Oct. 14, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) - A week after getting booed at home, Matt Moore was outstanding, throwing for 308 yards and a touchdown to lead Oregon State to a 27-17 win over Washington on Saturday.
Moore completed 14-of-19, throwing short, safe passes in the first half, then picking apart Washington's porous secondary with downfield throws in the second half.
In last week's 13-6 loss to Washington State, Moore got into a shouting match with some of the home crowd. On Saturday, Moore was lauded by the orange clad Beavers fans in attendance as he stomped and pumped his fists after Yvenson Bernard's 3-yard touchdown run with 12:32 left gave the Beavers (3-3 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) a 27-17 lead.
Washington's resurgent season took a hit with the Beavers' rally, and took a bigger blow in the fourth quarter when quarterback Isaiah Stanback was helped off the field after injuring his right ankle on a 19-yard scramble.
Television replays showed Stanback's ankle turning outward as he went to plant. He was down on the field for about five minutes before being assisted to the sideline. He was later carted to the locker room.
Stanback struggled, completing 12-of-24 passes for 162 yards, and was sacked three times. Stanback rushed for two touchdowns for the Huskies (4-3, 2-2). Both scoring runs came after Scott White's interceptions in Oregon State territory.
Moore's favorite target was Sammie Stroughter, who caught seven passes for 223 yards, the fourth-highest yardage total in school history. Stroughter's 80-yard TD reception midway through the third quarter gave the Beavers a 20-17 lead. He had catches of 24 and 40 yards on screen passes to set up both of Bernard's TD runs.
Bernard finished with 144 yards on 29 carries.
Washington's offense punted five times and turned the ball over on downs twice in the second half. Oregon State outgained the Huskies 300-77 in the final 30 minutes. Carl Bonnell replaced Stanback, but was 2-of-6 for 10 yards in the final quarter
Bernard carried the Beavers' offense early, as Oregon State's offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. Bernard had 69 yards rushing in the first quarter and 106 at halftime.
Moore was then unleashed by head coach Mike Riley to throw deep in the second half against the worst pass defense in the Pac-10. Moore and Riley had been criticized after Oregon State scored just 19 points in consecutive home losses to California and Washington State.
Alexis Serna kicked field goals of 28 and 26 yards, and is 14-for-14 in field goals at Husky Stadium the last three seasons. He tied a Pac-10 record with six field goals against Washington last year.