Rich Kolbell

Ducks demolished by Huskies

EUGENE, ORE. – With apologies to Sleepless in Seattle, twelve years of frustration ended on Saturday night in Eugene as the No. 5 Washington Huskies completely dominated and humiliated the Oregon Ducks 70-21. The game wasn’t really that close as Oregon was outclassed, out-hustled, out-muscled and out everything else one can think of.

Washington quarterback Jake Browning must have remembered the treatment he received from the Oregon defense last year at Husky Stadium because on Saturday he played nearly flawlessly.  Browning was 22-for-28 for 304 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores. 

Browning did what he wanted; hitting six receivers led by John Ross with three TD strikes among his 94 yards on nine catches. Dante Pettis had 134 yards of receiving on eight catches and two TDs. Jomon Dotson had two catches for 52 yards and a TD.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Myles Gaskin went off on the Ducks for 197 yards of rushing including a 68-yard TD run; Dotson also had a TD run of five yards right after he scored his 44-yard TD pass reception.

Defensively, the Huskies started things off by intercepting Oregon freshman quarterback Justin Herbert’s first pass on the first play of the game. It was Herbert’s first start too. From that point Oregon went 3-and-out seven times during the course of play

Herbert threw for 179 yards on 21-of-34 passing and two TDs, but too often Herbert had little or no time to find an open receiver and too often his passes hardly advanced the ball, but still the passes were completions. In short needed protection and plays called the would create some opportunities to complete some longer passes.

The Ducks rushed for 230 yards which isn’t bad but much of that came in the later stages of the game. Taj Griffin and Tony Brooks-James each had 60 yards rushing. Griffin had a TD running the Ball and Brooks-James had a TD on a pass reception. 

Royce Freeman had 50 yards of rushing on 11 carries but left the game because he became “unavailable” according to Head Coach Mark Helfrich after the game.

Defensively, it was a complete disaster for the Ducks.

Oregon continued to miss tackles; the defensive front was simply over-powered by the Huskies offensive line. Defensive backs were out of position or were caught standing watching the Husky receivers run past them.

There were only a couple of noteworthy plays by the starting defense. A.J. Hotchkins had a sack as did Toy Dye (among his two tackles for loss). Jimmie Swain had a TFL; Henry Mondeaux had two TFLs and Wayne Tei-Kirby recorded on.

There were only four pass breakups, two by Swain (in the later stages of the game) one by Arrion Springs and one by T.J. Daniel.

That’s it.

There is really nothing more to say about this game that it was total domination by Washington and Oregon mumbled, stumbled and bumbled along.

Final score, Washington 70, Oregon 21.

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