Rover Eddie Pleasant had two first half interceptions off of Huskies quarterback Keith Price that set the Ducks up for scores in Washington territory. The early momentum energized the defense and allowed the offense to strike quick, scoring both first half touchdowns on four plays each.
Head coach Chip Kelly praised the defense during the post game press conference, saying he was proud of the way they attacked and flocked to the ball.
"I thought our D-line really created a lot of pressure and we knew with such an efficient quarterback like Keith that we couldn't sacrifice coverage," Kelly said.
The Ducks forced three turnovers and made Price's night a nightmare, racking up an impressive six sacks between five players. Price rarely had time to throw the ball and seemed to run into white and carbon all night while trying to escape the pocket.
"We had to show up. We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy and things like that," defensive end Dion Jordan said. "But, the defense showed up and we did our job."
Offensive lineman Carson York said afterwards that the defense was key in setting up the offense. He also mentioned that the Ducks need to improve in short field situations, something they struggled with against the Huskies.
Still, the Ducks out-gained the Huskies by 103 yards and got the big plays when they needed them. Quarterback Darron Thomas sputtered at points, but found more of a rhythm as the game went on.
"I thought Darron did a good job," Kelly said. " He had a couple of drops, but that isn't always the quarterback's fault. He really understands how to manage the game and gets the ball in the right kid's hands."
The Ducks now look ahead to next week's marquee matchup at Stanford. That game will likely decide the winner of the Pac-12 North Division and who will host the conference championship game. Game time is slated for 5 p.m.