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A dominant performance from the Huskies still left something to be desired

Oregon State v Washington Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Very few came into the Washington-Oregon State game expecting an upset. Well, it happened. John Ross was tackled from behind.

He was able to shake free 15 yards down the field, made a defender miss, and had a clear path to the end zone. He might have slowed up thinking he was home free, he might have wanted to give the impression he is a mere mortal, or was tired. We may never know the true reason behind it, but the improbable did happen.

It was one of the few victories the Beavers enjoyed against the Huskies. Washington came in ranked as the #5 team in the country and it would be surprising to see the Dawgs leave that status after coasting to their 41-17 victory.

Jake Browning continued his Heisman campaign by distributing the ball to his two main receivers John Ross and Dante Pettis, each notching over 100 yards receiving. Myles Gaskin got himself going as well against the not-stout Oregon State run defense. His 18 carries went for 128 yards and a touchdown, a yards-per-carry average of 7.1. Browning had a rushing touchdown of his own.

The Husky defense was essentially what it has been all season long. Dominant, deep, not perfect. The Huskies allowed Oregon State to run the ball with moderate success throughout the game with one notable big play on a fly sweep from Victor Bolden going 75 yards.

Instant Reaction Dots:

  • Browning actually had one of his worse games of the season, as weird as that is to say when on this same page there is a declaration that he continued his Heisman campaign. He averaged over 10 yards per attempt despite completing only half of his passes. He had a poor pass to the end zone to Andre Baccellia that turned his receiver into the defensive back. This is how good the UW quarterback is.
  • OSU, as mentioned before, was able to run the football successfully. Bolden had his big touchdown run and Tim Cook averaged six yards per carry on his 18 totes, totaling 108 yards. The offensive line, led by Lakewood High School alum Dustin Stanton, opened lanes all game long. Fortunately for the Huskies, Oregon State can’t throw the football.
  • Washington’s pass rush struggled to get home with Connor O’Brien, starting in place of the injured Joe Mathis, notching the only sack. The Beavers attempted to neutralize the Husky pass rush with mostly three-step drops and quick passing. It worked, but the Husky secondary was able to prevent any major damage. Darren Gardenhire and Austin Joyner were each able to pick off a pass, with Joyner’s one-handed grab worthy of a Top-10 look from SportsCenter.