Oregon State takes ranks 123rd among the 128 FCS teams while averaging 146 passing yards per game. This Saturday the Beavers face a Washington defense that is the best in the Pac-12 and 13th nationally against the pass allowing 177.3 yards per game.

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After seven games, Oregon State ranks 123rd among the 128 NCAA Division I FBS teams while averaging 146 passing yards per game.

The Beavers (2-4, 1-2 in Pac-12) will face a tall task improving their passing game this week considering their starting quarterback Darell Garretson is out for the season after breaking his ankle last Saturday and backup Conor Blount (knee) is unavailable.

OSU will start third-string QB Marcus McMaryion on Saturday at Husky Stadium against No. 5 Washington. The sophomore has played in nine games and started once last year. The Beavers had hoped to redshirt true freshman Mason Moran, but he’s been elevated to the backup  behind McMaryion.

Last year’s starter Seth Collins, who started seven games, but has since moved to receiver is also an emergency option.

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“We all know and it’s not a secret we are horrible at throwing the football,” OSU coach Gary Andersen said during Monday’s press conference. “That starts with me. I’m a horrible coach when it comes to throwing the football this year with those kids. So I need to try to help them and every coach does and every player also.”

Making matters worse for Oregon State, they’re facing a stingy UW defense, which was idle last week, that’s the best in the Pac-12 and 13th nationally against the pass allowing 177.3 yards per game.

In their last outing, the Huskies held Ducks freshman quarterback Justin Herbert – who was making his first start – to 179 passing yards during a 70-21 rout at Oregon two weeks ago.