Washington Takes Down No. 7 Oregon State in Pac-12 Upset

Darin PikeContributor IOctober 28, 2012

The Washington Huskies have been a difficult team to figure out in 2012, and their 20-17 upset win over the Oregon State Beavers is just their latest step in their inconsistent season.

The Huskies upset Stanford earlier in the year, fumbled away a shot at beating USC, and then was blown out by Arizona.

There is little about this team that should surprise fans at this point.

The Huskies needed a win to keep their bowl aspirations alive and picked one up at the expense of Oregon State's national-title hopes. The Beavers could still earn a trip to the Rose Bowl should they run through their remaining schedule unscathed—which, of course, is highlighted by the Civil War showdown with Oregon.

Washington took a 20-17 lead late in the game on a 30-yard field goal by Travis Coons, and the Beavers got the ball back with 1:20 remaining to make a final run.

They drove into Washington territory but could not convert a 4th-and-long, turning the ball over on downs.

The Beavers out-gained the Huskies 427 yards to 293, but the Beavers committed too many mistakes and were playing catchup for most of the game.

Washington jumped out to a 10-0 lead off the first of two Bishop Sankey one-yard touchdown runs, while Oregon State continued to fight back and tied the game at 17 with five minutes remaining.

But the big story were four Sean Mannion interceptions. They halted scoring drives and set up the Washington touchdown leading to a 17-10 Huskies lead.

The Beavers (6-1, 4-1) will fall from their Top 10 ranking with the loss, attempting to rebound against Arizona State in their next contest.

Washington (4-4, 2-3) visits Cal next week and will be looking for another much-needed win in their quest for bowl eligibility.

This game, along with the Arizona upset of USC, could have an impact on the conference's ability to secure two BCS bowl games. The Ducks were in line to secure a trip to the BCS National Championship Game, leaving a bid to the Rose Bowl open. There were several teams in line to make a case for that spot, but Saturday's losses will hinder the chances of USC and Oregon State.

It will also make it harder for Oregon to secure a trip to the title game, as these two schools will be falling out of the Top 10, thereby harming the Ducks' strength of schedule.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.