SEATTLE – Washington scored four first-quarter touchdowns and rolled up 383 first-half yards Saturday on the way to a 42-23 win over Oregon State at Husky Stadium.
The Beavers (2-9, 1-7) finish their 2018 season Friday with the Civil War against Oregon at Reser Stadium. Washington (8-3, 6-2) plays at Washington State next Friday, with the winner claiming the Pac-12 North division.
Saturday’s game at a glance:
Jermar Jefferson ran for 115 yards and put himself in Oregon State’s record book. Jefferson surpassed Jacquizz Rodgers as the school’s single-season rushing yardage leader for a freshman with 1,316 yards. It was Jefferson’s seventh 100-yard game of the season.
OSU quarterback Jake Luton was 18 of 32 for 190 yards and a touchdown. Luton did most of his best work during the first half, when he completed 14 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown.
Trevon Bradford had a hand in OSU’s offense as a receiver and runner. Bradford caught four passes for 62 yards, and had 35 yards rushing, including a reverse for 24 yards.
Outside linebacker Kee Whetzel had 1½ sacks for the Beavers.
Jake Browning’s final appearance at Husky Stadium was an efficient one, as the UW senior quarterback completed 17 of 23 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Browning was 14 of 16 for 183 yards and three touchdowns during the first half.
Washington senior Myles Gaskin ran 18 times for 135 yards. Gaskin kick-started his performance after running for 101 yards on his first three carries.
KEY PLAY: On fourth and two during Oregon State’s first touchdown drive, Luton rolled to his right and threw a 15-yard laser to Timmy Hernandez, who was covered by two UW defenders. OSU scored two plays later.
WORTH NOTING: Safety David Morris, Oregon State’s top returning tackler from 2017, made his season debut Saturday when he played on the kickoff coverage team. Morris recovered an onside kick during the second quarter.
IT WAS OVER WHEN: Washington recovered a fumble of sorts when a punt hit off the back of Kaleb Hayes at the Husky 6. Gaskin scored one play later to give Washington a 42-16 lead with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
INJURY REPORT: Outside linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. left early in the first quarter with a calf injury. Jesiah Irish was hit hard during a kickoff return late in the third quarter, and was helped off the field by trainers.