Washington received the ball on their own 34 yard-line to set off the action. 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 third 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 nine-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 six-yard line, Oregon drove 94 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown. Every yard was gained on the ground, led by 32 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 returned from halftime with a thud. On 3rd and six from the Oregon 26 yard-line, Dixon was intercepted by safety Chris Hemphill. With excellent field position on their 16 yard-line, Washington brought the score to Oregon 17, Washington 14 at the 12:09 mark in the third quarter. Bonnell threw his second touchdown pass to Quintin Daniels from the 11-yard line on third down.
Oregon fought back with an 80-yard drive led by Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson on the ground. Johnson punched in a one-yard touchdown to bring the score to Oregon 24, Washington 14 with 8:03 remaining in the third quarter. Washington returned the ensuing kick to their 38-yard line. Bonnell hit Anthony Russo for a 17-yard pass to cross into Washington territory, but Oregon's conference-leading pass defense then clamped down on Bonnell. Safety Ryan DePalo knocked down Bonnell's second down deep ball, and JD Nelson broke up his third down bomb up the right center. Washington punted into the endzone.
From their 20 yard-line, Oregon again displayed an unrelenting rushing attack, gaining 63 yards on the ground. Stewart powered in for a four-yard touchdown with 2:38 left in the third quarter to increase the Oregon lead to 31-14. With the score gap widening, Washington faced a crucial drive, but Oregon's pass defense put a quick stop to any retaliation. On 3rd and four from the Washington 32 yard-line, JD Nelson tipped a Bonnell pass, and Chung dove for the interception to give Oregon possession on the Husky 42 yard-line. Back-up quarterback Brady Leaf entered the game, but the offense stalled. Still, Martinez knocked in his second field goal of the game from 35 yards to set the score at Oregon 34, Washington 14 with 12:54 remaining.
The next drive would be Washington's last and would cap a stifling second half defensive performance by the Ducks. Defensive tackle Rashon Harris sacked Bonnell for a 10-yard loss on first down. After an incomplete pass on second, Blair Phillips smashed Bonnell for a 14-yard quarterback sack. Washington punted their final possession away, and Oregon ran down the clock with the entrance of freshman running back Andre Crenshaw. Final score, Oregon 34 - Washington 14.