The Oregon Ducks played host to the Washington Huskies Saturday night, and with the world watching, the squad from Eugene showed yet again why they’re the No. 2 team in the country.
The UO-UW rivalry is one of the more vicious traditions is the Northwest, but with another big victory in week six, the Ducks continue to own the series in dominant fashion.
Although Oregon turned the ball over on their first possession, they responded well by taking a 21-0 lead into the second quarter. The game was never truly in question, as the Ducks routed the Huskies 52-21.
Offensive Game Ball
Marcus Mariota played this game with a confidence that allowed the team to escape adversity early. The redshirt freshman threw a pick on his first possession, but he was able to turn around and throw two scores in the first quarter.
The composure displayed by Marcus Mariota was massively important in Oregon’s trouncing of the Huskies. On a botched snap in the first half, Mariota ran for a first down on a broken play when it was third and long.
His ability to get outside the pocket and make plays was crucial, but his willingness to hold the ball and challenge defenders was what led him to making the right plays over and over again.
De’Anthony Thomas was a man on a mission from the game’s onset, but the quarterback is the one who kept momentum rolling en route to a 31-point victory.
Defensive Game Ball
Following the Ducks’ second score of the game, cornerback Avery Patterson quickly picked off Washington quarterback Keith Price for six more points.
Patterson had an eerily similar play against Washington State last weekend. He’s been extremely reliable up to this point, and he’s a big reason why the Ducks have had such a powerful defense through six weeks of football.
Boseko Lakombo and Brian Jackson teamed up to force and recover a fumble in the second quarter, but Patterson’s consistent play earned him his second-straight defensive game ball.
Special Teams Game Ball
The Ducks’ offense was struggling early in the first quarter when B.J. Kelly collected a muffed punt in Oregon territory.
After two Ducks failed to fall on the ball, B.J. Kelly ran in, chased it down and snatched it up to regain the possession.
Oregon went on to score the first points of the game, and they never looked back.
- Marcus Mariota—15/24 198 YDS 4 TD 1 INT
- Kenjon Barner—20 CAR 122 YDS 6.1 AVG 0 TD
- De’Anthony Thomas—10 CAR 75 YDS 7.5 AVG 1 TD
- Keanon Lowe—1 REC 21 YRDS 12.0 AVG 1 TD
- Colt Lyerla— 3 REC 71 YRDS 23.7 AVG 2 TD