Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Jermaine Kearse caught the game-winning score in the second overtime that saw Oregon State fall a point short on a failed two-point conversion as Washington took down 24th-ranked Oregon State, 35-34, in a Pac-10 dogfight at Husky Stadium.
In the second overtime on 2nd-and-17, Jake Locker lofted a soft pass down the left side and Kearse caught it in the end zone on a 21-yard score for a 35-28 lead.
Oregon State soon faced a 4th-and-goal at the 3 and Ryan Katz’s pass fell incomplete, but Washington was called for pass interference to give the Beavers a fresh set of downs.
The next play saw Jacquizz Rodgers punch the ball into the end zone and Oregon State called timeout. The team came out of the timeout and lined up for a two- point conversion in an attempt to win the game, but Katz’s pass fell incomplete and Washington grabbed the victory.
Locker went 21-for-35 with 286 yards, five touchdowns and one interception while Kearse finished with nine catches for 146 yards and four scores for the Huskies (3-3, 2-1 Pac-10), who bounced back from last week’s 24-14 loss to Arizona State. Chris Polk had 25 carries for 105 yards in the win.
Rodgers had 140 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries and added four catches for 49 yards and a score for the Beavers (3-3, 2-1), who were coming off wins against Arizona State and Arizona. Katz went 17-for-31 with 206 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the loss.
The Huskies scored the first 21 points of the game to race out to the lead.
The first points of the game came on a 16-yard catch by Kearse from Locker that capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive for a 7-0 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to play in the first.
On the first play of the second quarter, Locker tossed a four-yard score to D’Andre Goodwin to finish a six-play drive that covered 41 yards for a 14-0 advantage.
After forcing another Oregon State punt, Locker took his team 91 yards in just six plays and made it a 21-0 game on a 45-yard pass to Kearse with just over 10 minutes left till halftime.
The Beavers, though, answered with 21 straight points of their own to even the contest.
Following Kearse’s second score of the game, Oregon State went on a nine-play, 62-yard drive that saw the team reach the end zone on a five-yard run from Katz with just over six minutes to play until the half.
Jordan Poyer picked off a Locker pass on Washington’s next touch. Five plays later, Rodgers took the ball in from six yards out to make it a 21-14 game going into the break.
The Beavers opened up the second half with the ball and used the drive to tie the game as the seven-play, 76-yard march was finished with a four-yard scamper into the end zone by Rodgers to make it a 21-21 game.
The score remained that way and forced overtime with Katz tossing a 10-yard score to Rodgers at the right side and Locker countering with a 17-yard throw over the middle to Kearse.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak to the Beavers for the Huskies. Washington leads the series, 58-33-4…Oregon State has next week off and will next play on October 30 when it hosts California…Washington plays at Arizona next Saturday…Rodgers has scored 12 touchdowns this season, 10 on the ground and two through the air.