Beavers Bury Washington, 49-24
Nov 10, 2001
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jonathan Smith passed for 317 yards and twotouchdowns, and freshman Steven Jackson ran for three scores as Oregon Statepounded No. 8 Washington 49-24 Saturday, ending a 13-game losing streak to theHuskies.
Ken Simonton added three touchdowns - two rushing and the first receivingscore of his career - as the Beavers (4-5, 3-4 Pac-10) stayed in the hunt for athird straight bowl appearance by beating Washington for the first time since1985.
It also was Oregon State's first victory at home over the Huskies since1974, and the Beavers' biggest margin in the series since a 40-14 in 1951.
Oregon's victory over UCLA left Washington (7-2, 5-2) with no chance to winthe Pac-10 title, and likely out of contention for BCS game.
Washington's Cody Pickett had a miserable day, completing just 13 of 32passes for 160 yards under heavy pressure. The Huskies' ground game didn't helphim much, producing just 88 yards.
Washington's first two touchdown drives started at the Oregon State 31 and23. The Huskies trailed 35-10 at halftime and managed just 6 yards in the thirdquarter.
Smith had more to do with the Beavers' success than Washington's poorexecution, however. The senior had struggled badly this season, ranking seventhin the conference in passing and throwing eight interceptions to go with hiseight touchdowns.
But the 5-foot-11 former walk-on always seems to save his best performancesfor the Huskies. In 1998, he came off the bench and threw for a school-record469 yards in a 35-34 loss in Seattle.
On Saturday, Smith's passes were sharp, and he showed some surprisingmobility to buy time. He was 18-of-28 and didn't throw an interception. In fourgames against Washington, he has thrown for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns.
On the second play of the game, Smith found 5-8 freshman Cole Clasen wideopen over the middle for a 47-yard gain. The Beavers would have had athird-and-9 from the Washington 24, but the Huskies' Jamaun Willis hit Smithlate, giving Oregon State a first down at the 12.
Three plays later, Simonton went around the right end and tiptoed inside thegoal marker for a 3-yard touchdown.
Simonton finished with 107 yards, 2 yards shy of passing Marcus Allen forsecond on the Pac-10 career list.
Washington got within 14-10 on a 7-yard run by Pickett, but the Huskiescouldn't pull off a sixth comeback victory this season.
The Beavers drove 80 yards, with the key play coming on a 26-yard screenpass from Smith to Clasen. On the next play, Simonton scored from 8 yards out.
Pickett had several passes batted away by Oregon State's secondary, and onenearly was intercepted with open field ahead. Then the sophomore finally made acrucial mistake.
On second-and-10 from the Beavers 14, Pickett floated a pass to the right,and Dennis Weathersby intercepted it and ran 73 yards up the sideline beforePickett pushed him out of bounds. Jackson scored on a 1-yard run to make it28-10.
Penalties force the Huskies to punt, and Smith had completions of 21 and 24yards to set up Jackson's second touchdown, a 2-yarder, to put it away at 35-10with 3:05 left in the first half.
Oregon State's dominance was utterly unexpected, considering how much weakerthe Beavers were compared with last year's 11-1 team. Its only loss was to theHuskies in Seattle, 33-30.