The Washington Top 10: Week 9

SEATTLE -- Washington had its toughness tested Saturday against Oregon State. The Huskies had their resiliency questioned.

They answered the challenges.

The program put together a 20-17 victory over the Beavers. The Huskies knocked off a top 10 opponent for the second time this season. They put their season back on track.

Washington’s defense set the tone, shutting out Oregon State in the first half -- it was the first time the Beavers had been shut out over the first two quarters all season. The Huskies picked off four passes and broke up nine more, playing with an edge that proved to be just enough.

While Washington works to build on last week’s win, here is a look at who played well against Oregon State:

1. S Sean Parker: It was Parker who helped the defense establish its physical presence in the first half. He picked off a pass in the second quarter. He also delivered a hit on Markus Wheaton that knocked the receiver out of the game and popped the ball into the air, allowing Justin Glenn to intercept the pass. Parker finished with three tackles and broke up three passes.

2. RB Bishop Sankey: While Washington wanted to play with an edge on defense, the Huskies were also determined to play a physical brand of football on offense, too. They relied on Sankey to get their ground game going early. Powering through an Oregon State defense that came into the game allowing just 80 yards a game, the sophomore rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

3. CB Desmond Trufant: With Oregon State trying to put points on the board late in the second quarter, the senior dropped Obum Gwacham short of a first down on fourth-and-8. He helped preserve the first-half shutout and finished with 10 total tackles -- nine solo -- including one for loss.

4. LB John Timu: Both of Timu’s pass breakups came in the first half, as the sophomore helped spark the Huskies’ defense. Timu also picked off a pass in the fourth quarter that he returned for a score. But the touchdown was taken off the board after a personal-foul penalty on the return.

5. CB Marcus Peters: The redshirt freshman’s fourth-quarter interception led to Sankey’s second touchdown run. He was tied for the team lead in pass breakups with three, and finished with three tackles.

6. QB Keith Price: For Price, it was progress. The junior completed 18 of 30 passes for 194 yards. He did throw an interception but, overall, did a better job of protecting the football. After the game Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said that Price is starting to come around for the Huskies.

7. S Justin Glenn: In addition to being tied for second on the team in tackles with six, Glenn picked off a pass in the second quarter. He was a key contributor during a very good performance from Washington’s secondary.

8. Kasen Williams: The sophomore receiver led the Huskies in receiving against the Beavers, totaling five catches for 61 yards.

9. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: It wasn’t the sophomore’s biggest game of the season. He spent more time focused on protecting Price and opening holes for the ground game than catching passes, but he did finish with three catches for 31 yards.

10. OL Micah Hatchie and Ben Riva: Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton came into the game against Washington leading the Pac-12 in sacks with eight. Washington’s offensive tackles kept the sophomore from getting to Price.