If Washington is going to pull off the upset against 14th-ranked Arizona State later on tonight, it’ll have to do so without its starting quarterback.
Citing school sources, the Seattle Times reported overnight that Cyler Miles will not play in Saturday night’s game against the Sun Devils. ESPN‘s College GameDay show subsequently reported something similar.
Miles, 41st nationally and eighth among Pac-12 quarterbacks in passing efficiency, was knocked out of the Week 8 loss to Oregon with a concussion.
With Miles likely out, Troy Williams appears set to make his first start at the collegiate level. The redshirt freshman took reps with the first-team offense throughout practice this week in preparation for the start. Williams had been behind sophomore Jeff Lindquist in the quarterback pecking order until recently.
Lindquist had started the season opener after Miles was suspended for the game against Hawaii.
Not only will Miles likely be sidelined, but the Huskies’ top two running backs could join him. Both Dwayne Washington and Lavon Coleman are questionable, the Times reported, for the Sun Devils after suffering injuries against the Ducks. The latter leads UW in rushing with 438 yards, while the former is second with 239.
Should either or both of those two not play, it’d mean more playing time for Deontae Cooper linebacker Shaq Thompson.
Bishop Sankey rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns to lead Washington to a 69-27 shellacking of Oregon State in Corvallis on Saturday night.
It was the Huskies’ biggest margin of victory over the Beavers since winning 58-6 in 1991. UW is now 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-12 while OSU is 6-5 and 4-4.
Washington has been nothing if not consistent this year. The Huskies have lost to all four ranked teams they’ve played and beaten all the unranked teams they’ve played. OSU was unranked, so a win was seemingly in the cards. But the tremendous offensive explosion on this occasion was, perhaps, a bit unexpected.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles made his first start for the Huskies and performed admirably, passing for 162 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 26. But the UW ground game should get most of the credit as it gained 530 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Besides Sankey, the Huskies got 100 yards from Deontae Cooper (166) and Dwayne Washington (141).
This game was never in doubt as Washington jumped out to a 48-0 lead. Oregon State didn’t get its first score until early in the fourth quarter when Sean Mannion found Brandin Cooks on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Cooks was the only bright spot for the Beavers, catching 10 passes for 117 yards as he continued his march to the Biletnikoff Award.
A once-promising season has fallen apart for OSU, which has now lost four in a row after starting out 6-1. With the annual Civil War still to come, the Beavers will need a huge effort to avoid finishing 6-6.
As for Washington, it’s trying to avoid its fourth-straight 7-6 record (again, UW is nothing if not consistent). To do so, it will have to escape an upset at the hands of Washington State during next week’s Apple Cup and then win its bowl game. Otherwise, head coach Steve Sarkisian could find himself on the hot seat come late December.
As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.
A righteous salute
Daniel Rodriguez earned a Purple Heart and was awarded the Bronze Star for his military service in Afghanistan several years ago. Rodriguez moved on to become a wide receiver at Clemson, walking on to the Tigers football team after serving two tours of duty. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his heartwarming story, you should be. For those who are, there’s another chapter to add to it. In the Tigers’ home finale Saturday, Rodriguez caught the first touchdown of his career, a two-yarder from backup Cole Stoudt less than a minute into the fourth quarter. The best part? The touchdown came on a Senior Day that also doubled as Military Appreciation Day. A bona-fide war hero scores a touchdown on a day that honors the military? It doesn’t get much better than that. And, dammit, it got dusty in here when that highlight came across my television screen. God bless Rodriguez for his service. And God bless Dabo Swinney for not only giving Rodriguez the opportunity to write this story, but for allowing him to add this on-field chapter to it.
OSU wins, as does OSU
Thanks to a team with the same acronym, Ohio State can stuff the phrase “style points” back in the closet for at least another year. With Oklahoma State’s win over Baylor, the Buckeyes are now the clear-cut No. 3 team in the country, perched just outside of the Top Two and awaiting a stumble — either on the field or off — by Alabama or Florida State to clear a spot in the BCS title game — provided they remain perfect, of course. The Bears had been poised to leapfrog the Buckeyes in the BCS rankings with a win over the No. 10 Cowboys, standing just .0013 percentage points behind OSU entering Week 13. Now, not only has BU lost out on what most certainly would’ve been a No. 3 slotting in this week’s BCS rankings, but they’ve given up control of the conference as well. That honor, of course, now falls to the “other” OSU. If the Cowboys can upend Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam matchup Dec. 7, they would claim the Big 12’s automatic BCS bid. If the Cowboys loses, the winner of the Texas-Baylor game the same weekend — if the Longhorns handle Texas Tech on Thanksgiving and the Bears do the same with TCU two days later — would claim the conference title and the BCS berth. And if there were a three-way tie? Oklahoma State, on the strength of head-to-head wins over Baylor and Texas, would win the tiebreaker and the conference title.