October 13, 2006

Beavers look for continued success in Seattle

The Oregon Sate football team seeks its first Pac-10 win of the season as travels to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies this weekend. Even though UW has already surpassed its win total from the past two seasons combined, OSU has won the last two meetings between the teams, both at Husky Stadium.

Last season, the Beavers came out on top, 18-10, despite not getting into the end zone. On a cold, wet day, kicker Alexis Serna made six field goals to provide all the offense. His performance earned him Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. It marked the second time that Serna earned such honors against UW. In 2004, he kicked five field goals including a 55-yarder to help OSU to a 29-14 victory. Serna is a perfect 11-for-11 on field goal attempts against the Huskies for his career.

"There's nothing about the place," said Serna when asked about his success at Husky Stadium. "It's just a chance that I actually get those field goal attempts. The coaches are asking me to go out there and I have been putting them through up there. So it's not anything about the stadium or the environment."

This weekend, however, the Beavers will need to move the ball on offense and score touchdowns. That's because, UW is drastically improved from the previous two seasons. The Huskies are 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Pac-10 play with victories over UCLA and Arizona. They are coming off disappointing 26-0 loss to Southern Cal last weekend, a game that came down to the final play. So far, UW has been the surprise of the conference.

"If you look at all their scores, they've been close ball games and they have built confidence through winning and the majority of those games," Riley said. "I think that is a major factor, they've been behind, they came back and won against UCLA . . . so they've overcome some adversity, they've won tough games, they've built confidence and like some of those guys like Isaiah (Stanback) are playing the best ball of their careers, which is the way it should be."

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