Road Dawgs conquer Corvallis

CORVALLIS, OR: Charles Frederick had a career night, pulling in 9 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns while adding an 86-yard punt return to help the Huskies upset #21 Oregon State this evening. Washington got solid defensive play as they intercepted Derek Anderson three times and held the nation's #3 tailback, Steven Jackson, to just 49 yards on 22 carries, 43 through the first three quarters when the game was decided.

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  • Reggie Williams added 8 receptions for 64 yards while Kenny James led the ground attack with 42 yards on 4 carries, subbing for an injured Rich Alexis, who suffered what is believed to be a bruised thigh.

    Evan Benjamin led all Huskies with 11 stops, while Jimmy Newell had four pass breakups and half a sack to go with his six tackles. Jerome Stevens, Donny Mateaki, and Greg Carothers all had sacks as Derek Anderson suffered through a 21-48 night. He had 344 yards but his three picks were huge.

    Cody Pickett was not sharp but led the offense like a senior leader, connecting on 19 of 40 for 285 and three touchdowns.

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    FIRST QUARTER: ET to the house (UW 7, OSU 0)

    Kirk Ylinemi missed wide left from 48-yards out on Oregon State's first possession. A 19-yard Steven Jackson run was the only offense, as the Huskies threw a change up at the Beavers, starting Terry Johnson at defensive end and moving Donny Mateaki inside, while Sam Cunningham earned the start at the corner.

    Free Safety Jimmy Newell made two nice break ups on deep balls to keep the Dawgs out of trouble in the quarter. It was his second break up that set up the Dawg for their first score of the game, as Carl Tobey was forced to punt. The OSU punter boomed a 56 yarder that Charles Frederick backtracked and fielded on his own 14. He made the flyer miss, cut left, and found daylight up the OSU sideline. He cut back into the middle, juked Tobey at midfield, and it became a footrace. George Gillett had the angle but Frederick stopped and cut at the 10 to make him miss and finished off the 86-yard touchdown, the sixth longest punt return in UW history, to put the Dawgs on top 7-0.

    Husky cornerback Derrick Johnson intercepted Anderson to stop the next OSU drive. It would lead to a 12-play 72-yard drive for Washington. Charles Frederick made an 18-yard catch and run to successfully convert a third down to get the Dawgs rolling. He made an over the shoulder catch, stopped at the boundary and made two Beavers miss in picking up an extra 10 yards.

    SECOND QUARTER: Charles in Charge (UW 14, OSU 7)

    Two procedure penalties could've stalled the Husky drive continued from the end of the first quarter, but another Charles Frederick reception, this one for 15 yards, kept the drive alive. Pickett again hooked up with ET, this one a duck that was underthrown but Frederick was able to adjust and make the catch at the sideline before going out of bounds at the four. Two plays later Kenny James bolted over from the two, following Tusi Sa'au up the right side of the Beaver line to make it 14-0 at the 12:13 mark.

    OSU finally struck back. Facing a 3rd and 11 at the Husky 39, Anderson threw deep to Newson, who had Chris Massey clinging to his right arm. The flag kept he drive alive. A Greg Carothers tackle on Jackson in the backfield forced a 3rd and 17 from the Husky 31. Anderson threw into double coverage but Derrick Johnson was unable to come out of his backpedal in time to prevent a 29 yard connection to Mike Haas. The pass was just over Johnson and in front of safety Evan Benjamin. Another Carothers tackle for loss went for naught, as Anderson bootlegged around right end and broke Manase Hopoi's containment into the end zone to close the gap to 14-7 with 7:25 remaining in the half.

    Richard Seigler intercepted Pickett on the next Husky drive. Pickett tried to force the ball to Reggie Williams, who was blanketed by a zone. Seigler picked off the wobbly delivery at the Husky 40 and returned it all the way to the 14.

    The Beavers appeared to have scored when Jackson went 12 yards around right end, but a hold on Kanan Sanchez against Carothers negated it. The Beavers had to settle for a 39-yard Ylinemi field goal to close the deficit to 14-10 .

    Washington had the final drive of the half, aided by a 27-yard Frederick reception and a 15-yard personal foul penalty on OSU. The drive stalled and Knudson's 48-yard field goal attempt was well short of the mark.

    The half was not pretty and bordered on being out of control. The Huskies could not run the ball and Pickett was far from sharp, but Charles Frederick made him look good at every opportunity. The Husky defense held Steven Jackson to only one long run and just 38 yards on 15 carries.

    THIRD QUARTER: Whose house? Dawgs house! (UW 28, OSU 10)

    Washington's initial drive went for 86 yards in 10 plays, culminating in a 33-yard Pickett to Frederick touchdown that put the Dawgs ahead 21-10. It was the finest drive of the season, featuring two long Kenny James runs. The scoring play came on third and six with OSU bringing the house on a blitz. Pickett held the ball just long enough to allow Frederick to come free down the middle. ET made the catch just past the line of scrimmage and broke safety Lawrence Turner's tackle and ran untouched the final 20 yards for the score. Pickett limped off the field and Reggie Williams also went down on the drive, clutching his knee.

    Derek Anderson made a huge mistake three plays later, throwing a lazy ball into the secondary that was picked off by Marquis Cooper and returned to the four. An OSU personal foul penalty moved it to the two, where Pickett play faked and hit tight end Ben Bandel for an easy score to put the Dawgs up 28-10 with 9:14 remaining in the quarter and Reser Stadium was a morgue. From the press box you could hear coaches on the field yelling, it was so quiet.

    OSU began to gain momentum when Ryan Cole blocked Garth Erickson's punt. The ball rolled forward four yards where a Beaver picked it up and attempted to run. He was tackled from behind and fumbled the ball. Washington recovered to seemingly kill the momentum. But the Huskies were unable to move the ball and Erickson's next punt was only good for seven yards, and the Beavers took over on their own 30.

    OSU finally came up with a drive late in the quarter. Anderson began to find the mark, hitting Cole Clasen for two long gains. Again Anderson hurt his team, throwing a side arm pass intended for Jackson. Husky linebacker Greg Carothers made a one-armed interception, stealing the ball as he was tumbling to the ground. Another Beaver personal foul penalty was tacked on for good measure.

    FOURTH QUARTER: Gilby gets a road win (UW 35, OSU 17)

    Anderson looked like he would finally shake his funk when he found James Newson behind Sam Cunningham for a 55 yard gain. The Beaver crowd came to life one final time, but a hold on tackle Brian Kilkenny, forced by a hard charging Terry Johnson, negated the play. Deflated, the Beavers punted it away three plays later.

    Washington added a 43-yard field goal from Evan Knudson at the 11:01 mark made it 31-10.

    Facing fourth and 13 at the Husky 44-yard line, OSU coach Mike Riley elected to punt with 9:38 remaining. At that point, half of the 37,000 plus fans began punting for the exits.

    Those that stuck around got to see more carnage. On third and long from the Husky 14, Pickett pump faked the Beaver secondary and they took the bait. ET got behind the safety and Pickett threw a spiral that Frederick hauled in around the 40 and ran the final 60 yards for an 87-yard score to make it 35-10 with 7:38 remaining.

    Anderson found George Gillett for a 29-yard touchdown at the 4:37 mark to finish the scoring.

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