DAWGS OF THE GAME
Offense: Bishop Sankey ate up yards and clock all night long,. The sophomore running back had 92 yards on 25 carries and was the Huskies’ main option all night long. The first six offensive plays of the game all went to Sankey. He also scored both of Washington’s touchdowns on 1-yard dives.
Defense: The defense made it hard to choose a solitary standout tonight with the strong performance against the Beavers. Tonight’s effort exemplified the tough brand of football that Coach Sark has preached since day 1. John Timu, Desmond Trufant, Justin Glenn, and Sean Parker all deserve recognition for harassing the Beavers’ offense, but it was Marcus Peters who delivered a momentum turning interception to set up Sankey’s second touchdown run. Peters also broke-up three passes and had three tackles on the night.
Special Teams: It is Travis Coons again, and frankly, he makes it hard to choose anyone else by handling kickoff, field goal, and punting duties. Coons hit two field goals tonight, from 45 and 30-yards, and nailed two punts inside the 20. His second field goal with 1:20 left in the game proved to be the game winner.
PLAYS OF THE GAME:
O: Keith Price to Kasen Williams on 3rd and 7 kept the go-ahead drive alive. Williams bobbled the Price throw, but held onto it as he was hit near the home sideline by two OSU defenders. The connection was good for 19-yards and the Dawgs were rewarded with 15 extra yards on a targeting penalty committed on Williams on the play.
D: Talia Crichton sacked Cody Vaz to effectively end any chance of the Beavers scoring on their last possession. Crichton’s hit as Vaz stepped up in the pocket left OSU with a 4th and 14 situation at the 42, out of range for a possible game-tying field goal.
ST: Travis Coons’ aforementioned game-winning 30-yard field goal transferred the Huskies’ last drive into points and broke the 17-17 tie. Three points was all that the Dawgs needed to seal the victory.