Turned out there was no lingering hangover from the disappointment of a week earlier for Washington.
Big plays and a quick start have the Huskies bowl eligible for a fifth-straight season.
”I was pretty confident in my teammates and myself and the game plan,” Washington defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha said. ”Everything pretty much went as planned.”
Jaydon Mickens caught a 54-yard touchdown on Washington’s first drive and added a 36-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, Dwayne Washington ran for a 68-yard touchdown and the Huskies raced to a 37-13 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.
Washington jumped to an early 17-0 lead and easily rebounded from last week’s late clock-management collapse at Arizona. Because Washington plays 13 games, it needed seven wins for bowl eligibility and the Huskies (7-5, 3-5 Pac-12) got it in the first season under coach Chris Petersen. The win also removes the stress about the postseason out of next week’s Apple Cup in Pullman against rival Washington State.
”It gives us a chance to extend the season and do those type of things is really big,” Petersen said. ”We’re not going to look too far ahead, we’ve got a really important game next week, so it’s nice to be able to go back to work with a little bit of energy we haven’t had the past few weeks.”
Dwayne Washington finished with 100 yards on 14 carries. Washington quarterback Cyler Miles was 18 of 23 for 253 yards and two TDs in one of his most efficient performances of the season. Miles found Mickens early and hit Darrell Daniels on a 68-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
Miles finished with a passer rating of 199.4, the highest of his career.
”He was very dialed in to where he was going with the ball,” Petersen said. ”He was seeing well and throwing accurately. I thought he was as comfortable as he has been all season.”
Oregon State (5-6, 2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games and was unable to build on last week’s upset of Arizona State.