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Washington 27, Oregon State 21

SEATTLE - Bishop Sankey ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Travis Coons kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:20 left and Washington took advantage of four interceptions from Oregon State's Sean Mannion in a 20-17 upset of the Beavers.

Mannion, returning from minor knee surgery, threw interceptions on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter after Oregon State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) had rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to pull even with a dominating third quarter. The last of Mannion's four picks was snagged by Marcus Peters and two plays later Sankey scored from the 1 to give Washington (4-4, 2-3) a 17-10 lead with 8:19 remaining.

Oregon State backup quarterback Cody Vaz entered and threw a 29-yard TD pass to Connor Hamlett with 4:58 left to pull the Beavers even. But Keith Price led the Huskies 63 yards in 3:38 for Coons' go-ahead field goal and snapped Washington's skid.

Price, who committed 10 turnovers in the previous three games, started Washington's decisive drive hitting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for 20 yards, just his third catch of the night. On third-and-7, Kasen Williams made a juggling catch along the sideline for 19 yards and an additional 15 yards was tacked on for a personal foul against Oregon State to move the ball to the Beavers' 18.

Price took an ill-advised sack on second down and couldn't connect with Sankey at the goal line on third down, but Coons was able to give the Huskies the lead.

Price finished 18 of 30 for 194 yards, but the game plan Sarkisian designed was meant not to put Price in the position of being pressured by Oregon State's defensive line. The Huskies ran the ball 20 times in the first half and 33 times total in the hopes of getting a lead and not being forced to catch up.

It worked, as Washington took a 10-0 lead at the half thanks to a 1-yard TD run from Sankey on fourth down and Coons' 45-yard field goal. The deficit was the first for Oregon State since late in the fourth quarter against Arizona on Sept. 29.

Mannion never got into a rhythm. He was often late with his throws or threw behind receivers, and wasn't helped by the loss of star Markus Wheaton to a probable concussion in the second quarter on a pass that was knocked from Wheaton's hands and to Washington safety Justin Glenn for one of Mannion's four picks.

Mannion finished 18 of 34 for 221 yards and one touchdown. Taking over for the final two drives of the game, Vaz was 7 of 11 for 97 yards. Storm Woods rushed for 90 yards before leaving late with a knee injury, and Brandin Cooks had nine catches for 123 yards and a 54-yard touchdown for Oregon State.


Associated Press

November 14, 2020