Dee Williams has a touchdown reception in seven of his last eight games and has a total of. In seven games this season, Williams has 41 catches for 772 yards, with eight touchdowns, averaging 110.3 yards per game.
After last season's disappointing 5-6 finish, breaking a string of 10 straight bowl game appearances, for many players beating Washington meant a winning season and traveling sometime in the post season to a bowl game. For some it is a new experience, for others it is not, but Williams has a note of caution about thinking about a bowl game in October.
"Anytime that there's a chance to play in a big bowl game we definitely want that but we don't want to look too far ahead to anyone else," said Williams of the possibility of going to a bowl game. "We have Arizona coming up playing at their house. They're a lot better than they were in the past. I just think that they'll come out with a lot of intensity and we have to match that."
Still others are very excited about the possibility.
"We're 6-1 that means bowl eligible and that means we've got a winning season already but we've just got to keeping trucking," observed freshman running back Jonathan Stewart. "That's something every team wants to get is a winning season but we want to go beyond that."
Oregon's 45 points is the most the Ducks have scored against the Huskies since 1973 when Oregon defeated Washington, 58-0.
Saturday's crowd of 58,267 marked Oregon's 40th consecutive sellout of Autzen Stadium. It was also the fourth-largest crowd at Autzen Stadium.
(PHOTO RIGHT) Oregon's Terrence Whitehead scores as Washington's Matt Fountaine defends during the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon defeated Washington, 45-21. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Whitehead ended up with 11 carries for 44 yards net with a long of 11. The senior running back also had seven pass receptions for 59 yards and the touchdown. Whitehead's 59 receiving yards on Saturday brought his career total to 1,022, making him the third player in school history to accumulate 1,000 career yards rushing and receiving (joining Bobby Moore and Sean Burwell).
Despite fumbling twice on the first two possessions and going down by 7 points the Ducks stormed back in the first quarter and took firm control of the game. Oregon has actually trailed at the end of the first quarter four times this season. The score was 21-14, Houston, 10-0, Fresno State, 10-7, Stanford and 10-0, Arizona State.
"A team that does not panic, does not get its head down, does not point fingers has a chance to be successful," commented Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti about the character of his team. "This group of kids is not only very talented athletically, but they are also very good collectively as a football team."
Bellotti was obviously very pleased with the performance of his offense, particularly Clemens. With four touchdown passes on Saturday, Clemens passed Joey Harrington (1998-2001/59 TD) to move to third all-time on the UO touchdown list with 60.
"Kellen Clemens deserves whatever records he earned today, but he probably owes the offensive line dinner, because he had great protection," said Bellotti.
Cameron Colvin's 63 yards receiving is a career-best. His previous high was 55 yards against Houston and Fresno State earlier this season.
(PHOTO LEFT) Washington's quarterback Isaiah Standback is sacked by Oregon's Anthony Trucks, left, and Devan Long during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Devan Long's 2.5 sacks on Saturday increased his career total to 24.5 and moved to third all-time on the UO sacks list, surpassing Matt LaBounty (1988-91/23.5). Long also moved into a tie for fifth in career tackles for loss with 40.0. He matched Reggie Jordan (40.0/1993-96).
"I don't think that there are very many people coming off the edge that are better in that than he is," said Bellotti of Long. "He's fast, he's using his athleticism, and he is a major disruptive factor to the opposing offense."
Beating the Huskies was something very special for Long, whose brother Rian played for Washington State, is from Anacortes, Wash. .
"I know a lot of guys on the team and they beat us the first few years and that was tough," said Long of the Huskies. "My brother never beat them so for us to beat them two years in a row and my last year being here it's always great to go out like this."