It's a rise for the Huskies, a great fall for the Beavers
CORVALLIS -- Turns out Washington didn't need Keith Price after all.
The injured starting quarterback wasn't missed as the Huskies used Oregon State as a punching bag from start to finish of a 69-27 drubbing Saturday night at the Reser Stadium.
Bishop Sankey led an offense that amassed 692 yards total offense -- 530 of it on the ground -- with 179 yards and three touchdowns rushing as the Huskies (7-4 overall, 4-4 in Pac-12 play) fortified their bowl position with an emphatic victory.
It was a humiliating defeat for Oregon State (6-5, 4-4), which trailed 48-0 after three quarters before the Beavers finally lit up the scoreboard, long after the issue had been decided.
"Everything about it was really disappointing," said OSU coach Mike Riley, whose team suffered its fourth straight loss after a 6-1 start. "We weren't prepared to play. We didn't play from the very outset of the game.
"The special-teams part, our offense, our defense -- we got outplayed in all those areas right from the very first play."
That was a 62-yard kickoff return by Washington's John Ross, who slashed through a gaping hole and gave the Huskies the ball at the OSU 38 to open the game.
It was a portent of things to come. With redshirt freshman Cyler Miles efficient if unspectacular in his first career start at quarterback, the Washington offense was a well-oiled machine for 60 minutes.
It was the most points ever scored and the highest rushing offense total achieved by an Oregon State opponent in the 121 years of the program.
Washington's defense stoned the Oregon State offense, too, holding the Beavers scoreless through three quarters and to 414 yards total offense -- 181 of it in the final period.
"We never did anything offensively ever in the game," Riley told the media afterward. "There was nothing we could really do to respond. There wasn't any part of it that was good."
Not unless you were on the Washington side of things.
"I'm really proud of our guys responding again," UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. "I really challenged them to come out tonight with great energy and be excited to have the opportunity in a good environment against a good team.
"We took care of the ball offensively, we created turnovers on defense and we ran the ball extremely well. When you're able to run it like that, it makes life much easier."
What did Riley tell the Beaver players in his post-game talk?
"That's not how we play football around here," he said, "and that's not how we're ever going to play again."
The Huskies were dancing together on the sidelines even before the opening kickoff. They kept it up throughout the game. They had plenty to celebrate.
"I don't know that jumping or dancing around is the key part of it," Riley said. "They played way better than we did tonight. Maybe that made them jump around more."
The Beavers seemed flat and ill-prepared. Riley said that caught him by surprise.
"That's how crazy this is to me," he said. "I thought we had a good week (of practice). Washington was really sharp, but we didn't do our part at all in any phase to make it a good game.
"This one really came out of the blue to me. I'm not anxious to, but I'm anxious to look at it on (video) and see what the heck. "
The Huskies were surprised, too.
"I was expecting a dogfight," said Miles, who completed 15 of 24 passes for 162 yards and a TD and ran seven times for 26 yards. "But we're out there playing to the best of our ability, and it happened to be somewhat of a blowout."
It matched the most one-sided loss during Riley's 13 years as OSU's coach, a 49-7 dousing by 10th-ranked California in 2004. It was the most decisive OSU defeat against an unranked opponent since a 51-6 rout against Washington State in 1993. The last time the Beavers had been beaten so badly by an unranked foe at home? A 63-9 shellacking by Stanford in 1981.
It was the most points scored by a Washington team since a 77-0 beatdown of Whitman in 1931.
The Huskies "outcompeted us, for sure," Riley said. "All the issues, they beat us -- the competition, the emotion, the execution. they won them all."
For the first time in the Riley era, the coach chose to not allow his players to speak with the media following the game.
"I told (sports information representatives), 'Just let me talk to them. Leave these guys out of it,' " Riley explained. "There are probably tons of emotions going on (in the OSU locker room).
"We have good kids here. They care. They're probably really hurting, taken aback. It's good for them probably not to have to respond to that."
So Riley was left to try to explain how his team could come out so lacking in a game that was equally important to both sides. He wound up doing a mea culpa on behalf of the OSU coaching staff.
"A lot of parts were missing," he said. "Whether it was the emotion of playing the game but we missed them all. We weren't on the right edge of any of that stuff.
"Us coaches are all responsible for having them ready to play. That's a failure, too. All the parts of that deal were bad."
Tailbacks Sankley, Deontae Cooper (11 carries, 166 yards, two TDs) and Dwayne Washington (11 carries, 141 yards, two scores) combined for 486 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
"Crazy numbers," Riley said. "It's not a secret (the Huskies) are a very good running team, but that is wild."
OSU quarterback Sean Mannion had his worst game of the season, completing 20 of 41 passes for 229 yards and one TD with three interceptions. Brandin Cooks hauled in 10 passes for 117 yards and a score, but they weren't much of a factor in a one-of-a-kind mismatch.
Washington couldn't have dominated much more in roaring to a 27-0 halftime lead. The Huskies held a huge advantage in first downs (14-6), total offense (319-122) and rushing offense (182 to minus-1). Sankey had 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries through intermission. Mannion was 11 for 22 passing for only 123 yards with two interceptions before the break.
Little more than four minutes into the game, Washington held a 14-0 lead.
After Ross' 62-yard kickoff return to start the game, it took the Huskies seven plays to find the end zone, Sankey scoring from three yards for a 7-0 lead just 2:31 into the game.
After an OSU three-and-out and a punt, Washington took over at its 40. It took the Huskies three plays to go 60 yards. There was 19-yard run by Sankey, a 36-yard pass from Miles to Kevin Smith and a 5-yard TD run by Sankey. With 10:56 left in the first quarter, the Huskies had a two-touchdown lead.
After another Beaver three-and-out and punt, the Huskies got the ball at their 31 and advanced to the OSU 27. Travis Coons' 44-yard field goal gave the visitors a 17-0 advantage with 6:36 left in the quarter.
Oregon State got its initial first down when Storm Woods raced 46 yards with a screen pass to the Washington 35, but the UW defense stiffened and forced a punt.
Early in the second quarter, Mannion's pass under pressure was intercepted by Marcus Peters, who returned it 14 yards to the OSU 21. The Huskies settled for a 24-yard Coons field goal to hike the lead to 20-0 with 10:36 remaining in the second quarter.
After another OSU three-and-out and punt, Washington got on the board again, Miles connecting with Smith on a 28-yard TD strike to make it 27-0 with 6:36 left before halftime.
By the time Sankey scored from eight yards to push UW's lead to 34-0 with 8:36 to go in the third quarter, half of the crowd had headed for the exits. Shaq Thompson's 80-yard romp on a pick-six made it 48-0, and there were still two minutes to play in the third quarter.
Riley was asked how hard it will be to get his players ready for next Friday's Civil War game at Eugene.
"At least we have an opportunity," he said. "The best thing is, (the OSU players) have been good responders all year. Good guys to practice. They'll come to work on Monday and get ready to play. It's a tough week to have a short week, but that's exactly what it is."
NOTES: The highest previous total by an OSU opponent came in Oregon's 65-38 Civil War win in 2008. True freshman Victor Bolden supplied some late electricity for the Beavers with a 98-yard kickoff return for a score in the fourth quarter. Redshirt freshman Chris Brown rushed seven times for 73 yards and a TD but also had a fumble. Oregon State had four turnovers, Washington none. Cooks became Oregon State's single-season record-holder for receiving yardage with 1,560, passing Mike Hass (1,532). Cooks trails only USC's Marqise Lee (1,721 in 2012) on the Pac-12 list. It could have been more. On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Cooks broke loose for an apparent 86-yard touchdown reception. After review, it was ruled he stepped out of bounds at the OSU 28-yard line for a 14-yard gain. Cooks also moved up to third on the OSU career receiving yardage list with 3,102. Mannion moved ahead of Jonathan Smith on the OSU career passing yardage list with 9,909. Mannion trails only Derek Anderson (11,249).
SCORE BY PERIODS
Washington 17 10 21 21 -- 69
Oregon State 0 0 0 27 -- 27
UW -- Bishop Sankey 3 run (Travis Coons kick) 12:29
UW -- Sankey 5 run (Coons kick) 10:56
UW -- Coons 44 FG 6:36
UW -- Coons 24 FG 10:36
UW -- Kevin Smith 28 pass from Cyler Miles (Coons kick) 6:36.
UW -- Sankey 8 run (Coons kick) 8:36.
UW -- Deontae Cooper 2 run (Coons kick) 3:55
UW -- Shaq Thompson 80 interception return (Coons kick) 2:01
OSU -- Brandin Cooks 29 pass from Sean Mannion (kick failed) 14:40
UW -- Cooper 1 run (Coons kick) 13:56
UW -- Dwayne Washington 32 run (Coons kick) 12:56
OSU -- Victor Bolden 98 kickoff return (Trevor Romaine kick) 12:40
OSU -- Chris Brown 3 run (Romaine kick) 5:33
UW -- Washington 71 run (Coons kick) 4:38
OSU -- Micah Hatfield 33 pass from Cody Vaz (Romaine kick) 2:25
ATT. -- 43,779