UW gave its seniors a happy send-off for their last game at Husky Stadium, romping visiting Oregon State, 42-23. Here are Adam Jude's quick thoughts after the blowout.
The No. 17 UW Huskies ran away with a 42-23 win over Oregon State in their final home game of the season. Here are Adam Jude’s quick thoughts on the rout.
Apple Cup, here we come
Let Apple Cup week begin. The Huskies improved to 6-2 in Pac-12 play (8-3 overall) heading into Friday’s rivalry game against No. 8 Washington State in Pullman — an Apple Cup as big as any before it. Regardless of what happens in the Cougars’ home game against Arizona on Saturday night, the Apple Cup will determine the Pac-12 North champion for the second time in three years. The Huskies have won five in a row against Wazzu, all by double digits, but this matchup looks as close as ever.
For Myles and Myles and Myles …
Myles Gaskin pounded the turf in frustration. In his final game at Husky Stadium, UW’s all-time leading rusher came up just short of another long touchdown when he was tackled at the 4-yard line at the end of a 64-yard run. No matter: Sophomore Salvon Ahmed took the handoff on the next snap and ran four yards for the touchdown, kick-starting a brilliant first quarter for the Huskies.
Gaskin had 101 yards on his first three carries against Oregon State, helping the Huskies build a 28-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Huskies took advantage of an Oregon State defense that statistically is one of the worst in Pac-12 history, as UW gained 383 yards in the first half alone. The Huskies finished with 503 offensive yards.
In the first half, Jake Browning completed 14 of 16 passes with three touchdowns — to Aaron Fuller, Cade Otton and Gaskin. In the third quarter, he added a 6-yard TD run after Oregon State’s second turnover. That extended UW’s lead to 42-16 and gave Gaskin 52 career rushing TDs, tied for fourth-most in Pac-12 history.
Gaskin came into the game with 771 yards rushing this season, needing 229 yards to become the first player in Pac-12 history to rush for 1,000 yards four times. He finished the day with 135 rushing yards.
Happy and healthy
The Huskies came out of their bye week as healthy as they’ve been all season — and just in time for the Apple Cup. Notably, preseason All-American left tackle Trey Adams made his season debut in the second quarter, his first appearance for the Huskies since October 2017. Also, senior DL Shane Bowman returned from a broken foot and LB DJ Beavers was back from an undisclosed injury that had kept him out since the season opener.