You knew this one was going to be a closer game than in years past. But in the end, the Oregon Ducks beat the Washington Huskies for the 12th straight year in a 26-20 win in Seattle.
Vernon Adams returned to the starting lineup and delivered a masterful performance, completing 14-of-25 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Also returning to the lineup was Darren Carrington, making his season debut. Carrington caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, providing the Ducks a much needed spark on offense.
On Oregon's first third down of the game, Vernon Adams made an impressive throw on the run, hitting Dwayne Stanford on the run for a 49-yard completion. Two plays later, Adams made another huge third down pass, hitting Darren Carrington for a 36-yard touchdown pass. The completion was Carrington's first catch of the season after serving his six-game suspension for a failed drug test.
The Huskies completed a pair of third down passes on their opening drives, but decided to punt on 4th and 1 at Oregon's 39-yard line, but rather than go for it in no man's land, Chris Peterson decided to play it safe and go with the QB punt.
Punting on 4th and 1 in plus territory needs to be a federal offense.— Will Rubin (@_WillRubin) October 18, 2015
The game turned into a bit of a field position battle with both sides trading punts for the remainder of the first quarter. On Oregon's last drive of the first quarter, Adams delivered another clutch third down completion to Darren Carrington for 24 yards to move the ball into Oregon territory. If Adams' finger was still bothering him tonight, he was going a good job early of hiding it.
Oregon ends the first quarter leading 6-0, and with 114 passing yards. Last week, Oregon had 123 the entire game vs. WSU.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) October 18, 2015
Early in the second quarter, Washington was flagged for holding three times on one drive, including on a punt that proved to be a 40-yard field position swing for the Ducks. After Korey Durkee pinned the Ducks inside their own 20 on an initial punt, Washington had to re-kick after a holding call. Durkee's next punt went just 33 yards, allowing the Ducks to take over near midfield.
On Oregon's ensuing drive, Adams made yet another big third down completion to Darren Carrington while under pressure on 3rd and 12. Early on, Carrington was making big play after big play for the Ducks.
Darren Carrington: 3 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.— Matt Prehm (@Prehmmr247) October 18, 2015
Bralon Addison capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run, the first of his career. Addison got a little push from Voeller into the end zone as the Ducks jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Right before the play, Addison nearly didn't make it on the field for the rushing touchdown.
Prior to Bralon Addison’s rushing TD… during injury TO... Mark Helfrich was on sideline, frantically looking for Bralon. Found him. TD.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) October 18, 2015
On Washington's next drive, the Huskies nearly found the end zone. Jake Browning had Deontae Cooper open, but Cooper wasn't able to haul in Browning's perfectly placed pass. Tyson Coleman also did a nice job hanging with Cooper and getting his hands in there to help break up the play. Washington would instead have to settle for a field goal.
On Oregon's final drive of the half, Adams hit Bralon Addison for a 44 yards pass, putting the Ducks in field goal range. Addison would've had a touchdown as he was left wide open when King slipped on the play, but hauled in the pass too close to the sideline. The Ducks couldn't find the end zone, but tacked on a field goal to take a 16-3 lead into the half.
Washington got off to a good start offensively in the second half as Jake Browning completed a pair of 30-plus yard completions to get the Huskies in the red zone. However, back-to-back sacks by Deforest Buckner forced Washington to settle for another field goal, cutting Oregon's lead to 16-6.
Adams continued to shine on Oregon's next drive, leading the Ducks down the field on a 13 play, 78-yard drive that ate up five and a half minutes of game clock before hitting Darren Carrington in the end zone to put Oregon up 23-6. The drive was the longest of the year for Oregon in regards to time.
Just a few plays earlier though, Bralon Addison made an incredible effort on 4th and 1 to keep the drive alive. The refs initially marked Addison short, but the Ducks were awarded the first down after this measurement.
Here's the up close spot measurement: pic.twitter.com/NViKChQXNx— Preston Hiefield (@PC_Hiefield) October 18, 2015
The Huskies finally found the end zone when Myles Gaskin broke free for a 72-yard touchdown run. But just as soon as it seemed Washington may have some life after all, Bralon Addison returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards.
Momentum… snatched. Oregon appears to have such a cruel grip on this rivalry no matter what UW does.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 18, 2015
However, the Ducks weren't able to convert the big return into points as Aidan Schneider missed his first field goal of the season.
With the Ducks already up by 10 and driving towards another score, Darren Carrington continued to come up clutch in his debut, making a nice leaping grab over the middle for a gain of 27 yards. On the play, Washington's Brian Clay was ejected for targeting on the hit.
Aidan Schneider would then tack on another field goal to give Oregon a 26-13 lead with
With Washington driving down the field, the Pac-12 refs were spared from one of the most blatant missed calls of the season. On 3rd and 8 at the Oregon 13, Tyson Coleman sacked Jake Browning and popped the ball loose. However, the refs blew the play dead, stating that Browning was already down. Well, that wasn't the case, but DeForest Buckner was called for a personal foul, so it wouldn't have mattered anyway. But the principle is still there.
While the Huskies had managed to drive into the red zone, they sure did take their sweet time doing it. After some horrible clock management by Chris Peterson, the boos began to rain down from the stands.
Only thing worse than the Ducks defense and red zone offense if Peterson's clock management. #UOvsUW— Alex Horwitch (@AlexHorwitch) October 18, 2015
But it paid off as Browning hit Jaydon Mickens for a three-yard touchdown, bringing Washington back within one score.
Washington elected to trust their defense, kicking the ball away downfield instead of going for the onside kick.
The Ducks were able to burn some time off, but at the end of their drive, Oregon essentially gifted Washington 35-40 free seconds. Adams scrambled in the pocket and threw an incomplete pass to Johnny Mundt, stopping the clock with 1:25 to go.
The Huskies had one last crack at ending the losing streak, but Ugo Amadi came away with the game-clinching interception, securing Oregon's 12th straight win over Washington.
We can now all exhale. #LastTimeUWBeatUO lives on, at least for one more year.