UW vs. OSU game thread

OSU 31, Washington 6, 12:52 left in 4th quarter

Another big play from James Rodgers, and this game is pretty much over. The Huskies had another promising drive going in the third quarter, but again the offense stalled out in OSU territory. With time running out in the third quarter, the Huskies decided to go for it on 4th and 15 at the OSU 28, and Ronnie Fouch’s pass was intercepted.

Four plays later, Rodgers took a pitch and ran 55 yards untouched for a score.

Well folk, that’ll do it for this blog until after the game, time to head down to the field.

OSU 24, Washington 6, 3:59 left in 3rd quarter

Well, this one hasn’t gotten out of hand, but OSU is pretty close to putting the game away. The Beavers drove down the field on the first drive of the second half, and scored on a one-yard Jacquizz Rodgers run.

The Huskies were looking to answer that with a score of their own, and got into OSU territory, but as has been the case all evening, they couldn’t put the ball in the end zone, and again had to settle for a field goal attempt. Ryan Perkins missed a 36-yard attempt well to the left. That’s two misses in four attemps for the Huskies, one by Perkins and one by Jared Ballman.

OSU 17, Washington 6, halftime

The Huskies got down the field in the final two minutes to set up a 40-yard Jared Ballman fieldgoal, cutting the Oregon State lead down to 11. Again the big play was a long pass to D’Andre Goodwin, who hauled in a 48-yard pass. Goodwin already has 122 yards on four catches, and that doesn’t include one long pass that came back because of a holding call, and another one that was close but ruled out of bounds.

Ronnie Fouch is 10 of 18 for 158 yards and one interception. He’s been throwing the ball off his back foot a lot today while backing away from defenders, and he’s taken quite a few hits.

Terrance Dailey is the leading rusher, and again the Huskies are having a hard time getting the running game going. He has just 21 yards on 10 carries, and the team has just 20 net rushing yards.

Oregon State has 194 yards, with 118 coming in the air. The good news for Washington is that the defense has slowed Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10’s leading rusher, holding him to just 25 yards on eight carries. The bad news, however, is that the Huskies can’t stop his older brother, James, who has scored on a 52 yard run and a 33 yard catch.

Lyle Moevao has been nearly perfect, completing 12 of 13 attempts for 118 yards and a score.

OSU 17, Washington 3, 8:43 left in 2nd quarter

Another turnover and another score for Oregon State. Ronnie Fouch, who threw an interception on Washington’s previous drive, was hit hard and fumbled, giving the Beavers the ball at mid-field. Again, James Rodger came up with a big play, taking a screen pass 33 yards for a touchdown.

The Huskies had a few players get hurt on that last drive. Tailback Terrance Dailey got leveled by Al Afalava attempting to catch a pass, and after staying down for a while, walked off the field on his own. No update on him yet, and Brandon Johnson just came on the field as Washington starts its next possession. And if Afalava’s name seems familiar, he’s the same guy whose hit sent Jake Locker to the hospital in Corvallis last season.

Juan Garcia was slow to get up on the last play of the last drive, but is back in.

OSU 10, Washington 3, 14:09 left in 2nd quarter

Washington’s last possession went backwards thanks to a holding call. D’Andre Goodwin made another nice catch on an underthrown deep ball, but was ruled out of bounds, a call that Washington challenged, but lost. On the next play, Fouch’s pass attempt was intercepted, giving Oregon State a short field.

Lyle Moevao connected with Shane Morales for 20 yards, and after the drive stalled out from there, and Justin Kahut kicked a 37-yard field goal. Apparently Kahut plans on picking up where Alexis Serna left off. For those who don’t remember Serna, he was the former OSU kicker who was perfect in his career against Washington, including a six-for-six game here in 2005.

OSU 7, Washington 3, 2:23 left in 1st quarter

Well, that lead didn’t last long. Oregon State quickly answered with a 52-yard run by James Rodgers on an end around.

The Huskies defense got Oregon State to fourth down, but Mike Riley elected to go for it on fourth-and-one and Jacquizz Rodgers (James’ little bro) easily got the first down. One play later, big brother raced down the sideline for a touchdown.

UW 3, Oregon State 0, 4:54 left in 1st quarter

Jared Ballman just drilled a 45-yard field goal to give the Huskies their first lead in a long time.

The kick capped a drive that started at Washington’s own 6 yardline, and a good chunck of that drive came on one play, a 48-yard pass to D’Andre Goodwin. Goodwin made a great catch on an underthrown pass.

Washington’s defense featured a few new starters, with Victor Aiyewa starting at strong safety and Johnie Kirton starting at tackle. Senio Kelemete, a regular starter at tackle, has been sick this week, so that probably has something to do with the change.

The Huskies also came out with a new look at linebacker, moving Donald Butler to outside linebacker and starting Trenton Tuiasosospo in the middle. That new-look defense got a stop on Oregon State’s first possession.

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