Oregon State sputters when Jackson is stopped
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Washington proved Steven Jackson is mortal and Oregon State found out just how much it relies on him.
The Huskies corralled Jackson, the nation's second-leading rusher at 146.2 yards per game, holding him to just 49 yards on 22 carries to upset the No. 22 Beavers 38-17.
Charles Frederick caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned a punt for another score to help Washington snap the Beavers' four-game winning streak. He finished with nine catches for 216 yards and had a school-record 371 all-purpose yards.
Frederick scored on passing plays of 35 and 87 yards, after his 86-yard punt return gave the Huskies the early lead.
Cody Pickett completed 19 of 40 passes for 285 yards and threw for three scores for the Huskies, who stopped a two-game losing streak.
With Jackson ineffective, the Beavers offense wilted. Derek Anderson was 21-of-48 passing for 344 yards, but threw three interceptions, and felt the heat of the Husky pass rush all night. Anderson ran for a touchdown and hit George Gillett with a 29-yard scoring pass for the final margin.
The Huskies led 14-10 at halftime, but Frederick caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and Anderson threw an interception to set up another score.
"One thing that stands out and tells the tale of this game was 48 attempted passes," said Oregon State coach Mike Riley. "That is uncharacteristic of the team we want to be."
Washington (4-3, 2-1 Pac-10) slowed the Beavers by attacking Jackson. The 6-foot-3, 233-pound junior gained 19 yards on his first carry, and just 30 yards in his next 21 attempts.
"Truthfully, they just got to our O-line," Jackson said. "Their front seven had a lot of mixtures and stuff and they were successful with it."
The Beavers (5-2, 2-1), who were coming off a bye, had a seven-game home winning streak snapped. Oregon State, already the most penalized team in the Pac-10, had 15 penalties for 141 yards -- many of them negating big plays or stalling momentum.
"Every time it seemed like we got something going, it was coming back on stupid penalties," said Oregon State linebacker Richard Seigler. "We shot ourselves in the foot with costly penalties in key situations."
Jackson had his streak of 11 straight regular season 100-yard rushing games stopped, and did little to encourage the Heisman trophy talk that had begun in earnest after he ran for 227 yards Oct. 4 against California
Jackson had his lowest rushing total since becoming a starter two years ago, but said he wasn't concerned about one rough day.
"It hasn't done anything to my confidence," Jackson said. "I'm too mentally tough for that. This is not going to be a setback for me, it's going to come out and make me work even harder."
The road doesn't get any easier for the Oregon State, which faces No.6 Washington State next Saturday. The Cougars sit atop the Pac-10 in a tie with UCLA.
"When we had a meltdown before, I thought we responded well to it," said Riley about the Beavers' only other loss -- 16-14 at Fresno State earlier in the season. "Hopefully that will be the case again."
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