Hello, Las Vegas Bowl. Or maybe its greetings, Cactus Bowl. At any rate, the Huskies can begin contemplating their holiday travel plans after Saturday’s 37-13 victory over Oregon State made them bowl eligible. Washington improved to 7-5 and 3-5 in the Pac-12.
Meanwhile, the Beavers (5-6, 2-6) must win next week’s Civil War showdown against No. 2 Oregon to become eligible for a bowl.
Here are three early impressions from the game.
1, Fast start for Huskies once again – On the first play from scrimmage, Washington’s Hau’oli Kikaha exploded around Oregon State left tackle Sean Harlow and sacked quarterback Sean Mannion for a 9-yard loss. It was the first of several big plays for the Huskies in the first quarter. Their opening drive ended with quarterback Cyler Miles connecting with receiver Jaydon Mickens for a 54-yard touchdown reception. The next time Washington got the ball, running back Dwayne Washington exploded through the middle of the defense for a 68-yard touchdown run. Washington raced ahead to a 17-0 lead and led 17-7 at halftime. UW outgained OSU 243-186 in the first half.
2. Miles pinpoint accuracy – Unlike last week when Miles lost two fumbles, he avoided turnovers and didn’t make costly mistakes against Oregon State. The sophomore quarterback took care of the ball and was efficient in the passing game. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 253 yards for two touchdowns, including a 68-yard touchdown reception to tight end Darrell Daniels in the fourth quarter. Miles connected with eight receivers.
3. Washington ran roughshod over Oregon State again – Last year, the Huskies ran for a 537 yards during a 69-27 victory in which three running backs topped 100 yards. The Huskies weren’t as dominant Saturday, but they toppled a beleaguered Beavers defense with 226 rushing yards. OSU managed just 47 yards rushing.