3:30 PM ET, October 16, 2004
SEATTLE (AP) -- The last time most of the country saw Alexis Serna, he had just missed three extra points in a one-point overtime loss to LSU.
Against Washington, all Oregon State needed was Serna's right leg to break a 19-year curse and defeat the Huskies 29-14.
Serna outscored Washington by himself, kicking five field goals as the Beavers won at Husky Stadium Saturday for the first time since 1985.
The win is only the third victory for the Beavers (2-4, 1-2 Pac-10) against Washington since 1975.
The redshirt freshman kicker has been perfect on field goals (7-for-7) this season. He made kicks of 23, 27, 31, 36 and 55 yards on Saturday.
"It's more of a confidence in me ... knowing I can just go out there and do it," said Serna, who set a school record with the five field goals. "If you show confidence in yourself, the coaches are going to have confidence in you."
Washington (1-5, 0-3 Pac-10) did its part to give the game to the Beavers, turning the ball over seven times.
Twice, fullback James Sims fumbled inside the Beavers' 5-yard line. Quarterback Isaiah Stanback fumbled twice in the fourth quarter deep in his own territory, leading to six Oregon State points.
"The two turnovers on the 1-yard line just killed our momentum," Washington coach Keith Gilbertson said. "Those fumbles on the goal line came after some really good drives. The game really hinged on those fumbles."
Saturday also served as a day of redemption for Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson. In his last trip to Seattle two years ago, Anderson struggled through a 15 for 40 performance, including five interceptions.
In his last two games against Washington, Anderson had thrown eight interceptions.
This time, Anderson was efficient, completing 26-of-40 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown. He did not throw an interception.
"I had a pretty poor game here last time I'd say," Anderson joked. "We haven't won a lot of places in a long time. It's nice to get a win on the road."
Oregon State had been close in the past to winning in Seattle. The Beavers lost 31-29 in 2002, 33-30 in 2000 and 35-34 in 1998.
Washington looked to keep the streak going, taking a 14-9 lead in the third quarter after Stanback found tight end Joe Toledo on a 24-yard TD pass.
From there, the Beavers seized control.
Dwight Wright raced untouched for a 55-yard touchdown, giving Oregon State a 16-14 lead. Anderson followed with a 73-yard drive, finding wide receiver Marcel Love on a 16-yard TD to put the Beavers up 23-14.
The Beavers were ranked 116th in the NCAA in rushing entering the game at 67.6 yards per game. Wright finished with 99 yards and the Beavers ran for 101, after being held to zero yards in the first half.
"We absolutely did challenge our team," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said.
Oregon State had an apparent touchdown taken away after Mitch Meeuwsen intercepted Stanback and returned the ball 24 yards for a touchdown with 5:15 left in the third. The score was negated by a pass interference penalty.
Given another chance, Washington drove deep into Oregon State territory and Michael Braunstein kicked a 25-yard field goal. But Oregon State was offsides, giving Washington a first down at the 4. On the next play Sims fumbled and Oregon State's Joe Rudulph recovered.
"You keep shooting yourself in the foot, pretty soon you don't have any toes left to shoot off anymore," Toledo said.
Casey Paus started at quarterback for the Huskies, but lasted just two series. Paus was 1-for-5 for 2 yards and two interceptions in the first quarter.
Stanback took over and led the Huskies to their only touchdown of the first half, a 23-yard TD pass to Quintin Daniels early in the second quarter.
The injury-plagued Huskies lost sophomore defensive tackle Dan Milsten in the first quarter to a broken left fibula and dislocated ankle. Milsten was taken off the field in an ambulance after making a tackle on Oregon State's Ryan Cole with 6:25 left in the quarter.
In the last week, starting offensive tackle Khalif Barnes broke his right wrist in practice and defensive lineman Donny Mateaki was ruled out for the season with a foot tendon injury.
"I feel sick for our kids. They're great kids to coach," Gilbertson said. "It's the downside of the game for players and coaches."