Oregon State 38 – Washington 21
Washington lost their 3rd straight game with a 38-21 loss to an Oregon State squad that came into the game with only 2 wins. This season is a total opposite one to last season when the Huskies won their last 3 games to become bowl eligible.
Washington became bowl eligible with their 6th win at the end of October, but has not won since.
Here are 5 reasons why Washington lost to Oregon State.
1. UW could not contain Sean Mannion – OSU QB Sean Mannion was 26/37 for 339 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT in the game. He tossed both his TD passes in the first quarter and while he did not have any more TD passes in the game he made some big plays with his arm.
2. Huskies’ run defense struggled –Oregon State came into the game with one of the worst rushing offenses in the nation, but in the UW game they rushed for 145 yards. Beavers’ WR Markus Wheaton had 3 carries in the game and peeled off a 56 yard run.
The Huskies allowed 3 rushing TD’s in the 4th quarter and those were key to the OSU win.
3. Nick Montana did not look like his dad – In making his first career start for the Huskies Joe Montana’s son Nick did not play well only going 11/21 for 79 yards. He only averaged a paltry 3.8 yards per completion.
He also made a big mistake in the 4th quarter, which, pretty much, iced the game for the Beavers.
4. Key 4th quarter fumble – I mentioned Montana’s big mistake and it came in the 4th quarter when he fumbled the ball. OSU had just taken a 24-14 lead and the Huskies needed to mount a comeback, but on the next possession Montana fumbled the ball deep in UW territory and OSU scored a TD to go up by 17.
5. Giving the ball right back to the Beavers – Keith Price came in for the struggling Montana in the 4th quarter and he led the Huskies on a TD drive, but right after the Huskies had recovered a fumble after the kickoff Price was picked off right away.
Not only that, but the Beavers marched 99 yards down the field to score a TD eating up 5 minutes off the clock and taking an insurmountable 17-point lead.
Next Up: Washington hosts Washington State (4-7) next week in the Apple Cup game and if the Huskies lose that game they will get a very weak bowl game.