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Huskies Get Big Win Over Oregon State In Last Home Game For Seniors


UW Husky defensive lineman Andrew Hudson celebrates after sacking Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. Staff Photo/Chris B. Bennett
UW Husky defensive lineman Andrew Hudson celebrates after sacking Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion. Staff Photo/Chris B. Bennett

By Kendall Black
The Seattle Medium

The University of Washington Huskies pulled off an important win against the Oregon State Beavers honoring the seniors on senior night. With the 37 -13 win, the Huskies have won three straight games in the series against the Beavers.  After a heartbreaking loss against Arizona University last week and three straight losses at home, it was critical that the Huskies delivered a win for the seniors in their last game at Husky Stadium.

“I was really proud of the guys,” said Husky head football coach Chris Peterson. “Really this whole week, you know they came back on Monday after a hard loss, and they didn’t flinch, they got better.  And we thought they were getting better this week and they came out and played hard for each other, for the seniors, and I think also for our fans.”

The energy in the building was electric and the Huskies seemed to have fun as they imposed their will on the Beavers quarter after quarter.

“I think being back home, senior night, I think all those things were really important to this team to play their best for the seniors first and foremost, and also to get a win against a good Pac12 team here in the last game of the season in this stadium,” said Peterson.

The Huskies started the game off strong, showing dominance on both ends of the field. After winning the coin toss, the Huskies deferred to Oregon State, who took possession of the ball at the OSU 35-yard line.  Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion — who racked up 314 passing yards and has over 13,000 passing yards in his career, which is 11th in NCAA Division history — was poised to go to his bread and butter passing game. But the Huskies had different plans for the record-setting quarterback, as Mannion was sacked on the first play of the game by Husky defensive lineman Hau’oli Kikaha. The play really set the tone for the game, as the Husky seniors were determined to come away with a win.

“We haven’t been doing well in Husky stadium and that’s not the way we want to go out. Especially as a senior being that this is the last game in Husky Stadium,” said Husky linebacker and senior John Timu who closed the game with 10 tackles, including 6 in the first quarter. “We hit it off with a bang and that’s what we did, and gave the fans what they wanted to see.”

The Husky offense, not to be outdone by the defense, took the field and showed the big play potential that had been eluding them most of the season. Husky quarterback Cyler Miles connected with receiver Jaydon Mickens on a 54-yard touchdown pass, that saw Mickens dive into the endzone from the 5 yardline, to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead just minutes into the game. On their next drive, UW running back Dwayne Washington scored on a 68 yard touchdown run, as the Huskies closed out the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.

“We wanted to come out and be 1-0 tonight,” said Mickens, who finished the game with 125 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. “Everybody played for each other and everybody played for the seniors tonight and it showed.”

“The best football comes at the end of the season, as you can see a lot of top-ranked teams are going down at the end of the season,” added Mickens. “This is where your best football is played and this is where you get your ranks and earn your stripes.”

The second quarter was filled with penalties on both sides. Despite this, the Huskies maintained their pressure on defense and prevented Oregon State from making any headway up the field, not even allowing the Beavers to get within field goal range.  The Husky defense denied the Oregon State running game time and time again, as they held the Beavers to 47 total rushing yards for the evening.

However, the Beavers did not give up the fight and pushed back at the 2:30 mark of the second quarter after being backed up practically to their own end zone at the OSU 5-yard line because of back-to-back penalties for holding and delay of game. Mannion connected with Oregon State receiver Victor Bolden, who finished the game with 145 yards receiving,  on a 72 yard pass giving OSU the ball at the UW 23-yardline. A few plays later, Mannion connected with receiver Jordan Villamin for an effortless 9-yard touchdown pass to get the Beavers on the scoreboard at 17-7.

 In the third quarter, the Husky defense came up big as the Beavers were threatening to score. Mannion threw a 46 yard pass to Rahmel Dockery giving OSU a 1st down at the UW 23 yard line. On the next play, Husky linebacker Travis Feeny intercepted a pass at the UW 12-yardline and returned it 59 yards to the OSU 29 yard line, setting up a 41 yard field goal by UW kicker Cameron Van Winkle to extend the Husky lead to 20-7.

The tide turned for Oregon State at the 2:30 mark, when Beaver defensive lineman Bud Delva recovered a fumble by Dwayne Washington at the Washington 29, which set-up an 11-yard touchdown pass to Villamin, which at first glance appeared out of bounds but was ruled a touchdown. The Beavers decided to attempt a two-point conversion, but were shut down as they trailed the Huskies 23 – 13.

In the fourth quarter, Huskies slammed the door on any thought of a OSU comeback, as Mickens scored on a 36 yard run, and Miles connected with Darrell Daniels on a 68 yard touchdown pass as they Huskies put the game away for good at 37-13.

Miles, in arguably his best performance of the season, completed 18 of 23 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, while Dwayne Washington led the Huskies in rushing with 100 yards on 14 carried and a touchdown.

Mannion finished the game for the Beavers completing 30 of 46 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked four times by the Husky defense.

“It’s always good when you can flush the quarter back just a little bit,” said Timu about the pressure the defense was able to apply on Mannion. “[He’s] not as elusive as Mariota (with Oregon) or Solomon (with Arizona) who we played last week, but he’s still a dominant guy who could do things with his arm and he did that a little bit tonight.”

With the win, the Huskies improve to 7-5 (3-5 in PAC-12) and become eligible for a bowl game. The Huskies now set their sights on this week’s Apple Cup and their in-state rivals the Washington State Cougars in Pullman.

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