Jonathan Beasley turned out to be the star in another wild Holiday Bowl.
The Kansas State junior scored three touchdowns, including a go-ahead one-yard run with 5 minutes 58 seconds left to cap a 92-yard, 20-play drive as the No. 7 Wildcats rallied tonight to beat Washington, 24-20.
"You wouldn't think it would take you 20 plays to go the length of the field," Beasley said. "But I'm glad we ate up some clock, because we spent a lot of time fumbling the ball out here and getting penalties and putting ourselves in harm's way on more than one occasion.
"We needed one drive somewhere along the line."
Washington's Marques Tuiasosopo, who this season became the first major college quarterback to pass for 300 yards and run for 200 in the same game, was 18 of 27 for 197 yards with one interception and ran 11 times for 30 yards as the prime target of the Kansas State defense. Tuiasosopo was tackled by Monty Beisel on an option play on fourth and five from the 50 with 3:37 left, then safety Jon McGraw broke up his long pass with 2:09 left.
Beasley completed 6 of 9 passes for 63 yards on the game-winning drive, which started when Lamar Chapman intercepted Tuiasosopo's pass at the goal line and returned it eight yards with 52 seconds left in the third quarter.
Beasley called an audible on the touchdown play, an option keeper to the right. It was the fifth lead change of the night.
Beasley, who struggled in the second half of the season with a pulled muscle in his throwing shoulder, also scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter and an 11-yarder on the opening drive of the second half, on which he also audibled, for a 17-13 lead.
Washington became the first team to score on Kansas State in the third quarter this year, as tailback Maurice Shaw scored on a five-yard run with 2:28 left for a 20-17 lead.
Kansas State finished 11-1 and seemed to enjoy itself in this postseason, unlike last year when it lost a shot at reaching the national championship game and then had a lackluster effort in an Alamo Bowl loss to Purdue.
The loss by Washington (7-5) dropped the beleaguered Pac-10 to 0-3 in bowls this year.
Beasley, who was 15 of 31 for 216 yards and rushed for 48 yards, was named the outstanding offensive player of the game. Kansas State defensive end Darren Howard was named defensive player of the game for his 2 1/2 sacks.
Kansas State, which has the nation's second-stingiest defense, sacked Tuiasosopo four times, all in the first half.
"It was one of the best defenses I've seen at the collegiate level," Washington Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "If you threw a grenade out there, you'd get all of them because they are all so close to the ball."