#17 Huskies build huge lead then cruise to 42-23 win over Beavers

The Washington Huskies stormed out to a 28-3 lead in the 1st quarter over the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday and cruised to an easy 42-23 win. The win locks UW in an Apple Cup show down for the Pac-12 title against the #8 WSU Cougars. Winner takes the north and gets a shot at the Rose Bowl.

“There’s a lot on the line,” Browning said of the Apple Cup. “But I think more it’s a quick turnaround. I think whatever team can adjust to that quick turnaround better, that’s an advantage.”

Jake Browning had a solid day going 17-23 for 242 yards. More importantly, Jake had 3 TDs in a return to form.

“There’s no one that’s spent more time in this office since the moment he got here,” Petersen said. “It’s exactly how it’s supposed to be and he’s a rare individual in terms of never flinching, always the same, always prepping as hard as he possibly can, completely locked in at all times. It’s hard to do for anybody let alone a college kid going through this process. (It’s) really special.”

Myles Gaskin had an up and down game, with 101 yards on his 1st 3 carries; however, the Beavers began to key on him. He did find pay-dirt though finishing with 135 yards and a TD. Sophomore Savon Ahmed scored twice and piled up 76 yards on 9 carries.

Special teams looked a bit miserable however, as during the 2nd quarter Oregon State succeeded on an onside kick against a return squad that got caught napping. In the 4th, a punt got blocked. Quite sloppy play that could mean the difference between a win and loss if it isn’t cleaned up by the Apple Cup.

OSU coach and former UW offensive coordinator, Jonathan Smith found moving the ball a bit difficult vs the Huskies. Going just 2-14 on 3rd downs and losing two fumbles was indicative of a Purple and Gold squad that came to play.

The Huskies looked pretty good today, but to beat WSU next Friday, they need to clean up some sloppiness. Luckily, All-American Trey Adams may be ready next week to shore up the offensive line.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.