Washington football heads to Corvallis this Friday to face off with the Oregon State Beavers
Washington football has gotten off to a great start in each of their last two games, but they’ve had trouble finishing, and will need to keep their foot on the gas this Friday to secure a win over the Beavers. The Huskies are now 5-4 overall, 2-4 in Pac-12 play and are sitting in fourth in the North.
This might be the best road environment for the Huskies to try and rebound, as the Beavers are 1-3 at home this season. They also haven’t beaten the Huskies since 2011.
The Beaver offense is led by sixth-year senior quarterback Jake Luton out of Snohomish County’s Marysville Pilchuck High School. Luton is hoping for the first time at Oregon State to beat Washington. Last year against the Huskies he went 18/32 for190 yards with one touchdown in the Beavers’ 42-23 loss to the Huskies on senior day at Husky Stadium.
Running back Jermar Jefferson, one of the biggest pieces of the Oregon State offense, who ran for 115 yards against the Huskies last year, is expected to miss this year’s game because of an ankle injury. Senior Aratavis Pierce will probably get the bulk of the carries this year. Last week against Arizona, he had 15 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown.
Oregon State’s most experienced wide receivers are senior Trevon Bradford and junior Isaiah Hodgins. Last week against Arizona, Hodgins had seven catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The Huskies have still been pretty strong in the secondary this season, so expect a lot of man coverage from defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake.
On the defensive side of the ball, Washington’s offense has to watch out for outside linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. who’s one of the favorites for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He leads the nation in tackles for loss with 17.5, and he’s second in the nation with 12 sacks.
The Huskies will need to finish the game strong to close out the Beavers, they have the talent to get up early, but they need to find ways to keep their foot on the gas pedal, and keep up the pressure on both sides of the ball for the entire game.