The Fifth Quarter - Oregon

SEATTLE - At the Fifth Quarter, we pick up all the loose ends from Saturday night's game between Oregon and Washington, and there were a lot of loose ends. We will have stat links, as well as a list of the game's 'best of', turning points, odd notes, and everything else you'd need to know about the Ducks' 55-34 win at Husky Stadium.

The final full statistics of the game can be found here.

Offensive Player of the Game - Jake Locker. The maturation of Jake Locker is on an uptick. He found a couple of players deep, and made UO pay when he was supposed to get passes to open receivers. I'd still like to see him run the ball a little more and put the focus on himself as the catalyst, as opposed to the distributor - but I think that'll come in time. 335 yards total offense is enough to get Jake the nod on Saturday. Runner-up: Louis Rankin/Anthony Russo.

Defensive Player of the Game - Darin Harris. Clearly it's going to be hard to single out one player for standout work on a night where the Husky defense surrendered 661 yards of offense, but Harris provided a tough mentality and never backed down from Jonathan Stewart when going head-to-head on a run, and he did it during a week where he had to switch positions - never an easy thing to do. He led the Huskies with 15 tackles. Runner-up: Byron Davenport.

Turning point - Jairus Byrd's interception. It seemed innocuous at the time, and in fact was one of those things that wouldn't have bothered a lot of people. Since Byrd picked Locker off at the Ducks' 6-yard line, it could have been taken as - if anything - a substitute for a good punt. But what was the killer was the change in possession. The Huskies had just scored on their earlier possession to start the third quarter and it looked like they were in prime position to move in on another score after back-to-back first downs on the next series. The UW defense had just forced an Oregon punt, but no one at the time knew it was going to be the last punt for the Ducks for the rest of the game. From the pick on, UO marched 94 yards for a touchdown and never looked back. The Huskies gamely tied the game on their next possession, but that 94-yard drive served notice that Oregon could move the ball at will against a worn-down and mentally battered UW defense.

Play of the Game - Rankin's score. Rankin's touchdown was huge in so many ways for the Huskies. First of all, it got UW off the schneid in terms of not being able to come out of halftime with firepower. Secondly, it tied the game, which was huge. It turned the momentum, and the defense was able to force a punt on the very next possession. If UW scores on that next series, who knows what might have happened. Third, it was the very first successful screen pass for Jake Locker, and the first one he's been able to complete. I can see the screen becoming a weapon against teams trying to slow Jake's feet down.

Unit of the game - Running Backs. Granted, this 'position' was really just Rankin, but when they did call his number, he averaged over six-and-a-half yards a carry. And in fact, the UW offense averaged basically the same as the UO offense did in yards per play - 7.2 to 7.0. Too bad UO ran 92 plays, to the UW's 60. And arguably their most efficient drive of the night - outside of the Russo touchdown - was when they ran five straight plays for 34 yards. Those five rushes set up a pretty pass from Locker to Marcel Reece for a 26-yard touchdown.

Assistant of the game - Trent Miles. Clearly he's gotten through to Rankin on a certain level so that Louis is running with more aggression, and also cutting while moving forward, instead of consistently dancing in the hole. This is the second week in a row that Rankin has run with a purpose, so here's hoping that will continue. The Huskies desperately need to have someone besides Locker to go to in the run game, and when Rankin disappears, it's a death-blow. I'll also give a nod here to UW OC Tim Lappano, who was on the sidelines for the first time all season long. I know it was done so that Locker and Lappano could directly communicate during the game, but since Lappano is directing the offense it stands to reason that Lappano also helped to get Rankin in a position to have success getting down the field.

Stat of the game - Well, the 661 total yards given up is an easy place to start with. The 465 rushing yards given up is also another easy one.

Note of the game - There are all sorts of good notes - record-setting notes - to use, so here goes...

- Locker's 83-yard TD pass to Anthony Russo tied for the 4th-longest pass play in UW history. It was also the 4th-longest, one-play scoring drive in UW history.

- Russo now has a catch in 31 consecutive games. He also set a career-high with 127 yards receiving.

- Byron Davenport's pick at the end of the first half gives UW eight interceptions on the year - all by different players.

- Rankin finished the game with 248 all-purpose yards; 132 in kickoff returns, 73 yards rushing and 43 yards receiving.

- Locker set a season (and career) high with 257 yards passing.

- The four touchdown plays for UW (83, 26, 43 and 38) accounted for 190 yards.

- The Ducks set an all-time team rushing record with 465 yards (previous high was 446 vs. WSU in 2001).

- Jonathan Stewart's 251 rushing yards were second all-time at UO. The school record is 285 yards by Onterrio Smith, against WSU. Stewart now ranks 9th all-time at UO with 2,109 yards.

- With Andre Crenshaw running for 113 yards, Oregon had two 100+ rushers for the first time since Onterrio Smith and Maurice Morris did it against WSU in 2001.

- It was UO's first win at Husky Stadium since 1997.

- No current UO player had ever played at Husky Stadium prior to Saturday night.

- Oregon rushed for more than 300 yards for the 4th time in seven games. Top Stories