- No. 5 Washington @ Oregon? 70-21. It may take more than a bye week for the Ducks to recover from this beatdown. Nuff said.
- Oregon and California (3-3, 1-2) both have a week off before facing each other on Friday, Oct. 21. Cal will be in recovery mode as well after falling 47-44 in overtime at Oregon State. Quarterback Darrel Garretson rushed for a 16-yard touchdown in OT to help the Beavers snap a 12-game, Pac-12 losing streak.
- So how’d the rest of the Pac-12 do? Let’s just say that some streaks snapped, while others were born… USC (3-3, 2-2) blew a two-touchdown lead, but held on for a 21-17 win over No. 21 Colorado (4-2, 2-1), marking the Trojans’ first winning streak of the season… After getting off to a slow start, No. 24 Utah (5-1, 2-1) strung together 26 straight points to top Arizona (2-4, 0-3), 36-23. With that, Kyle Whittingham earned his 100th career win as Utah’s head coach, and the Utes ended a four-year losing streak to the Wildcats… Yikes, Stanford. What’s gotten into you? Back-to-back beatdowns? Last week, No. 15 Stanford (3-2, 2-2) suffered a 44-6 setback at Washington, and this week, Washington State (3-2, 2-0) rocked the Cardinal at home, 42-16… Zane Gonzalez connected on three field goals to become the NCAA’s all-time leader (89 for his career) and help Arizona State (5-1, 2-1) edge UCLA (3-3, 1-2) in an injury-riddled contest, 23-20.
- Across the country, No. 9 Tennessee saw its luck run out at No. 8 Texas A&M, as the Vols fell in a wild, double-overtime thriller, 45-38.
- Fans rushed the field to celebrate Navy’s stunning 46-40 win over No. 6 Houston. The victory marks the Midshipmen’s first win over a top-10 team since 1984. (An extra perk to the improbably upset? No classes Tuesday!)… No. 23 Florida State upset No. 10 Miami, blocking the Hurricane’s game-tying PAT to hold on for a 20-19 victory. That’s seven in a row for the Seminoles against their in-state rivals… In other rivalry news, this year’s Red River Showdown proved to be the highest-scoring ever, as No. 20 Oklahoma topped Texas, 45-40.
- You know what? I can’t. I can’t let this go. Let’s not forget the past. Because to move on, you have to acknowledge what happened, so that’s what we’re going to do — acknowledge the embarrassment that was Washington-Oregon and look ahead toward the bye week. Oregon looked awful out there — on national television nonetheless. 70-21? Oy vey! Besides a bunch of broken Oregon fans’ hearts, let’s look at what else broke last night: 1) The Huskies (6-0, 3-0) broke a 12-game losing streak against the Ducks (2-4, 0-3), earning their first win over Oregon since 2003… 2) UW’s Jake Browning broke a school record with eight total TDs (six passing, two rushing), which also tied a Pac-12 record… And 3) RIP to all the broken television screens out there.
- The only school maybe feeling worse than Oregon? Maybe Rutgers. Maybe. But hey, we have another Jim Harbaugh-ism for you this week! No. 4 Michigan had a four-score lead over Rutgers when Harbaugh had the Wolverines go for two on a fake extra point. This is so great. Final score, 78-0.
All Things Ducks
Looks like it was Ls all around for Oregon Athletics this week.
- While it’s not a direct L, the men’s golf team placing fifth of 15 teams isn’t exactly a dub (285-280-294—859, +19). The men competed at the Nike Collegiate Invitational at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Redshirt senior Wyndham Clark stood out, finishing six under for second overall (68-66-70—204).
- Oregon women’s soccer (6-6-1, 0-4-0) suffered its fourth and fifth straight losses at the hands of No. 11 UCLA on Sunday and Colorado on Thursday. The Bruins scored the game-winner in the 86th minute to top the Ducks 3-2, while the Buffaloes scored the only two goals of the second half to win 3-1. Sophomore forward Kyra Fawcett tallied four points on a pair of goals this week, while junior midfielder Abby Morrow notched three points on a goal and an assist.
- The women’s golf team put together a strong performance on the second day of the Windy City Collegiate in Chicago, Ill. on Tuesday to offset a shaky start from the day before. Ultimately, the women tied for ninth alongside Oklahoma State at the Glen View Club in Chicago, Ill.
- In other ‘I Hate Washington Week’ news, the No. 20 Oregon women’s volleyball team (11-3, 4-1) saw its 11-match winning streak snap on Friday, falling 20-25, 18-25, 23-25 to the No. 8 Huskies at Matthew Knight Arena.
Said in the most enthusiastic voice ever ever: Before I say goodbye, say hello to HI-LIGHTS!