Washington ends troubled few weeks with upset
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- After a turbulent few weeks for Washington, Charles Frederick did his best to make this one fun.
Frederick caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned a punt for another score as the Huskies upset No. 22 Oregon State 38-17 Saturday night, snapping the Beavers' four-game winning streak.
The victory stopped Washington's two-game losing streak, including a disheartening 28-17 upset loss to Nevada, and capped a week that saw controversy over a former Huskies doctor.
"Every week from here on out we're going to have to play our hearts out -- but most important have fun while we're at it," Frederick said.
He finished with nine catches for 216 yards. And his 371 all purpose yards set a new school record, surpassing Hugh McElhenney's 362 yards against Washington State in 1949.
Frederick scored on passing plays of 35 and 87 yards, after earlier returning a punt 86 yards for a touchdown.
Cody Pickett completed 19 of 40 passes for 285 yards and three scores for the Huskies (4-3, 2-1, Pacific-10).
Oregon State tailback Steven Jackson, who went into the game ranked second in the nation with an average of 146.2 yards a game, was held to 49 yards on 22 carries.
The Beavers (5-2, 2-1), who were coming off a bye, were hurt by 15 penalties for 141 yards. Quarterback Derek Anderson was 21-of-48 for 344 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted three times.
"We made the other guy turn the ball over, which I've been preaching for a while," Washington coach Keith Gilbertson said. "If the other guy turns the ball over more that you, you have a chance."
It's been a tough few weeks for Washington.
The Huskies lost 46-16 to UCLA, then Pickett was booed at home in Seattle during the loss to Nevada.
This past week, Washington's athletic department took a hit when it was revealed that a doctor, Dr. William Scheyer, had been suspended from practicing medicine for improperly prescribing drugs.
And that's not to mention Washington's troubles of the past year -- including the dismissal of football coach Rick Neuheisel in July over a gambling scandal and the basketball program's NCAA probation for illegal recruiting practices.
"It's just a wonderful win for these kids. You'd have to be a player or a coach to know how low last week was," Gilbertson said. "We were about as lost as we could get, and we rallied together and practiced hard."
Saturday night, it was all Huskies pretty much from the start.
Frederick caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Pickett in the third quarter to make it 21-10. On the next series, Marquis Cooper intercepted Anderson and the Huskies went on to score on Pickett's 1-yard pass to Ben Bandel.
Evan Knudsen added a 43-yard field goal before Frederick's 87-yard TD reception made it 38-10 in the fourth quarter.
Anderson hit George Gillett with a 29-yard scoring pass for the final margin.
The Huskies jumped out to an early lead with Frederick's 86-yard punt return. Frederick easily ran past seven Beavers to make it 7-0 at 8:32 of the first quarter.
Washington extended its lead on tailback Kenny James' 2-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. It was James' first rushing touchdown of the season.
The Beavers narrowed it to 14-7 on Anderson's 5-yard keeper.
On Washington's next series, Richard Seigler intercepted Pickett and ran back 30 yards. But the Beavers weren't able to capitalize, and settled on Kirk Ylinemi's 39-yard field goal.
The Huskies were hit late in the first half when senior tailback Rich Alexis, who has four touchdowns in his previous four games, was carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury after a hit by Seigler.
Washington officials said he had a deep bruise. He had rushed for 26 yards before he was injured. His 2,371 career yards rank him sixth on Washington's all-time list.
His status for next week's game against Southern California was not certain.
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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