Vernon Adams, making his first appearance on the field for the Ducks since the ill-fated Utah game back on Sept. 26, restored the passing game to the Oregon offense hitting on two touchdown-passes in the first half, both to Darren Carrington and finishing off the night going for 272 yards. Bralon Addison also rushed for one score. Aidan Schneider was good on two of three field goals (28, 24 yards). Oregon now goes 4-3 for the season and 2-2 in conference play. Washington falls to 3-3, 1-2 in Pac-12 competition.
“We complimented one another really well tonight, as far as if the offense scored a touchdown, the” defense gave up a field goal, (or) vice versa,” commented Mark Helfrich on his team’s performance. “When we stalled offensively, we had a couple of great kicks and great coverage by out punt team that was really a neutralizer.”
For the most the Ducks defense held up; however the Ducks nearly squandered a 10-point lead they held going into the fourth quarter, similarly to what happened last week against Washington State at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon was able to extend the lead to 26-13 with 9:04 left in the game but Oregon’s defense started bending badly and gave up a 12-play, 71 yard drive that ended up with Browning hitting Mickens on a 3-yard pass to cut the score to 26-20 following the successful point after conversion.
Oregon took the following kickoff and managed to drain time off the clock but was forced to punt giving the ball back with 1:19 left on the clock and the Huskies out of timeouts. Washington’s last drive ended when Ugo Amadi picked Browning for the only interception of the game.
“Where we got hurt was Vernon Adams scrambling around and buying time, keeping his eyes down the field and converting third downs,” admitted Washington’s Chris Peterson. “That was hard.”
Carrington, seeing his first action of the year after sitting out six games due to an NCAA Drug Policy violation, was the leading receiver with five catches for 125 yards and two TD’s. Addison also had five catches for 78 yards. In one of the most spectacular kick returns of the season, Addison dashed up the sideline for 87 yards, setting up Schneider’s 24-yard field goal. Addison’s kick return came on the heels of a 72 yard touchdown run by Washington’s Myles Gaskin.
“He’s a playmaker, and it helped us having out there making plays,” said Adams of Carrington. “It helped big with him back on the field.”
Royce Freeman was Oregon’s leading rusher with 138 net yards on 27 carries.
Jake Browning was 19-of-30 for 199 yards, one TD and one interception for Washington.
Gaskin was the game’s leading rusher with 155 yards on 18 carries. Dante Pettis was the leading Husky receiver with four catches for 65 yards. Joshua Perkins had four grabs for 40 yards and Jaydon Mickens had three catches for 23 yards and a TD.
Oregon, which has dwelled in the cellar of most significant defensive categories in the Pac-12 Conference, got a much needed boost from what seemed to be a revived Oregon defense. The Ducks allowed Washington the fewest points of any opponent this season and held the Huskies to a total of 385 yards of total offense.
Oregon racked up 442 yards of total offense, 170 yards of rushing and 272 yards passing.
Tyree Robinson was the leading Oregon tackler with 11 tackles (six solos). DeForest Buckner recorded two tackles for loss including 1.5 sacks. Oregon had a total of six TFLs; Joe Walker had 1.5 TFLs, with Alex Balducci getting credit for the other half of the sack with Buckner. Henry Mondeaux and Tui Talia also were credited with sacks. Buckner (2), Walker (1) and Aarion Springs (1) all had credit for pass break ups.
Washington’s leading tackler was Budda Baker with eight tackles (six solos); Baker also had TFL. Washington had a total of nine TFLs including three sacks.
•Royce Freeman knocked Marcus Mariota (2,237, 2012-14) and Maurice Morris (2,237, 2000-01) out of the top 10 on the UO career rushing list and now ranks eighth in school history with 2,362 yards, moving past Ahmad Rashad (2,306, 1969-71) and Jeremiah Johnson (2,336, 2005-08).
•Freeman recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 11th career, which ties him for fourth-most in UO history. He finished with 138 yards on 27 carries and now has 997 yards on the season.
•QB Vernon Adams Jr. returned to action for the first time since playing the first five offensive drives vs. Utah on Sept. 26. He finished 14 of 25 for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
•Adams Jr. extended his personal streak with at least one TD pass to 30 games.
•Adams Jr. has nine TD passes over two career games in Husky Stadium - the most by any QB on UW’s home field since the start of 2014.
•Darren Carrington made his first appearance since last year’s Rose Bowl and promptly scored the game’s first touchdown. Carrington finished with a game-high 125 receiving yards on five catches, including two scores. The sophomore has three straight 100-yard receiving games and has totaled five touchdowns during that stretch.
•Bralon Addison scored the first rushing TD of his career, running in an 8-yard score in the 2nd quarter. Addison had a pair of receiving TDs at Husky Stadium in 2013.
•True freshman Kirk Merritt had the first multi-reception game of his career, catching a pair of passes for 18 yards.
•All-purpose WR Charles Nelson made his second straight start at safety.
•Juwaan Williams started at the other safety spot in place of Tyree Robinson, who moved to the outside to make his first start at cornerback. Both players set career marks in tackles with Robinson making a game-high 11 and Williams adding eight.
•Evan Voeller made his first career start, playing left guard in place of Matt Pierson, who had started the first six games of the season.
•Oregon held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the first time this season.
•The Ducks extended the longest winning streak in the 115-year history of the rivalry to 12 games, including five straight in Seattle. The Huskies have failed to score more than 20 points in eight of those 12 defeats.