It was mission accomplished for the # 17 ranked University Washington Huskies ( 8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) as they bolted out to a 28-3 first quarter lead and never looked back in the Dogs 42-23 win over the Oregon State Beavers (2-9, 1-7). With the impending Apple Cup Showdown with the #8 ranked Washington State Cougars just around the bend, the mission for the Huskies was to beat the Beavers, try not to exert any excess energy in winning and pay tribute to the 22 seniors who were playing their last game Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium.
Two of the 22 seniors who were present to Saturday being the last time they would play a game at Husky Stadium were Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin. Arguably the two players responsible for restoring Husky Football to among the elite programs in college football. Browning threw three touchdown passes and Gaskin rushed for 135 yards in the dynamic duo’s final home game.
The Huskies scored on their first four offensive drives on their way to the 28-3 lead. In the first quarter alone, the Huskies racked up 252 total offensive yards as Gaskin rushed for 103 yards while Browning was 7-9 for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Salvon Ahmed scored on a pair of four-yard runs while Browning’s two touchdown throws were to Aaron Fuller for 17 yards and Cade Otton from 21 yards.
“I’d like to start like that every week, every first quarter. They were clicking and set the tone for the game. Huskies head coach Chris Petersen said after the game. ” You knew Oregon State was going to keep battling, they’ve done that against every team they’ve played. They did a nice job on offense moving the ball. I thought it was pretty good football for three quarters and it’d be nice to score another touchdown in the fourth quarter but that’s how it goes.
The Beavers coached by former UW assistant coach Jonathan Smith showed some fight by outscoring the Huskies 13-7 in the second quarter, the Huskies were never threatened as they took a 35 to 16 halftime. Gaskin scored the games only third-quarter points when he found the end zone on a six-yard run. The Beavers Jack Colletto three-yard run in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring for both teams.
QUICK GAME NOTES
Jake Browning became the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time winningest starting quarterback with 37 wins, breaking a tie at the top with Stanford’s Kevin Hogan and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. He is now 37-13 (.740) in his career.
Jake Browning threw a season-high equaling three touchdowns by the end of the first half and now has 94 in his career. He’s moved up to fourth all-time in Pac-12 history for most scores responsible for and ranks sixth all-time in the Conference for TD passes, behind fifth-place Jared Goff (96) of Cal.
Myles Gaskin went over 100 yards rushing for his school record 24th time and the fourth time this season. With his 135 yards, he now has 4,961 for his career, 39 shy of becoming the fifth Pac-12 player reaching, 5,000.
Myles Gaskin’s64-yard, non-scoring run in the first quarter was his longest rush of the season. It is the second longest non-scoring rush of his career (68 yards vs. Oregon in 2016) and the 14th longest non-scoring rush in UW history.
Myles Gaskin caught his first touchdown of the season – the fifth of his career – and added a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. The rushing score was the 52nd of his career, moving him into a fourth-place tie all-time in Pac-12 history with USC’s LenDale White. Overall, Gaskin has scored 57 times in his career.