Dawgs "Miles" ahead of "out-MANN-ion-ED" Beavers

Corvallis. Posting their first win on the road in the Pac-12 since last year, the Washington Huskies thrashed the Oregon State Beavers 69-27 on a cold November night at Reser Stadium.

After losing to UCLA in Pasadena last week, coach Steve Sarkisian was quoted as saying, “Without a doubt, we will go play good football the last two games. I do know that this team will get off the mat. It’s already started. We had good leadership in the locker room after the game. And we’ll bounce back and we’ll fight next week like crazy in Corvallis."

The coach was certainly prophetic. Whatever hot seat the media thought he was sitting on has cooled considerably -- in my mind, anyway.

The Dawgs amassed 530 rushing yards, their second-best single-game performance in school history. Bishop Sankey contributed 179 yards, the IE's (Perris) Deontae Cooper 166 yards and Dwayne Washington 141 yards. Sankey scored three touchdowns and Cooper and Washington had two each. Quarterback Cyler Miles connected with Kevin Smith on a beautifully thrown, 28-yard touchdown pass in the end zone, television replay showing his bum landing in bounds as he fell backwards. It was UW's only TD pass.

Dwayne Washington scored on a 71-yard run, and Cooper had a 70-yard run falling one-yard short of the goal line; he scored on the next play.

At quarterback, Jeff Lindquist replaced Miles at the 13:45 mark in the fourth quarter. The Huskies didn't throw a pass in that quarter, leading 48-0 at its start. Many of the 43,799 fans had left the stadium by then, except for a woman, fast asleep, who was wrapped in a warm looking sleeping bag in the end zone, hopefully the previous carnage on the field not replaying in her dreams.

On defense, Washington's stifling man-to-man coverage held QB Sean Mannion to a pass-efficiency rating of 89.11, which was well below his average. However, the Beavers still rank number one in the conference in pass offense. UW LB Shaq Thompson scored on a pick six that went for 80 yards, and Mannion was sacked three times.

Going into the game, tough losses on the road at UCLA and Stanford had sewn dragon's teeth, and the Dawgs took a big bite out of the Beavers, inflicting maximum pain.

Reference Greg Bell's story at gohuskies.com.

Next week, the Huskies (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) will play WSU in the Apple Cup, which in my opinion is up for grabs.

In light of Table 1 below, Arizona's 44-16 victory over number 5 Oregon was somewhat predictable, if you throw in home field advantage, turnovers, penalties, and running back Ka'Deem Carey, these factors along with the 'Cats being second in the conference in offensive-line efficiency going into the game.

Our story's title puns the names of QB's Cyrus Miles and Sean Mannion.

The QB efficiency ratings on the game follow:

QB School PA C YDS I TD Eff. Rate
Cyler Miles UW 24 15 162 0 1 132.95
Sean Mannion OSU 41 20 229 3 1 89.11
Cody Vaz OSU 8 6 79 0 1 199.2

UW dominated the offensive line of scrimmage, 573.95 to 347.09, i.e.,

OLE = PEO + YPC * X - OLPY

Where PEO = pass-efficiency offense; YPC = yards per carry; x = normalizing number; OLPY = offensive line penalty yards

UW Oline efficiency = 132.95 + 9.1*50 -14 = 573.95

OSU Oline efficiency = 107.09 + 4.8 *50 -0 = 347.09

Table 1. Pac-12 OL efficiency ratings, as of Friday 22 November 2013; note Arizona's ranking going  into the Oregon game

Team   PE YPC P Yds   OLE   Record
Oregon   172 6.5 71.90   473.27   9-1
Arizona   121.2 5.4 42.00   377.34   6-4
Stanford   139.7 4.9 42.30   370.74   8-2
Washington   154.2 4.7 79.30   363.03   6-4
UCLA   155.4 4.5 79.00   354.33   8-2
USC   140.9 4.6 59.50   351.27   8-3
Arizona State   141.2 4.4 30.20   351.23   8-2
Utah   122.1 4.2 48.40   316.13   4-6
California   119.3 3.5 69.30   271.43   1-10
Oregon State   152.3 2.7 54.20   269.41   6-4
Colorado   131.9 3.5 41.30   265.60   4-6
Washington State   121.7 3.1 46.30   261.42   5-5

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Total

Washington

17 10 21 21 69

UCLA

0 0 0 27 27

 

Categories

UW

OSU

1. Ball Control                                                                                 

Time of Poss.

33:07 26:53

3rd-down conversions

10 of 17 5 of 14

4th-down conversions

1 of 1 0 of 0

First downs

27 23

Total offensive plays

82 71

2. Blocking and Tackling

Rushing Offense

530 106

Passing Offense

162 308

Pass Eff Offense

132.95 107.09
OL Efficiency 573.95 347.09

Total Offense

692 414

Sacks By

3-12 0-0

3. Mistakes

Penalties

4-43 2-10

Turnovers

0 4

4. Field Position

Kickoff Returns

2-71-0 12-305-1

Punt Returns

1-11-0 0-0-0

Punting average per punt

34.5 37.7

Average Yards Per Kickoff

59.4 63.6

Net Yards Per Kickoff

34.0 36.1

Kickoff touchbacks

0 0

5. Scoreboard, Baby

Field Goals

1 0

Redzone Offense

6-6 1-1

Points For

69 27

 

 

Richard Linde can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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