No. 5 Washington 70 – 21 victory over the Oregon Ducks ended a 12 year losing streak. It was the Huskies first win in Eugene since 2002, and their first win in the series since 2003.
The game was over pretty much over from the opening kick as Charles Nelson fumbled the kick return after he was hit. Oregon recovered the fumble, but the drive came to an end on the first play from scrimmage when freshmen quarterback Justin Herbert was intercepted on a pass that bounced off his wideout’s hand and into the Buda Baker’s. Herbert’s pass was just a bit behind his intended target, it was a rough night for the freshmen quarterback.
Washington’s defensive front seven was constantly in the back field putting a ton of pressure on the freshmen quarterback — Herbert was sacked three times on the night. Just like the Stanford game, the Huskies’ front seven was completely disruptive to Oregon’s offensive rhythm. Oregon’s was held to 5.3 yards per rush on 31 carries and were unable to move the ball with any consistency.
On the offense, the Huskies couldn’t do anything wrong. Quarterback Jake Browning set a school record for touchdown passes in a single game with six. Browning completed 22 of 28 passes for 304 yards, without turning the ball over. It was an extremely efficient performance for the sophomore that showcased his ability to throw the deep ball, and how much he has learned to trust his receiver core.
For the second straight week, the Ducks gave up more than 250 rushing yards as they gave up 380 yards of rushing yards to a relentless Washington rushing attack. Led by Myles Gaskin (16 carries, 197 yards), there was absolutely nothing that Oregon could do to stop the Huskies offense on the ground.
After such a dominating performance, it’s pretty clear that Washington is a playoff contender and we will probably see the Huskies rise in the polls.
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