The #12 Oregon Ducks (6-1, 4-0) defeat the #25 washington Huskies (5-3, 2-3) by a score of 35 to 31 in a nail-biter!
Justin Herbert: 24/38 - 280 YDS - 4 TD
Jacob Eason: 23/30 - 289 YDS - 3 TD
TD SCORERS: (UO) Spencer Webb, Jaylon Redd, Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Mycah Pittman, Jaylon Redd (UW) Salvon Ahmed, Jordan Chin, Andre Baccellia, Puca Nacua,
DUCK YARDS: 448 YDS - 280 passing - 168 rushing
HUSKY YARDS: 414 YDS - 289 pass - 125 rushing
TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks 0 - Huskies 0
1ST QUARTER: Travis Dye kneed the opening kickoff to start this rainy game in Seattle. CJ Verdell picked up four yards out of the pistol to start the game. He then picked up a first down on a swing pass. Another quick pass from Justin Herbert appeared to gain big yards for Jaylon Redd, however, it was correctly ruled that his knee hit the ground on the catch after adjusting to a underthrown ball.
Verdell reclaimed five yards on a playaction pass before Myles Bryant was able to take him down, A successfully read rpo had Johnny Johnson III for 11 yards, then Verdell ran for back-to-back carries for seven yards. Oregon completed a 23-yard pass to Brenden Schooler and at the 11:23 mark Coach Cristobal called his first timeout, on the Washington 36 with a fresh set of downs.
The ball flew through the hands and over the head of Herbert, who was somehow able to collect the ball and regain a lot of yards before sliding. But a boneheaded late hit by Asa Turner put the Ducks at the 11. Verdell nearly picked up the first down on his next carry, but the play after that Oregon moved ten yards back due to a holding call on Dallas Warmack.
And on the next play, Herbert connected with Spencer Webb who pushed his way forward for a 12-yard touchdown.
Ducks 7 - Huskies 0
washington attempted to trick the Ducks by having a player lay down in the end zone and pop up for a wide open pass by Aaron Fuller who caught the kickoff, but the refs reminded Chris Petersen that was illegal, and the Huskies were called for unsportsmanlike conduct and the ball was re-kicked for a touchback.
Starting at his own 25, Jacob Eason completed a 6-yard pass to Puka Nacua, then Salvon Ahmed picked up the first down with a 7-yard run. Kamari Pleasant straight dropped a short pass, then Ahmed nearly fumbled the toss on his next carry, and after that was only able to gain three of the 14 necessary to keep the drive alive.
On the Ducks’ next drive, Redd and Verdell had a couple of plays combine for three total yards, then an off throw led to Oregon’s first three-and-out. Oregon’s Blake Maimone had an uncharacteristic bad punt due to another high snap resulting in washington fielding the ball midfield.
The Huskies evened the score with a 13-play, 52-yard drive that lasted over five minutes and basically finished the first quarter. Ahmed carried the ball six times for 37 yards, which opened a few more options for Eason in the passing game.
Two times washington went for it on fourth and short, both were successful; the first was by inches as Eason was able to fight for the first on a QB sneak, the second was a 9-yard speed option on 4th-and-1 in which Troy Dye had a surprising missed tackle, which led to a Ahmed score.
Huskies 7 - Ducks 7
Troy Dye was seen on the sideline as staff attempted to wipe blood from his uniform seemingly due to an injury to his right hand (turns out it was a broken thumb). The Ducks ran one more play in the first quarter after a touchback: a Verdell 1-yard loss.
2ND QUARTER: The Ducks were not able to convert after coming back from break. Incompletions to Brenden Schooler then Mycah Pittman resulted in a 49-yard Maimone punt and a big hit from Daewood Davis on the washington 27.
The Huskies needed only four plays to score their second touchdown: an 11-yard pass to Cade Otton, a 12-yard run by Admed followed by a 2-yard run, then a 48-yard touchdown pass setup by playaction. Thomas Graham Jr was able to get a hand on the ball as the two came tumbling down into the end zone, but Jordan Chin was able to bring in an impressive catch for his first career score.
Huskies 14 - Ducks 7
After starting 6 for 6, Herbert went 0 for 6 after leading the offense to their third straight three-and-out. Incompletions to Johnson III, Redd, and Pittman killed the drive. The next Huskies drive seemed to be another highly successful one before another high snap emerged, this time on the washington side. A 23-yard pickup by Hunter Bryant started the drive, but on 3rd-and-7 on the Oregon 44 the snap flew back and was recovered by Eason for a loss of 19 yards.
The Ducks earned their first 1st down of the second quarter with 9:13 left in the half after a 12-yard pass to Redd, but after a 1-yard Dye run back-to-back incompletions ended the drive.
Cameron Davis had his first carries, picking up seven yards to start the drive. Davis almost had the first down on the next play but washington was called for holding. On 2nd-and-13, Eason attempted a pass to Nacua that was defended by a couple of defensive backs. Unfortunately, cornerback Deommodore Lenoir was injured on the play and taken out of the game, Dye also saw some more time on the sideline seemingly due to his right arm. And on 3rd-and-9, a busted play involving two Huskies receivers running to the same spot of the field led to an incompletion.
Verdell was able to re-establish the run on Oregon’s next drive which helped the Ducks drive down the field in an 8-play, 69-yard touchdown drive. A couple of successful Verdell carries opened the drive which gave Herbert a manageable 3rd-and-2. A 17-yard pass to Johnson III gave the Ducks some much needed momentum, and two plays later another cpass to the receiver picked up 13 more.
Verdell’s next carry was good for the first down, and his carry after that put Oregon in the red zone. And on 2nd-and-8, Herbert threw his second touchdown of the day, a 16-yard completion to Redd.
Ducks 14 - Huskies 14
The final washington drive of the opening half started with a false start but found a good amount of success driving down the field despite the early blunder. Eason hit his last six passes of the first half for a combined 62 yards. After a perfect 27-yard pass to Hunter Bryant put the Huskies at the Oregon 5, the Ducks were too slow to fall into formation and Andre Baccellia was able to easily score.
Huskies 21 - Ducks 14
Oregon attempted to replicate washington’s late-half drive, but fell short. A Herbert pass to Johnson III picked up 29 yards despite the quarterback taking a big hit from Bryant, but ultimately the 34-yard-plus hail mary completely missed Pittman in the corner of the end zone.
-Halftime Score: Huskies 21 - Ducks 14-
3RD QUARTER: The Huskies received the ball in the second half and took little time to build on their first half momentum. Terrell Bynum started things strong for the Huskies by catching a 13-yard pass for the first down, Ahmed kept things going with a 20-yard run, then followed that up with an 8-yard carry. The young receiver Nacua made another big-time play by catching the ball in open space and blowing past the freshman DJ James who replaced the injured Lenoir. The 33-yard play put washington up by 14 points using just 1:44 to drive it down the field.
Travis Dye returned the kickoff to the Oregon 21, then picked up seven yards on the Ducks first play of the second half. Linebacker Kyler Manu bit on a fake handoff so hard that Herbert was able to easily complete a pass to a wide open Webb who picked up 19 yards.
The Ducks then handed the ball off on six of their next eight plays, resulting in 42 yards on the ground and a 14-yard Cyrus Habibi-Likio touchdown. Pittman also helped to convert a 3rd-and-10 by catching a 12-yard pass, setting up the eventual score. Dye received the first three carries during this stretch and amassed 17 yards, then CHL carried the load for the rest of the yardage and the touchdown.
Huskies 28 - Ducks 21
washington started strong once again, gaining 20 yards with a pass to Otton. Ahmed continued to gain big yardage on the ground with consecutive 9-yard gains. Then Pleasant was able to get the Huskies to 4th-and-1, and Oregon helped them out by being drawn offside. The Duck defense pushed the Huskies back to a 3rd-and-12, and after Chico McClatcher picked up eight yard on a play that would result in his exit due to injury, the Huskies hit a 30-yard Peyton Henry field goal.
Huskies 31 - Ducks 21
On Oregon’s next drive, Herbert continued to look shaky in his decision making and accuracy, but thankfully CHL continued to be a powerful and effective tool in the running game. The running back received all of Oregon’s carries on this drive, four in total, and tallied 27 yards in what would turn out to be a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that finished the third quarter.
The scoring play was a 36-yard pass to Pittman, who continues to be one of the best Ducks on offense despite his small sample size of games.
Huskies 31 - Ducks 28
4TH QUARTER: Bryan Addison was called for an unsporsmanlike conduct after attempting to grab a pom pom from a home fan, but even with the advantageous field position washington was forced into a three-and-out. Oregon’s defense finally began to resemble the sure-tackling unit they were known as and Eason’s short passes went nowhere.
The Ducks were ultimately more successful on their proceeding drive, but still ended their possession with a punt. Fortunately for Oregon, washington was held to their second consecutive three-and-out despite picking up eight yards on their first play. Jordon Scott blew up a 3rd-and-2 which got the Oregon offense back on the field.
The Ducks started on their own 30 and once again looked to pound the football on the ground. Johnson III caught a 20-yard pass to start the drive. Dye then picked up 21 yards on 2nd-and-8 two plays later. CHL carried the ball four straight times for a total of 22 yards, then Herbert connected with Redd for the 5-yard touchdown. The drive went 70 yards in eight plays and left 5:10 left in the fourth.
Ducks 35 - Huskies 31
The hometeam started things off with another big pass to Otton for 22 yards. Back-to-back carries by Ahmed got the Huskies to 3rd-and-5 then a Bynum 6-yard reception gave them the first down. On 2nd-and-6 Popo Aumavae got a sack for a 12-yard loss in part due to a ferocious rush by Dye, but even after tacking on a false start washington was still able to nearly convert the first down on their next play. A 20-yard pass to Marquis Spiker got the Huskies to 4th-and-3 and Cristobal called a timeout.
Eason attempted to connect with Nacua but failed possibly due to a no-call pass interference on Mykael Wright. The Ducks then ran out the clock and won the goddamn game!