In a flash, it was here - vintage UW football.
The offense was moving the ball up and down the field. The defense was tackling.
And the Huskies' lead was once 21-0.
Then it all vanished. And two Oregon State touchdowns runs by quarterback Ryan Katz and Jacquizz Rodgers in a span of 3:02 have tightened things up considerably at Husky Stadium at the break.
Two of Jake Locker's three touchdown passes of the first half came in the first 4:54 of the second quarter - a 4-yarder to D'Andre Goodwin and a 45-yarder to Jermaine Kearse.
The 45-yard strike to Kearse - one that Locker delivered off his back foot but hit the Lakes High grad in stride on a post pattern - put the Huskies up 21-0 with 10:06 to go in the first half.
But a string of missed tackles on Rodgers' runs of 15, 11 and 6 yards finally set up the Beavers' first score - Katz's 5-yard scamper at the 6:11 mark.
And on the UW"s next drive, Locker was picked off by OSU's Jordan Poyer at the Huskies' 35.
Five plays later - four of them Rodgers' runs - the star running back finished it off on an against-the-grain 6-yard touchdown rumble with 3:09 remaining
After Desmond Trufant picked off a Ryan Katz pass that was tipped by Victor Aiyewa, the Huskies scored their second touchdown, going 45 yards.
On another rollout play, Locker hit Goodwin in the back of the end zone for a 14-0 UW lead on the first play of the quarter.