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Its been 3,263 days since the Washington Huskies have beaten the Oregon Ducks in football.
Coming off a big win over then #8 Stanford, many Washington fans we wondering if the Huskies could make it a game in Eugene. They never had a shot. The Oregon Ducks raced off to a 21-0 first quarter lead, en route to crushing the Washington Huskies 52-21 on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium. Marcus Mariota shook off an early interception to throw four touchdown passes, two caught by Colt Lyerla, as the Ducks took their ninth in a row in this rivalry.
After a tipped pass led to an interception on Oregon's first drive, the Ducks were also forced to punt on their second, but Washington muffled the kick, handing the ball back to Oregon at the UW 20, and leading to an easy De'Anthony Thomas touchdown. Three minutes later, the Ducks were back in the end zone when Washington couldn't get lined up in time, leaving Keanon Lowe all alone in the end zone. A minute later, Avery Patterson slipped an out route for his second pick six in as many games.
Washington would finally mount a long drive, going 73 yards in seven plays, capped by the first of Bishop Sankey's two touchdowns, but the Ducks would immediately respond with two consecutive touchdown drives, ending with TD receptions by Colt Lyerla and Josh Huff. At 35-7, the game was essentially over at that point.
Mariota finished 15/24 for 198 yards and the four touchdowns. Oregon rushed for 299 yards overall, 122 of those by Kenjon Barner.
There were small mistakes. A couple of funky snaps. Rob Beard missed a fairly routine field goal. But I'm not sure that Oregon is going to face many teams capable of making those small mistakes any kind of a major problem.
Its been 3,263 days since the Washington Huskies have beaten the Oregon Ducks in football. Here's to many, many more.