Penalties, fights anger Beavers' Riley
CORVALLIS — Usually as mild-mannered as coaches come, Mike Riley spent a good deal of Saturday night hopping mad.
As Oregon State's game against Washington degenerated into a chippy mess of shoving, jawing and even some thrown punches, Riley called his Beavers into a sideline huddle and attempted to talk some sense into them.
At that point Oregon State's Brandon Hughes, Bryan Payton and James Dockery had all been kicked out, along with Washington's Ryan Tolar.
"We had to have players to play the game," Riley explained after Oregon State held on for the 29-23 win. "I had to remind them."
Then there was the head-scratching late fourth-quarter play where Yvenson Bernard stretched for what would have been a game-clinching touchdown, causing the ball to bounce off the turf. Washington's Roy Lewis picked up the ball and ran it back to the Oregon State 38.
Out of timeouts, the Beavers couldn't challenge the no-call, and no review came from the replay booth. The Huskies had 1:11 to win the game, but quarterback Carl Bonnell threw incomplete on fourth-and-two from the 29.
"It was either a touchdown or a fumble caused by the ground," Riley said. "Either one would have been alright."
Oregon State (6-4, 4-3 Pac-10) became bowl eligible with the win, with games at Washington State and No. 2 Oregon still to come.
Bernard (149 yards rushing) and Alexis Serna (five field goals) both celebrated senior night in style. Bernard ran his career rushing total to 4,545 yards, tying him for second place on Oregon State's all-time list with Steven Jackson.
Serna, a 2005 Lou Groza Award-winner who was recently named a finalist again, is 18-of-18 kicking field goals against Washington.
Washington (3-7, 1-6) got a huge scare when quarterback Jake Locker left the field in an ambulance after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Oregon State safety Al Afalava at the 6:18 mark in the second quarter. Locker was taken to nearby Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He returned to Reser Stadium late in the game wearing a neck brace.
"From what we can tell, we are calling it a neck sprain," Washington coach Tyrone Willingham said. "We will look over the next few days to see how intensive the injury is. We felt confident after talking with the doctors that the injury was not permanent."
Sophomore Lyle Moevao was 10-of-22 for 109 yards for Oregon State. Moevao had an interception and a fumble in the third quarter. He did execute a nifty pancake block on a reverse, dropping Washington defensive lineman Greyson Gunheim on his back, and springing James Rodgers for a long gain.
Riley said to expect an Oregon State squad more in control of its emotions.
"We'll take care of that," he said. "That's already been addressed, and that will be addressed again. Because those kind of penalties could have cost us that game and probably played a big part why it got to where it was in the end."