Huskies pick off No. 7 Beavers
UW intercepts 4 passes; Sankey scores twice
SEATTLE – Bishop Sankey ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Travis Coons kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:20 left and Washington took advantage of four interceptions from Oregon State’s Sean Mannion in a 20-17 Pac-12 football upset of the seventh-ranked Beavers on Saturday night.
Oregon State (6-1, 4-1) was trying for the first 7-0 start in school history. Instead it became the second AP Top 10 team to be upset by the Huskies at home this season. Washington knocked off then-No. 8 Stanford 17-13 in late September.
Mannion, returning from minor knee surgery, threw interceptions on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter after Oregon State had rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to pull even with a dominating third quarter. The last of Mannion’s four picks was snagged by Marcus Peters and two plays later Sankey (Gonzaga Prep) scored from the 1 to give Washington (4-4, 2-3) a 17-10 lead.
Oregon State backup Cody Vaz entered and threw a 29-yard TD pass to Connor Hamlett with 4:58 left to pull the Beavers even. But Keith Price led the Huskies 63 yards in 3:38 for Coons’ go-ahead field goal and snapped Washington’s three-game skid.
Mannion never got into a rhythm. He was often late with his throws or threw behind receivers, and wasn’t helped by the loss of star Markus Wheaton to a probable concussion in the second quarter on a pass that was knocked from Wheaton’s hands and to Washington safety Justin Glenn for one of Mannion’s four picks.
Price, who committed 10 turnovers in the previous three games, started Washington’s decisive drive hitting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for 20 yards, just his third catch of the night. On third-and-7, Kasen Williams made a juggling catch along the sideline for 19 yards and an additional 15 yards was tacked on for a personal foul against Oregon State to move the ball to the Beavers’ 18.
Price took a on second down and couldn’t connect with Sankey at the goal line on third down, but Coons was able to give the Huskies the lead.
Price finished 18 of 30 for 194 yards. It’s the fourth time in the Huskies’ history they have knocked off two Top 10 teams in one season.
Sankey also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and Coons added a 45-yard field goal as the Huskies held a 10-0 halftime advantage. The four interceptions tied a career high for Mannion. He also threw four picks last year against Arizona State.
UW—FG Coons 45
UW—Sankey 1 run (Coons kick)
OSU—Cooks 54 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick)
OSU—FG Romaine 29
UW—Sankey 1 run (Coons kick)
OSU—Hamlett 29 pass from Vaz (Romaine kick)
UW—FG Coons 30
|Time of Possession||27:57||32:03|
RUSHING—Oregon St., Woods 15-90, Cooks 4-22, Anderson 1-3, Agnew 1-2, Mannion 1-(-4), Vaz 1-(-4). Washington, Sankey 25-92, Taylor 3-11, Mickens 1-4, Team 1-(-2), Price 3-(-6).
PASSING—Oregon St., Mannion 18-34-4-221, Vaz 7-11-0-97. Washington, Price 18-30-1-194.
RECEIVING—Oregon St., Cooks 9-123, Mullaney 4-70, Woods 4-37, Hamlett 3-43, Wheaton 2-25, Prince 2-15, Gwacham 1-5. Washington, Williams 5-61, Seferian-Jenkins 3-31, Sankey 3-10, Mickens 2-42, Hartvigson 2-33, Taylor 2-12, Hall 1-5.
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