Oregon held a two score lead after the first half, but a Husky risk paid off mightily to open the second. Bishop Sankey took a fourth and one hand-off 60 yards to the house off the left tackle, cutting the game to just one score.
"I don't really think they caught us off guard," said linebacker Boseko Lokombo of the run. "I just think it was a great play by them and something we're going to learn from."
"He is tough to tackle. We knew they were going to come back to him and he got us," coach Mark Helfrich said of Sankey.
The teams swapped an even 10 points (including Sankey's second score of the quarter) for the remainder of the quarter. But UW wouldn't score again.
"Just the team transition defense we played there, when we gave up the big play, which we don't want to do, the offense answered, the kickoff coverage answered and then we stopped them. That's where you could feel it," Helfrich said.
Washington made just one fourth quarter first down, gained only twenty yards and never threatened to score again.
"The resolve of this team is special. The group on this team is special. If we're up by some number or we're down by some number, it doesn't really matter," Helfrich said.
After Sankey's second rushing score made it a 31-24 game, as the third quarter neared a close, the defense held him to just three rushing yards.
The Ducks once again won the turnover battle, forcing two, and for the fourth time in six games, failing to give it away themselves.
Both plays came in the first half, when Torrdoney Prevot recovered a fumble and Erick Dargan intercepted a Price pass.
"A couple of turnovers might have messed with the quarterbacks head a little bit," said defensive back Terrance Mitchell.
Avery Patterson appeared to pick off a tipped ball in the third, but further review overturned the ruling on the field.
Price was sacked four times, three in the second half and two on a UW drive that reached the five yard line before two consecutive sacks forced a field goal.
"That's what our defense wants. If we can hold you to a field goal, with our offense, we know we can score seven points," said Taylor Hart, who had the key third down sack on Price.
"We finally got a lot of pressure on the quarterback there at the end," said Helfrich. "We had about 10 where we were one step away or one finish away from getting him on the ground. But you have to give Keith Price credit for that."
Price had a season-low QB rating and averaged less than six yards per attempt.