10 in a row.
That's where Oregon's string of victories stands after a 45-24 Duck win at Husky Stadium Saturday. The win moves Oregon to 6-0, 3-0 in the Pac-12 with a visit from Washington State awaiting next weekend.
It was a game early, as the teams traded scores in the first quarter. After being stopped on their first drive, Byron Marshall scored a touchdown for Oregon on a controversial 4th and 1 where the referees waited awhile before deciding that Marshall had reached the end zone. Washington proved they have more fight than in recent years, marching right back down the field on the ensuing drive, capping it with an 8 yard touchdown pass from Keith Price to Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
While the teams traded blows in the first quarter, Oregon's defense put the game on lockdown in the second, allowing only 46 total yards, while the Ducks went on two touchdown drives. Bralon Addison made an acrobatic catch to stay inbounds for the first touchdown, while Marshall scored another touchdown on the second, allowing the Ducks to take a 21-7 lead into the halftime locker room.
The third quarter looked as if it would be much of the same as Washington took the football to start the half. However, on fourth a one, Washington RB Bishop Sankey found the edge on a 4th and 1 against Oregon's short yardage defense, and took it 60 yards to the house. Oregon immediately responded with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff, but Sankey would score another TD at the end of the quater to get Washington to within a single score headed into the final quater.
While a stop would have allowed Washington a chance to tie it up, Oregon instead score two touchdowns in two possessions in the fouth quarter, while forcing UW to punt twice. Up the final margin with 6:18 left, the Ducks bled out the rest of the clock to end the game.
Marcus Mariota had another stellar game, throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 88 yards and another score, and he has to be firmly in the Heisman race at this point. The Huff and Addison WR combo had another big game, Addison catching 8 balls for 157 yards and two scores, and Huff with six catches for 107 yards and a score despite missing much of the second quarter. Byron Marshall rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
So it's 6-0, and Oregon passed their first real test with flying colors. The starters may have had to play into the fourth quarter for a change, but this team keep a-rolling along.