Jake Locker led Washington to an exciting 35-34 overtime win over Oregon State on Saturday night. Jake threw for a record five touch down passes while leading the Huskies to their first win over the Beavers in six seasons. The win evens Washington's record at 3-3 and keeps them in the race to qualify for a bowl game.
The Huskies started fast and built a 21-0 lead early in the first half. The Beavers came back behind the running of Jacquizz Rodgers and a tightened defense to trail 21-14 at the half. The Beavers scored on the first drive of the second half to tie the game and it stayed tied until the end forcing the game into overtime.
Both teams traded touchdowns during the first session of overtime. Washington went first during the second stanza and Locker hit Jermaine Kearse for a 21 yard touchdown pass. It was Kearse's second TD reception in overtime and his fourth in the game.
Oregon State looked like they were stopped on fourth down during their second possession but a pass interference penalty in the end zone gave them a new set of downs inside the Washington five. Jacquizz Rodgers scored on a two yard run to get the Beavers within one point.
OSU coach Mike Riley decided to go for two trailing by 35-34. Ryan Katz lofted the ball into the end zone at Joe Halahuni and it was was knocked away by Cort Dennison at the last second preserving the win for Washington.
Jake Locker was 21-35 for 286 yards, five touchdowns, one interception, two costly fumbles and 60 yards on the ground. Jermaine Kearse caught nine passes for 196 yards and a career record four touchdown receptions. Deandre Goodwin chipped in six catches and one touchdown reception. Chris Polk had 25 carries for 105 yards tough yards.
The Husky defense picked off Ryan Katz three times during the game. Katz was 17-31, 206 yards, and one touchdown. Washington held the Beavers 353 yards of total offense with 140 being supplied by Jacquizz Rodgers on 32 carries.
Next up for Washington is a trip Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats who didn't look very good for the third week in a row while struggling to beat WSU 24-7 in Pullman. QB Nick Foles suffered a knee injury and sat out a good portion of the game. He will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.