Instant analysis: Washington 20, OSU 17
October, 28, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com
SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies pulled another stunner at CenturyLink Field over a top-10 team from the Pac-12 North. Here’s how their 20-17 upset went down:
It was over when: Washington kicker Travis Coons connected on a 30-yard field goal with 1 minute, 26 seconds left, giving the Huskies a 20-17 advantage. The Beavers were able to move to the Washington 38 but couldn’t convert on fourth-and-19 with 25 seconds left in the game.
Game ball goes to: Washington running back Bishop Sankey, who rushed for two touchdowns and 92 tough yards against one of the best run defenses in the country.
Stat of the game: 8 -- total interceptions on the season for Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, who entered the game with four. You do the math. After the fourth, he was replaced by Cody Vaz.
Unsung hero: Washington’s Desmond Trufant led all players with 10 tackles, including nine solo stops and a tackle for a loss.
Second-guessing: Was this the right game to bring back Mannion? He looked hesitant and shaky most of the game. And while credit is due to the Washington defense for nabbing four interceptions, they were also bad throws from Mannion -- who looked much more like the 2011 Mannion than the 2012 model who had been efficient and took care of the ball.
What it means for Oregon State: The Beavers might still be in line for the Rose Bowl -- especially with USC losing today -- but they’ll take a big hit in the BCS standings for losing to an unranked team. Moving forward, do the Beavers (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) have a quarterback controversy?
What it means for Washington: The Huskies’ Jekyll-and-Hyde season continues. The last time they won a game, it was upending a top-10 team on Sept. 27. They had gone a month between wins, but now they’ve beaten another top-10 team. The offensive struggles continue, but Washington (4-4, 2-3) is back to .500 and a decent bowl game is still within reach.
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