In the 108th meeting between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies, the Ducks were looking to increase their winning streak to 12 in a row. The Ducks succeeded in that mission by winning 26 - 20. Senior transfer quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. made his return to the starting lineup after dealing with a broken finger for three weeks.
“It felt really good to be back out there,” Adams Jr. said. “This is what I love to do, this is my favorite sport.”
In his opening drive, Adams Jr. went 2-of-3 for 84 yards and a touchdown to 2014 star wide receiver Darren Carrington.
Carrington made his 2015 season debut after serving a suspension for testing positive for marijuana in a NCAA drug test. Carrington then was cited for an open alcoholic beverage violation on the morning of Sept. 26th. which happened to be the Utah game.
Adams Jr. would finish the night going 14-of-25 for two touchdowns as he looked to have benefited from that three week absence.
“It was good for me to get mental reps,” Adams Jr. said. “To sit back and see from a back-ups perspective and so if they didn’t see something right, I would let them know what I saw.”
Adams Jr. demonstrated a new found chemistry with Carrington as Carrington went for five catches for 125 yards and both of Adams Jr.’s touchdowns.
“(Carrington) doesn’t take any plays off and it showed out there tonight and I’m very proud of him,” running back Royce Freeman said. “He is a blessed athlete, he’s work ethic is impeccable.”
That kind of production was needed after the Ducks lost senior wide receiver Byron Marshall during the Utah game on Sept. 26th.
“It hurt us big time to lose a playmaker like Byron (Marshall) and to have one with Darren (Carrington) and one in Vernon (Adams Jr.) helped us in a big way,” wide receiver Bralon Addison said.
Carrington might have had a big night, but wide receiver Bralon Addison also made his presence known. Addison caught five passes for 78 yards with no catches in the end zone. He would, however, run one in. In the third quarter, Washington’s running back Myles Gaskin broke off a 72 yard touchdown run. Addison rebuttaled with an 87 yard kickoff return.
Freeman didn’t find the endzone against the Huskies. Freeman ran for 138 yards giving him a season total of 997 heading into the bye week. When Freeman hits the field against the Arizona Sun Devils on Oct. 29th, he will be 3 yards away from reaching a 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season.
“Nobody likes to lose games so just to get another win on the resume felt good,” Freeman said.