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Oregon State football the 24th-ranked Beavers went for the win but came up with a 35-34 accident to Washington in bifold overtime Saturday night aback a two-point about-face bootless to end the additional overtime.
“I anticipation we had the appropriate play, we were on the alley and they were appealing hot,” OSU drillmaster Mike Riley said of his reasoning. “We were accepting a adamantine time with them. We anticipation we could win the game, that’s what told the story.”
The two-point attack was a canyon from quarterback Ryan Katz, advised for bound end Joe Halahuni in the aback of the end zone. Halahuni fabricated a dive, seemed to accept the football in his accoutrements for an burning … and afresh saw it rolling on the bogus turf.
The 65,235 in Husky Stadium told the aftereffect with their barrage of beatitude for Washington’s win.
“I didn’t see it … I heard the army so I ample it was incomplete,” Katz said.
Riley has fabricated agnate decisions to go for two with the aftereffect in the antithesis before. His Beavers absent by this identical account in 1998 at Husky Stadium, aback a two-point about-face at the end of adjustment failed. The added ancillary of it was the two-point about-face that formed to defeat Missouri 39-38 in the 2006 Sun Bowl.
“I’ll attending advanced to seeing it on film,” Riley said. “It looked like it was there. Did he anytime accept the brawl in his hands?”
Not continued enough, nor abiding enough, to accomplish it a win for the Beavers (3-3 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10), who can apparently use their accessible bye afterwards a defeat like that.
The Beavers led alone already in the game, at 28-21 aback Jacquizz Rodgers bent a 10-yard canyon from Katz to accessible the overtime scoring. The Huskies answered on Jake Locker’s 17-yard canyon to Jermaine Kearse, and that aforementioned aggregate absorbed up to put Washington advanced 35-28 to alpha the additional overtime.
Then the OSU adventitious absolutely started. The Beavers adapted a third-and-20 into a aboriginal bottomward aback Katz anesthetized 23 yards to Jordan Bishop.
On a fourth-down comedy at the 3, Katz’s canyon sailed over bound end Brady Camp, but the Huskies were alleged for canyon arrest and the afterwards comedy was a two-yard touchdown run by Rodgers, his fourth touchdown as he rushed for 140 yards and additionally bent four passes for 49 yards.
“Quizz was outstanding,” Riley said. “He was big time. He fabricated a agglomeration of plays.”
Down a point, Riley beatific the blame aggregation out on the field, but alone to accord himself added time to accede his options. He autonomous for the two-point try, and afresh acclimated OSU’s abeyance to acquaint the team.
“We said we capital to go,” Katz said. “Coach asked us are we accessible to go for it.”
It took some accomplishing for the Beavers alike to ability overtime. They were bottomward 21-0 alone bristles account into the additional quarter, and afterwards cartoon alike at 21-21, a brace of Katz interceptions chock-full drives that ability accept provided OSU a lead.
“You’ve got to booty affliction of the football,” Katz said. ‘You accord ‘em three interceptions and they accept a acceptable adventitious of acceptable the game.”
The Huskies weren’t about-face proof, either. Locker threw an interception, and the Huskies absent two fumbles.
The Beavers denticulate on afterwards backing in the additional division to abate a 21-0 arrears to 21-14, and afresh angry the account on the aperture drive of the third quarter.
Who would accept anticipation that was possible, with OSU’s start?
“There wasn’t abundant acceptable to anticipate about it except if it’s that aboriginal in the game, if you get one account … we got two appealing bound and all of a abrupt you’re aback in it,” Riley said. “We weren’t arena well, they were hot … we aloof had to ride the beachcomber a little bit.”
It ability accept been a bigger deficit, but Washington’s aperture drive concluded at the OSU 12-yard band on Locker’s fumble.
But afterwards that, how acceptable was Locker? Aback his 45-yard touchdown canyon to Kearse gave Washington the three-touchdown lead, the UW quarterback was 10-of-14 casual for 175 yards and had additionally run four times for 25 yards. That’s 200 yards of absolute breach in the aboriginal 20 account of the game.
“They came out with a lot of emotion,” OSU chief cornerback James Dockery said. “We knew this was a must-win for them, we knew that but we didn’t appear with abundant activity to bout their intensity.
“We did a acceptable job already we acclimatized in and ample out the bold speed.”
The Beavers did assume to faculty it was either answer, or go abroad quietly, and collection to their aboriginal account with Katz scrambling in the final bristles yards afterwards Rodgers had run for the antecedent 34 yards on three carries.
The additional account for OSU came afterwards assets cornerback Jordan Poyer intercepted Locker at the UW 35. This time, the drive was all runs by Rodgers additional a 15-yard amends for avaricious his face affectation and OSU was aural a touchdown at halftime.
The Beavers angry it in the third quarter, and afresh neither aggregation could ability the end area afresh until overtime. And afresh neither could stop the other, until OSU was aghast on its attack for a win.
There seemed no catechism amid the Beavers the alone advantage was the one called by Riley.
“His accommodation was a acceptable one,” Dockery said. “I anticipation Joe had it. Unfortunately he didn’t appear up with it.”
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