Oregon St. 48, Washington 21
Once again, Oregon State has played its way into the thick of the Rose Bowl race.
Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 159 yards, Sean Canfield threw for four touchdowns and the Beavers demolished Washington 48-21 Saturday for their fifth win in six games.
“Personally, we feel like we can do anything we want,” said Oregon State wide receiver Damola Adeniji, who also became engaged to his longtime girlfriend during the pregame senior day festivities. “We just show up, hit ’em in the mouth and get the win.”
Rodgers, a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season and ran for two touchdowns.
The Beavers (7-3, 5-2 Pacific-10) finished a game out of the Pac-10 title chase last season and went to the Sun Bowl. They play their final two games on the road against Washington State and Oregon.
With five teams in contention for the conference title entering the game, Oregon State got a lift when No. 25 Stanford routed No. 11 Southern California. The Beavers had lost to USC, but hold a tiebreaker over Stanford.
Chris Polk ran for 100 yards for the Huskies (3-7, 2-5), who are out of bowl contention after dropping their fourth straight. The Huskies, winless on the road this season, came into the game needing to win their final three to be bowl eligible. Instead, they fell to the Beavers for the sixth straight year.
Playing in his final game at Reser Stadium, Canfield, who entered the game as the Pac-10’s leading passer, was 21 of 29 for 185 yards. He connected with seven different receivers.
Keaton Kristick intercepted Jake Locker at the 17 to set up Oregon State’s first touchdown, a 3-yard play-action pass to Joe Halahuni. Justin Kahut kicked two 44-yard field goals and Rodgers broke free for a 42-yard run that set up his brother, James, for a 6-yard touchdown reception and a 20-0 lead.
Locker was 14 for 23 passing for 153 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Jermaine Kearse five times for 70 yards and two touchdowns, but had little luck establishing a passing game otherwise. The junior wasn’t able to affect the game with his speed, either. He was sacked four times and finished with minus-13 yards rushing.
“We had a party in the backfield,” Kristick said. “We closed up a lot of his scramble lanes. You could see him early in the game trying to get away and we were there.”
The Huskies briefly got going in the second quarter by establishing the run. Polk ran for 57 of Washington’s 66 yards on a nine-play drive, capped with a 3-yard pass to Kearse.
But the Beavers immediately marched down the field, with Canfield completing nine passes for 70 yards, including a 10-yarder pass to James Rodgers to make it 27-7 just before halftime. Rodgers then deflated any hopes the Huskies had coming out of the break by running the opening kickoff back to the Washington 1.
Jacquizz Rodgers punched it in, then ran for an 8-yard score and set up another score with a 44-yard run on a direct snap.
The rout was on. The 27-point loss was Washington’s worst to Oregon State.
“That was an ugly football game,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said. “There wasn’t a phase where we played up to our capabilities, and that’s what’s disappointing from a coaching standpoint.”