Nov. 5, 2005
Oregon State sophomore kicker Alexis Serna broke his own school record for field goals in a game today with six. He'd previously made five in a game on two occassions -- last year vs. Washington and again vs. Oregon. Serna's six field goals were just two shy of the NCAA record of seven, shared by two players.
With Alexis Serna going 6-for-6 on field goals today, Husky opponents have now connected on 16 of their 17 field-goal attempts this season. The only miss came last week at Arizona State when Jesse Ainsworth missed a 44-yarder. Prior to that, UW opponents had made their first nine field goal attempts this season. Serna, incidentally, went 5-for-5 on field goals last year against Washington, meaning he's 11-for-11 vs. the UW since 2004.
With Alexis Serna's field goal in the first quarter, Oregon State scored the game's first points. That marked only the second time all season that Washington didn't open the scoring. The only other such game was vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 24.
Oregon State was the first Pac-10 opponent to fail to score a touchdown in a game vs. Washington since the 2000 Apple Cup, when the Huskies beat Washington State, 51-3, in Pullman.
Today was the first time this season that the Huskies failed to score in the first half. Their previous low output was three points against both Air Force (3-3 at halftime) and Notre Dame (12-3 at half).
OSU's 17-play, 70-yard drive that resulted in a 28-yard Serna field goal at the end of the second quarter was the longest scoring drive of the year by a UW opponent, in terms of plays. The previous long was a 14-play, 83-yard drive by Air Force in the season opener. The Beavers' drive ate up eight minutes, seven seconds and left only six seconds on the first-half clock.
OSU tailback Yvenson Bernard's 57-yard run to the three-yard line in the third quarter was his longest run of the season and of his career.
With 122 yards today, Bernard also posted his third straight 100-yard rushing game and his fourth in five games. He rushed for 194 two weeks ago vs. California and 167 last week vs. UCLA. Four games ago, he ran for 134 yards against Arizona State.
UW tailback James Sims' 31-yard rush in the third quarter (on the drive that led to Evan Knudson's 32-yard field goal) was the longest of his career.
Husky backup quarterback Johnny Durocher set new career highs with 11 completions, 30 attempts and 103 yards. His previous highs of seven completions, 11 attempts and 69 yards were all set earlier this season vs. USC.
Today marked the Beavers' first back-to-back wins over the UW in consecutive seasons since 1973 and 1974.