Senior quarterback Derek Anderson led Oregon State (2-4, 1-2 Pac-10), completing 26-of-40 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown. It was Anderson's first win over the Huskies in his rollercoaster career at OSU.
Washington (1-5, 0-3) had its chances throughout the game, led by the often-times brilliant play off the bench by quarterback Isaiah Stanback, but the Huskies' penchant for turning the ball over proved to be too much to overcome.
Stanback finished the day 11-for-29 with two touchdowns and an interception, by far his best day behind center in his three years at Washington. He also added a team-high 51 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Casey Paus, who started the game for the Huskies due to a groin injury to last week's starter Carl Bonnell, lasted only one quarter after throwing two interceptions in five pass attempts. The UW accounted for only five total offensive yards with Paus in the game.
Washington went to halftime down 9-7 after a 56-yard field goal by OSU's Alexis Serna split the uprights at the end of the second quarter, but appeared to gain momentum in its first possession of the second half. Stanback helped orchestrate the drive with an electrifying pass, set up by a scramble, that landed in the hands of Sonny Shackelford down field for a 52 yard gain. Two plays later, the option-style quarterback showed he could pass with a perfect ball thrown to tight end Joe Toledo in the back left corner of the endzone.
The play was Toledo's first touchdown in his career, and put the Huskies back on top 14-9.
Just when it looked like things were coming together for the purple and gold behind the play of Stanback and the early tough play of their defense, the Beavers answered with a scoring drive of their own. This one took only two plays, the final one coming on a 55-yard touchdown by runningback Dwight Wright through the heart of the Husky defense. Once Wright got through the line, a block on Jimmy Newell opened up the field and Wright beat the rest of the defense in an open sprint down for the score.
Washington, which had allowed zero yards on 16 rushing attempts in the first half, never recovered, even when it had the chances.
The Beavers forced UW into a three-and-out on their next possession, then went 73 yards in 10 plays and scored on an 11-yard pass from Anderson to Marcel Love on third-and-six to make it a 23-14 game.
Stanback led the Huskies back down the field, though, setting up a 25-yard field goal by Michael Braunstein that sailed through the uprights. But when an offsides penalty on OSU was called, Washington elected to take the points off the board to set up a first-and-goal opportunity at the Beavers' four yard line. One play later, disaster struck as fullback James Sims fumbled one yard short of the endzone on a dive play.
It was the second fumble of the day for Sims, who put the ball on the turf in the second quarter on the same play on second-and-goal from the OSU 3.
In the fourth quarter, the Beavers took advantage of three more Husky turnovers – two fumbles and a late interception – and tacked on with two more Serna field goals, his fourth and fifth of the day, to put the icing on the cake.
Earlier in the game, Stanback connected with Quintin Daniels on a 23 yard touchdown for the Huskies only score of the first half. It was the first touchdown pass in Stanback's career and first scoring reception in Daniels two years at Washington.
Serna accounted for all the scoring with three first-half field goals, including the 56 yarder before the teams headed to the locker room.
Washington, now at the lowest point the program has been at in decades, will hit the road and face the No. 1 ranked University of Southern California next Saturday.
Notes: Burn Baby Burn: Husky defensive end Caesar Rayford became the seventh true freshman to play this season for Washington, joining DT Jordan White-Frisbee, DT Erick Lobos, DE Greyson Gunheim, ILB Dan Howell, OLB Trenton Tuiasosopo and FS Darin Harris. Gilbertson said that he had talked with Rayford and his family about what the promising Bethel product wanted to do, and all indications were he wanted to see if he could play this season. Wish granted, young fellah.
Ouch!: Husky defensive tackle Dan Milsten became another Husky likely out for the season when he suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula in the first half. The game was halted for several minutes as the third-year player out of Rogers High in Puyallup had to be placed on a stretcher and taken from the field in an ambulance. Milsten sat up on the stretcher as he was entering the vehicle, pumped his fists in the air, and excited the crowd for one final team before the doors closed behind him.