The Washington Huskies started quick, then struggled, before seemingly came alive - all before falling flat on their face in a 27-24 loss against Oregon State on Saturday night.
You know when you’re watching a game and you can feel things start to shift for a team? That feeling came when senior back Sean McGrew ripped off a 39-yard touchdown run which was followed by a forced fumble from freshmen defensive lineman Faatui Tuitele and was scooped up by sophomore lineman Sam Taimani and returned to the six-yard line where McGrew needed just one play to punch it in.
Suddenly after a night full of struggles, the Huskies were ahead 24-17 and it felt like it was about that time when teams start to cruise; then the Beavers scored 10 straight points to knock off the Dawgs.
Throughout the night, UW was about as on-again-off-again as a team could get. They came out for their first drive of the night where redshirt freshmen quarterback Dylan Morris zipped a pass to Terrell Bynum for a 44-yard score to start things off.
At the moment, it gave the Huskies a 7-0 lead but once junior kicker Peyton Henry made the field goal, UW’s offensive woes began. Those woes would eventually help set up the Beavers with great field position where they scored from 11 yards out in 3 plays to tie the game at 7-7 after a fumble from freshmen running back Cam Davis.
Washington responded to OSU’s touchdown with a punt and the Beavers came out and added another touchdown on the board after a 7 play, 42-yard drive.
After giving up 14 straight points, momentum felt like it was quickly shifting to orange and black; that feeling would briefly heighten when Morris came out and threw an interception but thankfully for UW, sophomore defensive back Asa Turner responded with a pick of his own after just two OSU plays.
Both teams exchanged punts before Washington was able to drive 68 yards in 12 plays which was capped off by the leg of Henry who nailed a field goal from 20-yards out as time expired to trim the lead down to 14-10 going into the half.
In the third quarter, neither team was able to get much going but the Beavers were able to add a field goal to help push their lead to 17-10 which would be key as the game went on.
The final frame is where the fireworks began and the Huskies were the first to ignite thanks to that 39-yard scoring run by McGrew, then the takeaway, then the other score by McGrew which were mentioned earlier.
As momentum swiftly began to dance in favor of Washington, it was just as quickly taken away thanks to a 27-yard touchdown run by B.J Baylor who had 2 scores, 111 yards, and 20 carries on the night.
With the game tied at 24-24, the Huskies took 3:17 off the clock but picked up just 21 yards on 6 plays and turned the ball over on downs after a QB sneak by Morris on 4th and 1 that never stood a chance.
With an opportunity to go win the game, the Beavers ran the ball 6 times, kneeled it twice to milk the clock down to three seconds left where they lined up for a 24-yard field goal and sent UW back to Seattle with a 27-24 defeat, and a 2-3 record along with it.
If you were to look at the box score and see that OSU went 7/15 through the air for 48 yards and their leader receiver had just one catch for 22 yards, it’d almost be safe to assume that the Beavers were the recipients of a beating.
Instead, the Oregon State came away victorious in large part to their 242 yards on the ground on 50 carries which resulted in all three of their touchdowns.
For UW, Morris went 17/26 for 142 yards along with a touchdown and an interception while McGrew ran for 104 yards on 16 carries and two scores - but in the end, the Huskies were once again bland and predictable which led to a celebration at Reser Stadium.
Next up, the Huskies will be back at Husky Stadium where they’ll host UCLA.