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Washington dominated the first quarter and rode out a 42-23 victory.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington got the fast start it’s wanted all season, jumping out to a 28-3 1st quarter lead. They went to Myles Gaskin early and often who had all the space in the world to operate and Jake Browning was sharp when he threw the ball. No pass was prettier than his over the shoulder ball he dropped right into Aaron Fuller’s arms, who used some nice footwork to keep his feet in the end zone. Oregon State’s defense provided little resistance in the opening 15 minutes. Washington didn’t even have a 3rd down attempt until roughly 3 minutes left in the quarter after they already had touchdowns on their first 4 drives.

The second quarter wasn’t as kind to the Huskies as Oregon State won the period 13-7. OSU running back Jermarr Jefferson continued to find yards on the ground and Jake Luton was able to find his targets downfield. Trevon Bradford and Isaiah Hodgins both made big catches. After they cut the lead to 28-10, they ran a “drop kick” style onside kick, which was recovered and lead to another field goal. Washington eventually killed the half off with a long drive that included some nice running from Sean McGrew. On 3rd and 5 in the red zone, Jake Browning found Myles Gaskin who beat the defense to the corner. The Huskies went into halftime leading 35-16.

Oregon State continued moving the ball well in the 3rd quarter, especially with Jefferson. But, Washington’s defense stiffened up when they needed to and kept Oregon State out of the end zone. Ben Burr-Kirven had a great read and tackle on a screen pass that could have converted a 3rd down. The only points of the quarter, however, came after Washington recovered a muffed punt. One play later, Myles Gaskin waltzed untouched into the end zone.

The fourth quarter was rough for the Huskies as the offense struggled to move the ball and ended with -5 total yards. Jake Haener replacing Browning certainly didn’t help, as he took a big sack on 3rd down. The Beavers were able to punch it in one last time after blocking a Washington punt deep in their own territory. Oregon State pulled out all the stops and kept chipping away at Washington’s lead but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies improved to 8-3 with a 42-23 victory.

Instant Dots

  • How about that for Myles Gaskin’s Husky Stadium swan song? He broke 100 yards on just three carries and ended the day with 135 yards and a TD on the ground. He added 24 yards receiving and a TD catch to cap his senior day performance. He still needs 94 yards rushing to become the first player in Pac-12 history with four 1,000-yard seasons.
  • Jake Browning was sharp and commanding as well. Oregon State’s defense is terrible, but he was 17-23 for 242 yards and 3 TDs.
  • Up and down day at best for special teams. They got a punt blocked, allowed a fake punt, missed a FG, and allowed an onside kick. They semi redeemed themselves recovering a fumble each on a FG and punt, but problematic special teams play that has plagued the Huskies all season continued today. These mistakes won’t get it done against Washington State next week.
  • Trey Adams made his long awaited return, playing a few series in place of Jared Hilbers. While it was great to see the big man finally play again, he admittedly looked a step slow and a bit rusty. This shouldn’t be that surprising however, playing in his first game in over a year. He can still redshirt this season even if he plays in the rest of Washington’s games.
  • Hunter Bryant continued to work his way back and finished with 2 catches for 55 yards. He won’t be able to redshirt if the Huskies win next week and he keeps playing. I hope those 55 yards were worth it.
  • More of the walking wounded returned to action as well: Shane Bowman and DJ Beavers, who contribute valuable depth to the front 7. This Husky team feels as healthy as they’ve been in a long time.
  • Jonathan Smith’s Beaver offense knew how to attack this Washington defense, ending the game with 20 first downs and 23 points. While the Huskies held OSU to 2-14 on third downs, they were able to convert 3-4 fourth downs often times leading to points. It wasn’t the best day for the defensive line.
  • Salvon Ahmed had the two early touchdowns, but at times had trouble finding the same space Gaskin did. That is until he had a 59 yard scamper late in the 4th quarter.
  • Jake Browning was replaced by Jake Haener in the 4th quarter after it looked like he tweaked his neck on a sack. He seems fine, but Haener got his most extensive work since the Cal game.
  • This felt a lot like the Stanford game. Jump out to a fast start, then let the opponent slowly chip away at the lead as you progressively get more and more sloppy. Without the dominating first quarter, this could have been much closer, or even a loss. The hot and cold stretches the offense goes through game by game are concerning.
  • Cade Otton and Hunter Bryant lead the Huskies with 55 yards a piece. They should be an exciting duo heading into next season.
  • It’s official, the Apple Cup will decide the Pac-12 North. The Huskies have a quick turnaround, playing in Pullman next Friday night.

Lots of other things happened too. What did you see?