CORVALLIS, Oregon (Ticker) -- Oregon State got revenge and eighth-ranked Washington got knocked out of contention for the national championship.
Jonathan Smith threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns and Steven Jackson rushed for three scores as the Beavers avenged their only loss from last season with a stunning 49-24 rout of Washington in the Pac-10 Conference.
Oregon State had an excellent season in 2000, but failed to go undefeated after suffering its 13th straight loss to the Huskies. The Beavers are struggling this season, but crushed any hopes of a national title for Washington with their first victory over the Huskies in Corvallis since 1974.
Ken Simonton, who rushed for 109 yards on 29 carries, began the rout with a two-yard touchdown run less than three minutes into the game. He caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Smith with seven minutes left in the first quarter as Oregon State (4-5, 3-4, Pac-10) built a 14-3 lead.
Washington (7-2, 5-2) pulled within 14-10, but Simonton rushed for a nine-yard touchdown early in the second. Jackson added a pair of scores in the final 10:07 for a 35-10 halftime advantage and Oregon State cruised to victory.
"We expected them to be ready to play," Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said. "We thought we'd answer, and we didn't. This is a tough pill to swallow."
Smith completed 19-of-28 passes to continue a string of excellent performances against the Huskies. He has completed 63 percent (80-of-127) of his passes for 1,339 yards and thrown nine touchdowns in four career meetings with Washington.
"We were going to come in and be aggressive," Smith said. "We were going to take some shots down the field and show a couple of wrinkles and they were successful for us."
Jackson finished with 88 yards on 25 carries and Simonton's 25th career 100-yard tied him with Marcus Allen for second on the all-time conference rushing list with 4,810.
Oregon State piled up 494 yards of total offense to overcome four fumbles, three of which resulted in turnovers.
"We finally came out and played like we should, even through we turned it over a number of times," Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson said. "We dominated on defense and in the offensive running game, then we made big plays. Bottom line is, the kids believed. They could have folded their tents but this shows the character of this team and program."
Washington, perhaps looking past Oregon State to next week's matchup with Washington State, managed just 245 yards of offense and was penalized 12 times for 82 yards.
Cody Pickett completed only 13-of-32 passes for 158 yards and threw an interception for the Huskies, who were just 3-for-14 on third down.
Willie Hurst, who ran for 108 yards last week, was held to just 55 yards on 11 carries as the Huskies managed just 43 yards on the ground.
"Every week we come out and want to hold a guy to less than 50 yards rushing," Oregon State defensive end Noah Happe said. "That's a goal every week. As a defense we're pretty happy, this is a big win for this program. This is the first time our senior class has beaten Washington. That's a big deal."
Washington has come from behind in the fourth quarter five times this season, but every time it mounted a threat, the Beavers' defense came up big.
Oregon State's secondary was smothering and Dennis Weatherley returned a interception 73 yards to set up Jackson's one-yard run that made it 28-10 in the second quarter.
"The whole second quarter pretty much broke their back," Happe said. "To get a big turnover like that opened the floodgates for us."
The win marked the Beavers' biggest margin of victory over the Huskies since a 40-14 triumph in 1951.
"What this means to our postseason really isn't of concern right now," Neuheisel said. "What is of concern is why we didn't play better. The most disappointing thing is that we allowed ourselves to become individuals at times instead of playing as a team. It's too late in the season for that to be happening. I hope we can learn from it."