Halftime Scoring Recap

Although the 17-7 score might indicate a game controlled by the Ducks, the performance was not one to brag about. Two offensive turnovers and a fumbled punt return, albeit one cancelled by a penalty, stood out like a bee sting on a nice summer day. Still, Oregon was not without its strong points. The Pac-10-leading rushing attack was on full display, and the pass defense more than held its own.

Washington received the ball first on their own 34 yard-line. Oregon forced Washington to punt after an unsuccessful drive, and safety Patrick Chung stepped in at punt returner for the first time in his Oregon career. Starting from their own 33 yard-line, Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon led a strong Duck march down the field to the 12-yard line. The drive included three receptions by tight end Dante Rosario. However, Oregon came up empty after a missed 29-yard field goal by Paul Martinez.

Washington got the ball back on their own 20 yard-line, and again, the Oregon defense stood strong. A holding penalty pushed Washington back 10 yards, and on 3rd and 18, Bonnell threw an incomplete pass. Chung received the Washington punt, exploded up the middle, then cut left for a wide-open field. Chung sprinted up the sideline and into the endzone for a 59-yard touchdown. Oregon 7, Washington 0 with 7:07 left in the first quarter.

Washington and Oregon traded punts, and after another unsuccessful drive by Washington, Oregon received the ball on their 20 yard-line after an endzone punt. The ensuing drive saw Jonathan Stewart rush for gains of 17 and seven yards, but Dixon was picked by Washington linebacker CJ Wallace on the Washington 47 yard-line. Bonnell and running back Louis Rankin led Washington into the redzone, and Bonnell hit Sonny Shackleford in the left corner of the endzone for a 9-yard touchdown. With 13:02 left in the second quarter, the scored was tied up at Oregon 7, Washington 7.

The Ducks retaliated with an impressive, powerful drive. From their own 6-yard line, Oregon drove 94 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown. Every yard was gained on the ground, led by 43 yards from receiver Brian Paysinger on pitches from Dixon. Stewart romped in for a five-yard touchdown to cap the drive. Oregon 14, Washington 7 with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter.

Washington lined up against the Duck defense on their 23 yard-line, but their offense was blanked again. Punting from their own 19, the Huskies appeared to have caught a break when Chung fumbled the return and Washington recovered, but the Husky line was penalized for a false start. Chung caught the second punt and returned it 11 yards to the Oregon 49 yard-line. Star receiver Jaison Williams got in the action with a 17-yard catch from Dixon on the drive, and Martinez capitalized on a 43-yard field goal to up the score to Oregon 17, Washington 7, with 1:09 to go before halftime. The Huskies were held deep in their own territory to end the half. The Ducks carried a 10-point lead in the locker room. Oregon 17, Washington 7

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