Huskies edge Beavers, 27-21
Seemingly robbed by officials' calls and definitely run over by its opponent, Oregon State fell to 0-2 Saturday night.
Washington rushed for 267 yards to control the game and kept its lead throughout the second half to beat the Beavers 27-21 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
The Huskies, who gave first-year coach Jimmy Lake his first career win, led 24-21 at halftime and made it 27-21 on Peyton Henry's short field goal with 1:45 left.
OSU quarterback Tristan Gebbia completed one pass on the next possession, but the Huskies forced three consecutive incompletions, including Asa Turner's interception on fourth down, to preserve the win.
The Huskies have beaten the Beavers in nine consecutive games.
"It was gritty but wasn't too perfect by any stretch (of imagination)," OSU coach Jonathan Smith said. "I appreciate the heart and competitiveness of this team. We got our run game going at times. That's a good football team (Washington). We didn't play well enough to win, but I know we competed till the end."
Oregon State (0-2) plays host to California at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at Reser Stadium.
But, oh, the Pac-12 officiating crew working the OSU-Washington game could receive some scrutiny.
In the third quarter, the Beavers drove downfield, led by Jermar Jefferson, who had another good game with 133 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
On third-and-1 at the UW 5, the Huskies stopped Jefferson for no gain; the Beavers thought he had made the first down. Then, on fourth-and-1, Jefferson clearly gained the yard for the first down, with FOX Sports replays backing up the assertion, but officials ruled that he had not gained yardage. That was, seemingly, the more egregious spot of the ball.
Smith stopped short of criticizing officials for the spots.
"I was told they were getting reviewed," coach Jonathan Smith said. "The third-down play, they brought out the measurement sticks, and I asked if the call was getting looked at, and they said they were looking at it. ... I thought we had it.
"And, they said they reviewed the fourth-down call," while also measuring the spot.
Said Jefferson: "Definitely felt like I got it the first time. The second play was fourth-and-1, and I don't know how that happened, don't know how I lost yards."
Later, the Huskies marched for the field goal. Quarterback Dylan Morris gained two yards on fourth-and-1, and then he scampered 14 yards to the OSU 10 before being hit by Kitan Oladapo, who received a targeting penalty and an ejection.
The Beavers stiffened and held the Huskies to Henry's 23-yard field goal, but the offense, without timeouts, couldn't move up the field.
Smith said the players stayed motivated after the stops inside the UW 5.
"These guys battled and we've had some tough breaks that haven't gone our way and we've responded," he said.
Said Jefferson: "We didn't let that break us."
After Washington State rushed for 229 yards (7.6 yards/carry) against OSU in the season-opening game (38-28 Beaver loss), the Huskies used a balanced rushing attack to tally 267 yards (5.2 yards/carry) and keep the ball for about 37 minutes to OSU's 23.
Sean McGrew had 91 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Kamari Pleasant had 61 yards and a score on 12 carries. Richard Newton added 41 yards on 15 carries.
"We came out juiced up," McGrew said. "We want to be the most physical team in the Pac-12 and establishing the run will be important in every game."
Morris went 14 of 24 for 141 yards in his first career start.
The Beavers ran for 167 yards (4.3 yards/carry), but Gebbia couldn't muster much through the air to keep the Huskies' defense off balance. Gebbia went just 11 of 24 for 85 yards.
The game got off to a wild start, and it looked like a wild game in the making with Washington leading 24-21 at halftime.
A high snap by UW long snapper Jaden Green led to punter Race Porter giving chase for the ball. He tracked it down, but his punt from deep in UW territory was blocked by Hamilcar Rashed Jr. and OSU's Jaydon Grant recovered the ball and scooted 11 yards into the end zone for the touchdown.
The lead wouldn't last long. The Huskies drove 75 yards on five plays, tying the game on McGrew's 21-yard TD run.
After an OSU punt, the Huskies moved the ball and went ahead 10-7 on Henry's 25-yard field goal.
Then, after a Gebbia fumble on a sack, the Huskies marched upfield and went ahead 17-7 on Kamari Pleasant's 15-yard TD run.
Offensively, the Beavers started slowly again, as they had against WSU, but a Jefferson-led, 80-yard drive ended with B.J. Baylor's 3-yard TD run. Ten of the 11 plays were run plays.
Later in the second quarter, the teams traded scores. Trent McDuffie returned a punt 45 yards and the Huskies scored on Morris' 1-yard TD run to go ahead 24-14.
But, Champ Flemings, who had a productive game with returns, returned to the OSU 44 on the kickoff. Gebbia hit Luke Musgrave, Tyjon Lindsey and Kolby Taylor on passes, Jefferson gained two yards on fourth-and-1 and Jefferson scored on a 4-yard TD run to make it 24-21.
Then came the second half, and the very unfortunate spots that could have cost Oregon State the game.
Being 0-2 isn't a good spot to be in during a seven-game season for Oregon State.
Said Jefferson: "We still have our energy up there, we can't get down on ourselves, we still have multiple games to go."
Oregon State 7 14 0 0 — 21
Washington 10 14 0 3 — 27
OSU — Jaydon Grant 11 blocked punt return (Everett Hayes kick), 9:46
UW — Sean McGrew 21 run (Peyton Henry), 7:44
UW — Henry 25 FG, 2:10
UW — Kamari Pleasant 15 run (Henry kick), 14:15
OSU — B.J. Baylor 3 run (Hayes kick), 9:31
UW — Dylan Morris 1 run (Henry kick), 2:19
OSU — Jermar Jefferson 4 run (Hayes kick), 0:18
UW — Henry 23 FG, 1:45
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