A 25-minute fourth quarter power outage was the most important mishap to happen inside Husky Stadium Friday.
But solely barely.
Washington (7-2) overcame all of them.
Despite a first half full of doubtlessly deadly mistakes, UW outlasted No. 24 Oregon State — capping an 18-play, 92-yard, four-minute and 25-second march with a 22-yard discipline aim to seal an unbelievable 24-21 win.
“We have a goal of winning championships, and we talked about it at halftime,” UW coach Kalen DeBoer mentioned late Friday night time. “If you want to be a championship caliber team you have to find ways to battle and fight and win games like this — the physical ones, the ones that go back and forth, the ones that have the adversity that hits you. If the lights go out, throw that in there, too.”
The aforementioned first half adversity featured the next:
- A Michael Penix Jr. pick-six, wherein Washington’s redshirt junior quarterback stared down huge receiver Jalen McMillan and telegraphed a reward — returned by linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold 37 yards to give the Beavers a 14-7 lead late within the second quarter.
- 106 dashing yards and 4.8 yards per carry from the bruising Beavers, 81 of which got here on 11 carries for true freshman Damien Martinez. Redshirt junior Deshaun Fenwick plunged ahead for a 3-yard landing on Oregon State’s opening drive as effectively.
- A dropped snap by redshirt freshman punter Jack McCallister, who picked up the soccer and was promptly blocked for an eight-yard loss. (McCallister’s solely different first-half punt sailed sideways for a modest 18-yard internet.)
- Zero Washington sacks or compelled turnovers, for a group that had earned a single takeaway in its earlier 4 video games — regardless of getting into Friday rating second within the Pac-12 with 25 sacks.
- A measly 35 UW dashing yards … 15 of which got here on an end-around to huge receiver Ja’Lynn Polk.
Considering the minefield of Husky mistakes, UW ought to have been buried by halftime. They may have lower the lights even earlier.
So how on earth did the Huskies win?
It’s a sophisticated reply. But it begins with a pair of fourth down stops.
“Those (stops) were ones that kept us in the game and kept us in that one-score disadvantage. But one score was all we needed to get back in it.”
Trailing 7-0 late within the first quarter, the Huskies abruptly ended a 12-play, 63-yard march. Massive UW defensive lineman Ulumoo Ale absorbed Martinez on third-and-1 for a one-yard loss, then cornerback Mishael Powell and edge Zion Tupuola-Fetui mixed to swallow 239-pound wildcat quarterback Jack Colletto for no acquire.
Oregon State’s subsequent drive disintegrated within the crimson zone as effectively. Following the blocked punt, the Beavers opted to go for it on fourth-and-3 from the Husky 15 — with a persistent wind probably persuading coach Jonathan Smith to gamble once more. On fourth down, quarterback Ben Gulbranson sailed a move over Martinez’s head — leading to a second consecutive Husky cease.
After which, Washington’s offense lastly received going. The Huskies amassed a 15-play, 85-yard drive — thanks to a trio of unlikely conversions. On third-and-16, Penix discovered huge receiver Rome Odunze on a display screen for a 27-yard acquire. On third-and-11, he hit McMillan for 17 yards. On fourth-and-10, he discovered McMillan for 18 extra. Senior working again Wayne Taulapapa capped issues off by taking a wildcat snap and spinning into the top zone to tie the rating at 7-7 with 4:23 left within the second quarter.
“We prepare for those (third-and-long) scenarios, knowing all great offenses end up in those situations at some point during the game,” mentioned huge receiver Rome Odunze, who registered seven catches for 102 yards. “We want to have plays we’re confident in. We know we can go out there and execute and get those conversions no matter what the yardage is.”
So … regardless of the pick-six, and the poor punts, and the porous run protection, and the shortage of a move rush, and 4 premature penalties, UW one way or the other trailed simply 14-7 at halftime. The Huskies even outgained the Beavers 189-162 in that span.
But the mistakes weren’t left within the locker room.
Granted, UW tied the sport halfway via the third quarter — as Penix took a shotgun snap on third and aim (following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by left guard Troy Fautanu) and located tight finish Jack Westover on their own within the nook of the top zone for an unbelievable 24-yard rating.
But a facemask penalty shifted momentum.
On the next drive, Gulbranson took a snap from the Husky 42-yard line and was unceremoniously swarmed. Senior edge Jeremiah Martin dismantled left deal with Joshua Gray with a vicious spin transfer earlier than engulfing Gulbranson on the 50-yard line. It ought to have prompted a second consecutive Beaver punt.
Martin was flagged for a wholly pointless facemask penalty as an alternative. And two performs later, Fenwick paid it off — taking a wildcat snap and galloping into the top zone for a 19-yard rating that gave Oregon State a 21-14 lead.
But the Huskies had one more reply. UW ripped off a nine-play, 66-yard drive — that includes runs of 10 and 19 yards. Taulapapa tumbled into the top zone for his second landing, this one from 4 yards out, to tie it once more at 21-21.
It was a lights-out drive.
Following a appreciable power outage, then three consecutive punts, the Husky offense mounted a exceptional drive. UW amassed an 18-play, 92-yard march — together with third down conversions to Devin Culp, Jalen McMillan and Cameron Davis.
“I’m proud of the way the guys were just resilient,” DeBoer mentioned. “There came a point where we got close to midfield, and you knew, ‘Now we’re the aggressors.’ When you’re backed way up you worry about the punt into the wind and how much time is going to be left for their offense. There came a point where we got out of our own territory and you knew, ‘This is now in our court.’”
On third-and-6 from the Beavers’ 21-yard line, Davis prolonged to reel in a Penix move for a important six-yard acquire — on a route that beforehand resulted in a Davis drop. Davis — who contributed 55 dashing yards, plus 5 catches for 27 yards — mentioned “I wouldn’t say time slowed down. I just really locked in. I saw the ball had a little bit of wobble to it, so I guess that made me lock in a little bit more. But at the end of the day I just trusted my hands and my eyes.”
After Penix scrambled for a yard, huge receiver Giles Jackson took a pop move round the appropriate edge for 12 extra yards. Following a pair of incompletions and a Penix kneel-down, kicker Peyton Henry drilled a 22-yard discipline aim to basically finish the sport.
“At the start of the fourth quarter when it was still tied I was just visualizing being in that situation, mentally getting ready for it,” Henry mentioned. “Because I knew it was going to come down to a single kick. So I was ready to go.”
Penix completed with 298 passing yards (58% completions) with a landing and an interception. Linebacker Cam Bright contributed a team-high 10 tackles and a second-half sack, whereas Washington’s protection held OSU to 69 dashing yards and three.8 yards per carry within the second half. UW managed to go 11 for 18 on third down.
And once they wanted to, the Huskies turned out the lights.