CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ Damon Huard surpassed the 4,000-yard mark in career passing and 18th-ranked Washington used its kickoffs as a major weapon Saturday in a 26-16 victory over mistake-prone Oregon State.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Tim Alexander rushed for 182 yards in 24 carries, passed for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns in his first start for Oregon State.

The Beavers rushed for 348 yards and outgained the Huskies 488-369, but Oregon State couldn't overcome five turnovers and two big mistakes by the kickoff receiving team.

Fullback Richard Thomas scored twice on short runs and Huard passed for 165 yards and a touchdown as the Huskies (3-1, 2-0 Pac-10) beat Oregon State for the eighth straight time. Washington is 18-1 against the Beavers since 1974.

Alexander, a prize recruit from Sarasota, Fla., with spectacular speed, scored on runs of 32 and 1 yards and also had non-scoring runs of 54 and 33 yards.

Washington blew open a 17-0 lead in the first half. The Huskies scored 10 points after twice taking kickoffs away from the Beavers, once on a short, high kick that was caught by Washington's Ikaika Malloe and later on an onsides kick that resulted in one of John Fiala's two fumble recoveries.

After Alexander's 32-yard touchdown run cut the lead to 17-10 with 10:02 to play in the third quarter, the Beavers held the Huskies. Alexander ran 54 yards to the Washington 13, and the Beavers seemed headed for the tying score.

But two plays later, Mark Olford fumbled and Fiala recovered at the 11.

The Huskies then went 89 yards in 10 plays, with Huard hitting wide-open Fred Coleman with a 12-yard touchdown pass to put Washington ahead 23-10.

John Wales' second field goal, a 27-yarder after the onsides kick, made it 26-10 with 12:40 to play.

The Beavers scored again after an Oregon State punt bounced off a Washington player and the Beavers' Sedrick Thomas recovered at the Washington 40. Alexander capped the six-play drive with a 1-yard sneak for the score. The 2-point conversion try failed and it was 26-16 with 8:06 remaining.

Then things got really wild. Alexander's 33-yard run and 23-yard pass to Olford got the ball to the Washington 12, but Lawyer Milloy intercepted Alexander's first-down pass at the goal line.

The Beavers threatened again with a 51-yard pass play from Alexander to Cameron Reynolds, but Washington's Reggie Reeser stripped the ball away from the Oregon State runner and recovered the fumble at the Huskies 5.

The Beavers threatened again in the final seconds, but Reeser intercepted Alexander's pass in the end zone.