State knew they weren’t going to run the ball anymore.
Key stat: The two that stood out the most were these -- Oregon State didn’t complete their first pass until there was 8:10 left in the second quarter and they only had one first down in the entire first half. Utter dominance by the Husky defense. UW also ran 80 plays while Oregon State ran just 46.
Needs work: There wasn’t much to complain about during UW’s 52-7 win over Oregon State, but if we had to nitpick, we’ll go with five penalties for 40 yards with three coming as mental errors (false starts), one coming on a holding call that negated a big gain for Josh Perkins and a hands to the face penalty that gave Oregon State their second first down of the game after UW appeared to have stopped the Beavers on third and long.
The Bottom Line: The Huskies did exactly what they needed to do -- beat a bad Oregon State team. The offensive production and defensive stinginess should be taken with a grain of salt to a certain extent. They beat the worst team in the conference and ran up some pretty gaudy stats in the process. This sets up the Apple Cup as do or die for the Husky bowl hopes. Beat an upstart Washington State squad and get eligible for a bowl game and then you can look at the progress you’ve made.