The Washington Huskies have now lost to the Oregon Ducks for 10 years. Oregon’s motto is ‘Win the Day’. After the game some were writing ‘Won the Decade’. Huskies Quarterback Keith Price kept it interesting in the first quarter by matching Oregon and the period ended 7-7. The mentality in the room where I was sitting seemed to have the right attitude. Someone said, “Good, finally a game that may be competetive and worth watching.” The game was competitive, it was also very physical. Several of the Ducks Offensive players were injured in the first half including Center Hroniss Grasu, Wide Receiver Josh Huff, whose injury looked season ending, and Quarterback Marcus Mariota looked to tweak his knee.
All three appeared to be ok and Huff miraculously was healed and scored a 65 yard touchdown to open the second half for the Ducks, which extended the lead to two touchdowns at 28-14 and shifted momentum for Oregon. Marcus Mariota showed the country why he is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy with another stellar performance against the Huskies.
I don’t have a Heisman vote but I’d be hard pressed to say we’ll see a better QB this year. That guy is special.
Washington Coach Steve Sarkesian on the play of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
For the game he was 24 for 31 and three touchdowns. He threw for 366 yards and played the full game. It was the first contest of 2013 that Mariota and the Offense played through the 4th quarter. Bralon Addison again was the go-to guy for Oregon. He had 8 receptions for 158 yards and two scores, one in the corner of the endzone that is worthy of Sportscenter. Not only was Oregon’s Offense up to the challenge for Washington but the Defense played their best game of the year in my opinion.
He was awesome. I haven’t seen the stats but he played really well. He played really smart and very productive. A bunch of guys made a bunch of plays for him too.
Oregon Ducks Coach Mark Helfrich on Mariota’s play vs Washington
In key third and fourth down situations Washington Quarterback Keith Price was either hurried and hit or sacked. The Huskies also had two turnovers in the game. Washington did have one bright spot in Running Back Bishop Sankey who ran for 167 yards and two scores but the issue was with the Husky Defense. Oregon seemed to have their way all afternoon, especially in the Red Zone.
Toward the third quarter when the defense was able to get a couple of stops and we were able to go down and score I think pushed the momentum our way.
Mariota on the Momentum of the game vs Washington
The final score, Oregon 45, Washington 24. A Decade of Dominance for the Ducks. A Healthy Keith Price gave it his best shot, but in the end the Husky Defense let him down. It is clear that Price and Mariota will end up in the NFL at some point. The battle between these two Quarterbacks will continue there and when they matchup against each other I’m sure I won’t be the only one watching.
The Oregon Ducks head back home to Autzen Stadium This Week to face Washington State(Saturday, 7pm, Fox Sports 1)