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NCAA Football Recap (Washington-Oregon St)
Posted: Sun October 26, 1997 at 12:37 a.m EDTRashaan Shehee ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns and became the eighth player in school history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards as Washington overcame a sluggish first half for a 45-17 Pac-10 Conference rout of Oregon State. The Huskies (6-1, 4-0 Pac-10) secured their 21st straight winning season with their 10th straight victory over Oregon State, which lost its eight straight conference game. The streak, the seventh-longest in Division I-A history, is currently second-longest to Nebraska's 36 consecutive winning seasons. Shehee carried 29 times, including a one-yard run in the second quarter for the only first-half TD for the Huskies. He snapped a 10-10 tie 5:20 into the third quarter with his ninth score of the year, a two-yard run. Shehee's four straight games with over 100 yards rushing is the third-longest streak in school history. Jason Harris added 84 yards and a touchdown for the Huskies, who finished with 264 yards on the ground. Brock Huard threw second-half TD passes to Jerome Pathon and Ja'Warren Hooker. He hit Pathon for an 18-yard scoring strike with 5:28 left in the third quarter to build the lead to 24-10. His 44-yard scoring hookup with Hooker in the fourth made it 38-10. Huard completed 17-of-25 passes for 219 yards and an interception. Pathon, his favorite target, had a career-high nine catches for 109 yards. Huard and Shehee sparked the Huskies' first drive of the second half. On 2nd-and-8, Huard hit Pathon for 28 yards to the Beaver 31. Shehee ran for a yard and Huard connected with Pathon again for eight yards to the 22. Shehee broke off runs of 13 and seven yards before going in from the 2 on the eighth play of the drive. The drive ignited Washington, which scored on its next three possessions to open a 38-10 lead. Defensive tackle Jabari Issa gave the Huskies a 45-10 advantage early in the final quarter, picking up a fumble and going 17 yards for the score. Washington held Oregon State to 210 total yards, 21 in the pivotal third quarter. The Beavers (3-4, 0-4) played Washington even in the first half, opening the scoring in the first quarter on Jose Cortez's 30-yard field goal. After Shehee's first TD run, Tim Alexander hit Mike Jacot with a 10-yard scoring toss. The scoring play came three plays after Oregon State faked a field goal, as tailback Gabe Schmidtke hit tight end Martin Maurer for a first down at the 7. "We've always got something ready," said Beavers coach Mike Riley. "It just seemed the right time to try it. Another field goal wasn't going to mean too much at that time." Nick Lentz knotted it for the Huskies with 1:20 left in the half with a 34-yard field goal. Alexander completed 8-of-22 passes for 64 yards with an interception and a touchdown. Tyler Tomich relieved and hit on 6-of-10 passes, including a six-yard TD toss to Maurer in the closing minutes. "I think we played the best team we are going to face today in the Huskies," said Mike Riley. "I told our players that's over, so let's get ready for Cal (next week)."
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