OSU defense looks to contain high powered UW

Cassidy Wood, Multimedia Contributor

The Oregon State football team is now 2-7, 1-2 in conference play, after a 5-point loss to the Utah Utes last week.

The Beavers will now face No. 5 in the nation, and undefeated in the Pac-12–University of Washington.

The Huskies are coming off a bye week, after demolishing the Oregon Ducks, 70-21. This was a long awaited victory, as the Huskies have not beaten U of O in twelve years. Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning threw for a total of 304 yards, and broke the school record of 6 touchdowns; in addition to running it in for 2 more.

Washington now averages 49.5 points per game, with a Heisman contender leading them at quarterback.

“They score 50 points a game, so that’s a challenge,” said safeties coach Derrick Odum. “They have the number one quarterback in the country, so that’s a challenge. They have great receivers, who are really fast and really aggressive to the ball, so that’s a challenge.”

Browning has a total of 1,418 yards completed on the season, with 23 touchdowns; putting him at a 72% completion rate.

“We have to find a way to get pressure on (Browning),” said defensive coordinator Kevin Clune. “We have to find a way to disrupt routes, and disrupt their throw game.”

The Huskies are known to have a pretty balanced offense, averaging 236 yards per game through the air and 229 on the ground, and they have multiple playmakers.

Junior wide receiver Dante Pettis caught eight passes last week against Oregon, for a total of 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Junior receiver, John Ross, generated 94 yards over 9 catches and 3 touchdowns in the same game.

“When we look at them, they are very explosive,” said cornerback coach Cory Hall. “At any given time, they can stretch you vertical, and they can break you off. So again, it just comes back to techniques and fundamentals. I am just coaching my boys to go out there, play loose, and believe in what they’re doing. Believe in the technique. Believe in the scheme, and they’ll be fine.”

In addition to receivers that execute, the Huskies have some dominant backs. Sophomore running back Myles Gaskin averages 6.1 yards, and has 5 touchdowns and 599 yards rushing. Junior running back Lavon Coleman is currently averaging 9 yards per carry, and has a total of 2 touchdowns.

“As DBs, we’re not worried,” said senior safety Devin Chappell. “We know they’re fast, we know they’re talented. But Cal was fast, Cal was talented, and we stepped up to that challenge. So this is just another challenge for us, and we’re really excited.”

“The DBs have done a great job in the secondary,” said Clune. “I would like to see a little bit more pressure, though. Things have been good, but at the same time, every week is a new test – we just have to find a way to pass it.”

Oregon State still struggles to put together a full 60-minute ball game. In their last game against Utah, they were down 12-0 at the half; but were able to come back and hold them from scoring until 3:18 was left in the fourth quarter. The inconsistency needs to improve if they want to see some victory this weekend in Seattle.

“The biggest thing, is being consistent,” said Hall. “It’s about the mindset, and it’s about being physically tough; for the full game.”

“We just need to be ready for an entire 60-minute ball game,” said Clune. “We have a great challenge ahead of us, but we’re excited about that.”

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