Rodgers duo leads Oregon State past Washington
SEATTLE (AP)—With the focus on freshman sensation Jacquizz Rodgers, older brother James zipped through Washington’s defense for 216 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Oregon State’s 34-13 victory on Saturday.
Jacquizz Rodgers did his part too, adding 94 yards on 20 carries and a 1-yard touchdown early in the second half as Oregon State (4-3, 3-1 Pac-10) won its fifth straight over Washington for the first time in the series’ history.
James Rodgers finished with 110 yards rushing on three carries and scored on runs of 55 and 52 yards. He also caught three passes for 53 yards and one score, and had another 53 yards on kick returns.
Oregon State quarterback Lyle Moevao had the most efficient passing day of his career, completing 18 of 22 passes for 191 yards. He had just one incompletion in the first half.
While the Beavers extended their recent string of dominance, the Huskies (0-6, 0-4) dropped their eighth straight dating back to last season, tied with North Texas for the longest losing streak in the country. The biggest cheers of the night was for former coach Don James and the 1977 Washington team that won the Rose Bowl that was honored on the field.
Otherwise, Washington fans were mostly left to sit on their hands thanks to a pair of first-half turnovers that Oregon State turned into 10 points as well as two missed field goals from a shaky special teams unit.
Ronnie Fouch, filling in for injured starting quarterback Jake Locker, moved the Huskies offense well between the 20s, but the Huskies couldn’t find the end zone until it was already 31-6. Fouch was 17 of 32 for 276 yards, but was responsible for three interceptions and a fumble. Freshman Terrance Dailey, one of 12 true freshman used this season by Washington, had 102 yards rushing and a 59-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter. He was the first 100-yard rusher for the Huskies this season.
Washington actually took a rare lead on Jared Ballman’s 45-yard field goal early in the first quarter. It was only Washington’s second lead since the third quarter against BYU on Sept. 6.
It didn’t last long.
Still in the opening minutes, Oregon State coach Mike Riley took a chance going for it on fourth-and-1 at his own 43, and converted with Jacquizz Rodgers going for five yards. On the next play, the Beavers faked a dive to Jacquizz and handed instead to James Rodgers on a reverse, then watched him dash in front of the Beavers’ bench for a 52-yard touchdown.
Later in the half, after Fouch was sacked and fumbled near midfield, James Rodgers struck again. Rodgers found space in the middle of Washington interior on a middle screen, then sprinted away from three Huskies for a 33-yard scoring pass.
Rodgers had 108 of Oregon State’s 194 total yards in the first half. Jacquizz Rodgers scored from the 1 on the opening possession of the second half and James Rodgers sprinted 55 yards for his second score early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.