CORVALLIS, Ore. – Steve Sarkisian had one word on his mind after the Washington Huskies dropped their third straight game. He used it over and over.
“The best way to describe the game and tell you how I feel is frustrated,” the Huskies’ head coach said. “It was a frustrating, frustrating game.”
Sean Mannion threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and Jovan Stevenson ran for three more scores as Oregon State beat Washington 38-21 Saturday.
The Beavers (3-8, 3-5 Pac-12) beat the Huskies for the seventh time in their last eight meetings. The Huskies have been reeling since starting 5-1. They have lost four of their last five heading into next week’s Apple Cup against Washington State.
Nick Montana struggled in his first career start, amassing 79 yards on 11-for-21 passing for the Huskies (6-5, 4-4), necessitating Keith Price to relieve him in the fourth quarter.
Oregon State went up 24-14 with 11:14 left in the game after Mannion connected with Obum Gwachum for a 58-yard pass that set up a Stevenson touchdown. Montana fumbled on the next drive deep in Husky territory and Stevenson scored again to put the Beavers up by 17.
“It didn’t go the way I wanted it to go,” Montana said about his first start. “I wanted to play better, but it didn’t happen.”
Price relieved Montana and promptly led the Huskies on a 10-play, 58-yard touchdown drive capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aguilar to get Washington within 31-21. The Huskies appeared to be in business after Brandin Cooks fumbled the kickoff, but Price was intercepted by Ryan Murphy on the first play. The Beavers went 99 yards on a time-consuming drive and Stevenson scored his third TD to seal the game.
“I’m frustrated for our players, coaches and fans because I know we can be better than this,” Sarkisian said. “We need to know what we can do to fix that.”
Montana, son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, started in place of Price, who injured his left knee in a 40-17 loss to USC last week. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian played coy for most of the week before announcing Thursday on Twitter that Montana would start.
Oregon State receiver James Rodgers caught four passes, including a 6-yard touchdown pass, to become Oregon State’s all-time leader in receptions. He left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle.