Peyton Henry made a 22-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining to cap a 92-yard scoring drive, and Washington beat No. 24 Oregon State 24-21 on Friday night to preserve their hopes in the race for the Pac-12 championship game.
The Huskies took over at their own 3 with 4:33 remaining. Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. led a march downfield against the stingy Beavers defense. Penix was 9 of 13 for 66 yards on the drive. His RBI pass to Giles Jackson for 12 yards got the Huskies to the Oregon State 2. After a couple of missed passes, the Huskies set up the short field goal and Henry delivered the game-winning kick.
“We knew if we gave the ball back to them, we probably wouldn’t have gotten it back,” Penix said. “We wanted to make sure we build on that momentum and make sure we get there and get some points on the board. And it was great that we took up that whole clock.”
Washington (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) won its third straight game and kept alive its slim hopes of finding a place in Las Vegas in the conference title game. Penix, the nation’s leading passer, was 30 of 52 for 298 yards and a 24-yard touchdown pass on third and goal to Jack Westover in the third quarter.
Wayne Taulapapa rushed for two touchdowns for Washington, the second coming early in the fourth quarter to tie the score 21-21. Rome Odunze had seven receptions for 102 yards.
The game was not without some typical late-night Pac-12 craziness. Turbulent winds affected the kicking and passing game throughout the night with play halted for 25 minutes early in the fourth quarter after a partial power outage knocked down some of the stadium lights illuminating the field.
“That was the biggest thing that I was probably trying to address with the guys: how hard they had fought to make it 21-21,” Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said. “And we had just gained momentum and just to remind them how it felt.”
Deshaun Fenwick rushed for two touchdowns and linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown for Oregon State, which was playing its first game ranked in The Globe Live Media Top 25 since the 2013 season opener.
The Beavers (6-3, 3-3) will lament two missed opportunities in the first half by going for them on fourth down deep in the Washington field and failing to convert. Windy and stormy conditions made kicking an all-night adventure, but failing to score points on those courses came back to bite the state of Oregon.
The Beavers were stopped on 4-2 at Washington 7 and 4-3 at Washington 15 on back-to-back possessions with a chance to extend their early lead.
Damien Martinez had 107 rushing yards for Oregon State.
TURN OFF THE LIGHTS
Taulapapa scored on a 4-yard touchdown with 11:36 remaining. But as the Huskies celebrated, a bank of stadium lights on the north side of the stadium went out. Washington kicked the extra point to tie it 21-21, but after the kick, the lights on the South Side also went out.
After officials met with stadium staff, it was announced that there would be a delay before the lights were turned back on. The lights were turned back on after about 20 minutes, and play resumed after a 25-minute break.
DeBoer said he had a similar situation during a game at Fresno State in 2018.
“I sat on the heater. It was cold,” Penix said.
Unsettled weather and a late fourth quarter brought back memories of 2019 when Washington and California played a night game that was delayed by thunderstorms in the Seattle area. That game was delayed by more than two and a half hours, ending at 1:22 a.m. local time.
THE TO GO
Oregon State: The Beavers’ return to the rankings will be brief. The state of Oregon hasn’t ranked for more than a week since 2012, when it peaked at No. 7 before losing to Washington.
Washington: The Huskies still need help getting to the conference title game and they have to win at Oregon next week if they want to stand a chance.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Oregon State: The Beavers host California next Saturday.
Washington: The Huskies are at No. 8 Oregon next Saturday.
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