By Kevin Hampton

Corvallis Gazette-Times

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No. 6 Washington at Oregon St.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

TV: Pac-12 Line: Huskies by 27

CORVALLIS — Quarterback Darell Garretson spent Oregon State’s bye week taking snaps with the first team. With Jake Luton’s injury during a loss at Washington State, the timing of the bye was just right for the Beavers.

“Probably the biggest positive after a huge negative was the loss of Jake,” Beavers coach Gary Andersen said. “So the ability of Darell and, quite frankly, Conor (Blount), to be able to come in and get reps with the receivers and running the offense on a bye week, that was a big positive.”

Garrretson’s experience should come in handy for the Beavers. He has started games for Utah State and last season with Oregon State, when he passed for 617 and three touchdowns in the first six games of the season. Garretson was 73-for-146 with four interceptions in those games and led the Beavers to a 2-4 record.

“He’s been in the moment and he’s played in a lot of big games and he’ll be ready to go, so it’s a big advantage to have a starting quarterback that is back in there and he’s ready to go,” Andersen said. “And he’s very excited about this opportunity. He understands this is his last year and you’ll get his best shot every week, so I would say that’s a really nice advantage to have.”

The Beavers were using Garretson in a package to take advantage of his running ability, and Andersen said they are not inclined to hold him back despite the lack of depth at the position.

“I believe that Darell’s going to make those good decisions,” Andersen said. “He’s played enough football to understand when there’s a need and when the play’s over with. He’ll use his legs to his advantage but I think he’ll use them very smart, so I don’t think that discussion needs to be had with a veteran like he is.”

Garretson and the Beavers take on No. 6 Washington on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

“You have to stand in there with the physical nature, especially with this team because that is their M.O. They want to be physical,” Andersen said. “They have some very talented athletes all over the place but at the end of the day they want to be physical on the front seven on both sides. The offensive line, tight ends, the running backs and vice versa on the other side of the ball with the D-line, the linebackers: Those guys are very physical. So the physical part of this game will be a big, big part of it.”

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