Despite all that went before, the fact is Washington's chance at victory went down to its final possession. And with last night's deadlines not allowing me to get much about that into the paper today, here's a little more information:
UW took over at its own 38 after a controversial fumble by OSU's Yvenson Bernard was returned out of the end zone by UW cornerback Roy Lewis. (He looked down to me, and Beavers' fans were an unhappy mix of fury and disbelief.)
The Huskies got into Beavers territory on a 25-yard pass from Bonnell to Louis Rankin.
However, the drive ended on downs four plays later: a 3-yard run, a 5-yard completion, and then two incompletions... a sequence that offensive coordinator Tim Lappano regrets.
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"Well, coulda, woulda, shoulda," Lappano said. "I wish I would have run it now on third and 2. ... I was just trying to get a quick (completion) and get a first down. On the last play, they gambled and they won."
Lappano and quarterback Carl Bonnell said the Huskies had earlier success on the final call to Russo, but it fell incomplete that time when OSU changed its defense.
"We called a very basic play – a play that works 99 percent of the time," Bonnell said. "Their defense switched up their coverage a little bit. It was just a basic out route to Russo. The corner ... had been running with the outside man all game long, and he came inside. Russo held up, and I threw it in front of him."