Some Things Surprised Me Some Didn't

Seattle – The Oregon Ducks came to Seattle needing to beat the Washington Huskies and further secure a hold of first place in the Pac-10 race. When the final whistle blew Oregon had scored 43 points and Washington scored 19. That's wasn't a surprise. After all the Ducks have now won 11 of the last 15 games over the Huskies and have extended the current win streak to six.

It did surprise me that Washington's talented running back Chris Polk broke Oregon's string of 15 quarters of not allowing an offensive touchdown.

It didn't surprise me that LaMichael James ran for 154-yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard scamp. He's been doing that sort of thing all season long.

Rory Cavaille recorded his first special teams block of his career (including practices) and that's great news for the former walk-on who was sidelined for much of the season with an injured clavical.

I was surprised to find out that Cavaille's feat was the first since Keith Lewis made a block against Michigan way back when at Autzen Stadium and Jordon Carey recovered for the score. Today it was Tyrell Irvin doing the damage.

No surprise seeing Javes Lewis intercept his second pass this season. He did in dramatic fashion – in the end zone, however he's been coming up with all kinds of heroics this year.

David Paulson returned home to the Seattle are and had a big game – two catches for 59 yards, but those catches sure came at the right time.

Corner back Cliff Harris was one of the last arrivals in school this fall, but it was well worth the wait as he recorded his first career interception.

The Duck defense doesn't have anyone with gaudy statistics, but Kenny Rowe is creeping up in one important category. Today he was credited with a half-sack. He has at least that in all but two games this season.

D.J. Davis hauled in his second career touchdown.

The Duck defense has held its ground at the goal line, making a fourth down stop in the red zone for the second straight game. It is becoming to be expected.

Fresh off the day-to-day list, T.J. Ward had a solo tackle.

The other guy still saying he is day-to-day – Jeremiah Masoli was 14-for-22, 157 yards, one touchdown and 54 yards of rushing for two touchdowns. I wonder what he'll do when he's fully recovered?

Finally, Jackson Rice had three punts of 50 yards or longer, including one of 60.

And John Boyett, well, he's playing like a rugged veteran, no surprise.

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