Ball hawking Beavers to face struggling Huskies

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Utah quarterback Travis Wilson, right, passes as Oregon State defenders Tyrequek Zimmerman, left, and Rudolf Fifita move in during the first half of their NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- No. 7 Oregon State heads to Seattle this week to face a Washington team that is heading in the opposite direction.

The Huskies come into the match up with three straight losses.  During that stretch, quarterback Keith Price has thrown seven interceptions and fumbled three times.

But head coach Steve Sarkisian said he's sticking with Price as the starter.

Beavers head coach Mike Riley thinks some of the Huskies struggles can be blamed on a grueling first half of the schedule.

"LSU, USC, Oregon, Stanford, I mean, they've had a heck of a schedule," says Riley.  "This is a talented football team that beat Stanford.  We expect another very tough game."

Price should be alerted that Oregon State comes into the game with a plus-ten turnover margin, the best in the Pac-12 and 8th best in the country.

"You just hope that continues because a lot of times with turnovers, it's like the old saying, 'When it rains, it pours,'" says defensive coordinator Mark Banker.  "At the same time, you don't want to hit the Mojave Desert and have the thing dry up on you."

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