Oregon beats Washington, 26-20

When the Ducks took the field at Husky Stadium, questions remained about this team, its leadership, its talent, and its future. With Vernon Adams returning to play, he was able to find receivers and put Oregon’s offense back in charge. The Duck Defense also showed continued signs of improvement, and the balance lead to the Ducks’ victory in Seattle.

Adams scrambled frequently  and was sacked more than once. However, he was able to make plays with his arm and feet, connecting with Dwayne Stanford and several Oregon receivers, including the recently returned Darren Carrington.

 Bralon Addison ran for a TD, and of course, Royce Freeman provided the power punch to the Ducks’ ground game. Taj Griffen racked up several yards, and collectively, the offense had an improved outing.

 Perhaps most impressive was the Ducks’ defensive play, which brought pressure and sacks to the Husky offense.

 Senior Alex Balducci continued his strong presence this season, aided by an excellent effort by true freshman Henry Mondueux. DeForest Buckner’s athleticism was on display, and backed up by the fire among the linebackers.

 Tyson Coleman, Rodney Hardrick, and Joe Walker, who all turned in good performances ; the secondary showed signs of coming together, punctuated by Ugo Amadi’s game-sealing  pick with less than a minute remaining.

 While needs remain, some questions perhaps were answered as the Ducks improve to 4-3. They now have a bye week to prepare for another tough road test against Arizona State in a Thursday night game on October 29, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.


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