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SEATTLE, WA - The Washington Huskies players and coaches stayed up late to talk to the media after last night's game with the Oregon Ducks. Here is what they had to say about the game.

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  • You name it, and the Huskies probably said it after Saturday's emotional 42-10 win over an Oregon team that couldn't "walk the walk" after talking the talk all week long leading up to the game.

    "I would definitely rather beat the Ducks and die than lose and have to live tomorrow because that's a rough, rough next day," said Terry Johnson, who had one of the Huskies seven sacks on the night.

    "They were just Ducks coming into a pack of wild Dawgs," reiterated Reggie Williams, who pulled in seven catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.

    Any way you slice it, this was no ordinary win for this football program. More than just another tally in the win column, it was the type of game that seemed to restore life into each and every member of the team.

    All the concerns about the future, about life after Cody and Reggie, about returning to Husky football? They won't be as dire after this game, as the Husky nation got a first-hand look at what to expect from young players who will contribute not only next year and beyond, but for the remainder of this season.

    Nobody was that more true of than Casey Paus, who came through in grand fashion when called upon. The Huskies outscored the Ducks 35-0 with the sophomore in charge.

    "It felt good to get in there again," said Paus, who entered the game after Cody Pickett took a hit to the head late in the first half. "Everybody rallied around me and showed that they had confidence in me. I was having a lot of fun out there."

    Paus admitted to feeling a bit nervous at first, but said once he got hit once and threw his first pass all the worries went away.

    Helping his cause was Kenny James, who busted a 56-yard run down the north sideline to lead the Huskies into the red zone on Paus' first drive. The drop-back quarterback responded by finding Charles Frederick for his first career touchdown pass, a 10-yarder over the middle of the field.

    "I was coming across the field and nobody was there and I was waiting for Casey to throw me the ball," said Frederick, who unexpectedly started after injuring his shoulder and ribs against USC. "I felt if he got me the ball I could score. He got me the ball, and I had to beat one guy. I made a move and beat him."

    Down 22-10, Oregon looked to be getting back in the game when Paus and the Huskies were facing third-and-29 at their own 37-yard-line. But the backup quarterback found Reggie Williams wide open on a post route, rifled the pass his way, and let No. 1 do the rest. The junior receiver outran the Ducks to the endzone for a 29-10 lead.

    On Oregon's next offensive possession, Greg Carothers picked a fumble by Ducks' quarterback Kellen Clemens in the air and dashed 55 yards for another Husky score.

    The rout was on.

    "We were running a strike off the edge," said Carothers, the Huskies' senior outside linebacker, on his fumble return. "He wanted to throw it and it slipped out of his hand and I was right there. The play slid the other way so no one was on my side to block me to the ball."

    Ahead 36-10, the Huskies went to the ground game to chew up some time off the clock. Even that, on this memorable night in Montlake, somehow managed to turn into points. Facing a third-and-five at their own 23-yard-line, Washington went to Shelton Sampson on a run play that looked congested at first, then turned into a 77-yard sprint and score for the freshman from Lakewood.

    "I was just trying to get open," said Sampson. "The defender was coming at me and I wanted to get to the outside."

    He did just that, finding open space and making a pack of Duck defenders miss, then outrunning the pack for his third score of the game.

    "I just try to play with confidence and leave it all out on the field," Sampson said. "Hopefully that shows."

    Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes put the cherry on top of this Husky win late in the fourth quarter, decking Oregon free safety Keith Lewis on a run play. Lewis, who guaranteed an Oregon victory before the game, retaliated with a punch and both were assessed personal fouls.

    "I thought it was a fair play because I got hit in my back a few plays before and nothing was called," said Barnes. "I hit him, and he didn't like it so he came and tried to punch me in my face. I'm not going to let that happen."

    The Huskies improve to 5-4 with the win and sit in second-place in the Pac-10. A season that once seemed so bleak has changed into one with promise and bowl game possibilities.

    That, Husky fans, is what a 32-point margin of victory over Oregon can do for your football program.

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