Washington outmatched by Oregon at home

It's been six years since Washington has come out on top of Oregon in a football game and things didn't change today as the Ducks manhandled the Dawgs 43-19 in front of 67,809 fans at Husky Stadium.

Oregon got a big day on the ground from RB LaMichael James who had 151 yards and two touchdowns while QB Jeremiah Masoli was effective as well, running for 65 more and two scores and completing 14 of 22 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown as well and beat Washington for the sixth-straight time, a record for consecutive wins by the Ducks in the series.

Washington's much-maligned defense actually held the Ducks scoreless in the first quarter, the first time all season that feat had been accomplished and the Huskies actually carried a 3-0 lead into the second quarter on Erik Folk's 33-yarder after their second series.

However, the Oregon special teams, which has been solid all season, stepped up and blocked P Will Mahan's punt attempt from the Husky 31 and the ball was recovered in the endzone by DE Tyrell Irvin. They were able to add a two-point conversion when backup QB Nate Costa ran it in from two yards out from Oregon's crazy extra-point formation giving the Ducks an 8-3 lead.

Oregon's defense then did to Washington's offense what the Husky defense has been so good at, surrendering points between the 20's and then holding tough near the goal line as the Huskies failed yet again on fourth-and-goal from the Oregon two on their ensuing drive, capped when S Javes Lewis intercepted Locker's ill-conceived pass in the back of the endzone.

Masoli then led the Ducks on an impressive 15-play, 80-yard drive that was extended twice by big plays from the visitors from Eugene. The first big play came when Masoli, facing third-and-25 from his own 48, dropped back and hit TE David Paulson for 32 yards over Husky LB Donald Butler.

The second big play occurred when Oregon lined up for an apparent 32-yard field goal attempt and Costa, who is the holder, took the ball and rushed left gaining seven yards on fourth-and-five, setting up Masoli's easy two-yard touchdown run, giving the Ducks a 15-3 lead.

Washington and Oregon then exchanged possessions and with 1:06 left on the clock the Huskies marched the ball to their own 45 and QB Jake Locker appeared to hit WR James Johnson for 10 yards as time ran out. However, the officials reviewed the play to see if one second still remained on the clock when the play was blown dead and the Huskies were awarded another play, this one from the Oregon 45.

On the ensuing play, Locker was sacked for what appeared to be a 10 yard loss that would end the half, however DT Brandon Bair got his second 15-yard personal foul for an illegal hands to the face penalty, allowing Washington to bring Folk on for a 47-yard attempt which the sophomore made, sending the teams into the locker room with the Huskies trailing 15-6.

Like their game against UCLA two weeks ago, Oregon absolutely put the pedal to the metal in the third quarter and scoring three times.

After Washington was unable to do something with their first drive on the second half, Masoli led Oregon on a three-play, 53 yard drive capped when he took it over from three yards out and then hit Drew Davis on their next possession on a 16-yard touchdown pass while James capped the scoring run of the quarter off with a five-yard touchdown run.

Washington did make the score at least a little more respectable in the fourth quarter by getting two late touchdowns, but James also added a 53-yard touchdown going untouched down the Washington sideline for their final points of the day.

Locker struggled most of the day with his accuracy, completing 23 of 45 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown, but he was also picked off twice inside the Oregon five. RB Chris Polk managed to post 101 yards rushing and one touchdown against a defense that had allowed 2.8 yards per rush on the season and wideouts Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar combined to haul in 10 receptions for 159 yards while Johnson added seven receptions for 67 yards and the one touchdown.

The Huskies will now get their first break, a bye, of the season next weekend before heading on the road the following two weeks.


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