SEATTLE — The momentum of Oregon State's upset victory last week disappeared quickly against Washington.
The Beavers allowed touchdowns of 54 and 68 yards in the first 11 minutes of the game and found themselves trailing 17-0 early in the second quarter and never recovered in a 37-13 loss to Washington on Saturday night.
Jaydon Mickens caught a 54-yard touchdown on Washington's first drive and added a 36-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and the Huskies became bowl eligible with their seventh victory.
After upsetting Arizona State a week ago, Oregon State (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12) needed one victory in its final two games to become bowl eligible. Now, the Beavers need an upset victory over No. 3 Oregon next week to reach bowl eligibility. The Beavers lost for the fifth time in six games.
"It started off badly for us," coach Mike Riley said. "We gave up big plays defensively, a couple big plays in the first half."
Mickens beat man coverage to haul in the long TD toss from Cyler Miles on Washington's opening possession to give the Huskies (7-5, 3-5) the early lead. A blown defense by Oregon State allowed Dwayne Washington to romp for his longest run since last season against Oregon State and the Beavers were quickly facing a 14-0 deficit.
"We shot ourselves in the foot and credit to Washington that they capitalized on that and made those big plays," safety Ryan Murphy said.
The Beavers were without leading rusher Terron Ward, who suffered a knee injury last week against Arizona State and finished with 47 yards rushing as a team, the fourth time this season being held under 60 yards. Sean Mannion was 30 of 46 for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jordan Villamin, but was sacked four times.
"I don't think it was the kind of thing where we were going to score every drive," Mannion said. "We knew that coming into it. It was going to be a game where we were going to have to keep battling."
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," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "He was seeing well and throwing accurately. I thought he was as comfortable as he has been all season."
Down 17-0 and backed up to his own 5-yard line, Mannion hooked up with Victor Boldin for a 72-yard gain on third-and-25 to get the Beavers offense moving. Four plays later, Mannion hit Villamin for a 9-yard score to put Oregon State on the board before halftime.
The momentum appeared to be turning the Beavers' way with a three-and-out by Washington to open the second half. Rahmel Dockery's 46-yard catch from Mannion quickly moved Oregon State back into Washington territory with a chance to pull within one score, but Mannion was intercepted by Travis Feeney on the very next play.
"I was really excited about the opportunity we had at that time and it was a big play by them, bad play by us." Riley said. "We really had a great opportunity to get right back in the game."
A pair of field goals by Cameron Van Winkle pushed the game back out of reach for Oregon State.
"Honestly, I thought (Feeney) made a hell of a play personally," Mannion said. "...But ultimately I'm the one responsible for the ball and it's something that was a big play for them in the game."
The Beavers got a break late in the third when Dwayne Washington fumbled at the Huskies 29. Oregon State needed four plays and Mannion found Villamin for his second TD. The 2-point conversion failed and Washington's lead was down to 23-13.
But the Huskies answered with a six-play, 62-yard drive capped by Mickens taking a fly sweep 36 yards for his first touchdown rushing of the season. Mickens appeared to step out around the 15 but the call stood on replay.
"I think that game is a lot closer than the final score indicated too," Mannion said. "I think that a couple times when we were in plus territory we were a play away from extending a drive. I think that game, at least it feels to me, much closer than the final score indicated. Our guys fought hard. We battled to the very end and you've got to be proud of that."
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