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October 31, 2012

The Numbers Game: Oregon State

UDUBNation.com takes a look at the key stats from the UW-Oregon State game to get an idea as to what led to the Huskies' win.

The Good

  • Washington had offensive balance even if the yardage doesn't really bear that out. The Huskies rushed for just 99 yards, but they carried it 33 times. Sometimes the quantity of carries is extremely important, just to keep a defense honest. There were 30 passing attempts, which demonstrates the Dawgs had balance. On the flipside, Oregon State had 43 passing attempts and just 23 rushing attempts.

  • Washington was +3 in the turnover margin. When you post a number like that you are almost certainly going to win.

  • Keith Price completed passes to seven different receivers. While Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins did combine to catch eight of his 18 completions, other players got involved, too.

  • Oregon State was just 5/14 on third down conversions. The defense only forced three punts, but they did do a good job of making stops when it counted, with few exceptions.

The Bad

  • While Washington's defense got off the field, the offense did, too. Oregon State punted just three times. Washington punted seven times and the Huskies were just 2/12 on third down conversions.

  • Oregon State's Brandin Cooks had nine catches for 123 yards and a score. Stopping him was a priority going into the game and he got his, even though the defense made plays when it had to.

Aside from there there wasn't much not to like. The Beavers did dominate the total yardage statistic, but that's often misleading and it really doesn't matter if you don't convert when you're in your opponents' territory.

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