Nov. 5, 2005
By Benton Strong and Erin Rodenbiker
Seattle -- In wet and windy conditions that Washington wide receiver Craig Chambers labeled as, "the worst combination to throw the ball in," quarterback Johnny Durocher got his longest stint of playing time this season.
DuRocher, a transfer from Oregon, came in at the start of the second half, but was ready to step up at the end of the second quarter had Washington gotten another possession after Oregon State's eight minute drive to close the first half. The 6-foot, 4-inch, 215-pound sophomore completed 11-of-30 passes for 103 yards and a late touchdown to Chambers.
"It was really encouraging," DuRocher said about the five-yard hookup with 2:13 left. "We could've laid over and died, but we kept fighting."
Chambers was just as excited about it too, saying that the team has no problem with DuRocher taking the snaps.
"I though he did great considering it was raining," the sophomore receiver said. "We have all the confidence in Johnny."
DuRocher started slow, missing on his first two passes and being dropped for an eight-yard sack on his first drive. DuRocher said it wasn't the rust that got to him, just a little bit of weather and the lack of execution.
"I was good from the beginning," he said. "I think the biggest thing was just trying to stay warm out there."
DuRocher wasn't the only one with that problem as the game time temperature was 46 degrees with blustery winds and hard rain.
On his second drive DuRocher completed two-of-four passes for 13 yards, culminating in a 42-yard field goal attempt by Evan Knudson.
Besides the weather, DuRocher's job was made considerably harder thanks to some of the hits he took right as he released passes.
"They pinned their ears back and came after us," he said. "That's what we expected."
On one goal line stand -- with help from fellow linebacker, Scott White -- Bomar helped keep the Beavers out of the end zone and ultimately end the evening without a touchdown, forcing the Beavers into six field goals.
Late in the third quarter Bomar continued his impressive performance when he tackled OSU running back Yvenson Bernard to cause a fumble, which was recovered by Greyson Gunheim. The fumble recovery brought out the Husky offense which hit a field goal to get on the scoreboard.
Bomar's presence did not go unnoticed from his teammates. "It was definitely tough (without Lobendahn)," said senior linebacker Evan Benjamin. "Tahj Bomar stepped up when a senior captain went down and he showed a lot of heart."
Bomar and the defense's performance did not come as a surprise to him. He said the team had their best week of practice all season. Washington became one of only three teams to hold the Beavers under 400 yards this season.
"I was ready to step up and will be ready to fill in at the starting position if needed," said Bomar. "I'm happy for the opportunity."