Oregon State coach on the Huskies: ‘This is a tough, tough football team. They bring their toughness to the field every single week. I’ve watched every game this year, I’ve watched every game last year, and that doesn’t change — that’s a constant factor with this team.”
They went to Boulder and bullied the Buffaloes. Now the No. 6 Huskies cruise into Corvallis with confidence.
Washington is 4-0 overall, and 1-0 in Pac-12 play, entering Saturday night’s game at Reser Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. for a Pac-12 Networks broadcast.
The Huskies are 26.5-point favorites against an Oregon State (1-3, 0-1) program that is reeling in its third season under coach Gary Andersen. The Beavers lost starting quarterback Jake Luton, a Marysville-Pilchuck High graduate, to a scary thoracic spine fracture earlier this month, and they have the worst defense of any Power Five Conference program, allowing 47.5 points per game.
That’s hardly a recipe for success against a UW offense that ranks, by at least one advanced statistic, as the most efficient in the country. The Huskies were particularly impressive in the second half of their 37-10 victory at Colorado last weekend, riding a dominant performance from the offensive line to post a season-high 254 yards.
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Myles Gaskin had 202 rushing yards against Colorado, his career high. His last touch was a 57-yard touchdown run behind textbook blocking from UW’s seven-man front. Gaskin went almost untouched on the run to the left, following blocks from linemen Trey Adams and Jesse Sosebee,…