After almost a decade of dominance within the conference, OR (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) is limping into Saturday’s rivalry game against the No. 5 Huskies (5-0, 2-0) with a three-game losing streak, while Washington is rising in its third year under Chris Petersen. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
OR coach Mark Helfrich hasn’t named a starter publicly, but has said that the Ducks have “clarity” about the quarterback situation internally.
Washington beat OR, 70-21, for the first time in the rivalry since 2003, and won at Autzen Stadium for the first time since 2002.
OR answered when Herbert threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to running back Tony Brooks-James to get within 28-7. Browning answered with a 44-yard touchdown pass to running back Jomon Dotson to push the lead to 63-21. Not after sophomore quarterback Jake Browning accounted for eight touchdowns (six TD passes, two TD runs, a “ridiculously good” performance, according to Pettis) and the Huskies piled up 682 yards.
The Huskies are surely preparing for either player.
“We came in here today with a little chip on our shoulder”, Washington coach Chris Petersen said.
“(People) are probably thinking that we just came out of the woodwork”, Huskies linebacker Keishawn Bierria said. Who knows who plays on either side of the ball?
“I think he’d probably be the first to tell you”, Petersen said of Gaskin, “when the big fellas up front can cover guys up, he’s such a patient guy, you kind of saw him getting back to that, then you’ll find that crease and he has deceptive speed and he can go. Things are back to the way they should be”.
That did it. A College Football Playoff appearance shouldn’t be the hope anymore – it should be the expectation.
Browning spent the rest of the game gashing Oregon’s helpless defense, except for when UW tailback Myles Gaskin was gashing Oregon’s helpless defense. “Yes”, the coach said. “We have to stop Royce Freeman“.
Washington’s 70 points are its most in a game since the 1931 team waxed Whitman 77-0, and the most in the post-World War II era, breaking the mark set in a 66-0 shellacking of OR in 1974.
LOS ANGELES – Tyler Petite caught his second touchdown pass from Sam Darnold with 8:28 to play, and USC overcame four turnovers to earn a 21-17 victory over No. 21 Colorado on Saturday.
UW’s defense matches up well against the Ducks’ offense. It’s just that the previous year and a half have made it appear that the tide is turning against OR, whether it’s because of the more inconsistent output of the offense, particularly at quarterback, OR the increasingly dire situation on defense.
After the game, Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich said, “We have to be accountable and this is not how we want to represent ourselves”, Helfrich also said that he thought the fans were outstanding, and is apologetic for the score. Conversely, Washington’s demonstrated a knack for long runs, like Lavon Coleman’s breakaway touchdown in the fourth quarter at Arizona, and deep passes from quarterback Jake Browning to wide receiver John Ross.
The Ducks are giving up 280 yards per game through the air.
The Huskies mauled OR 70-21, and Helfrich is now in survival mode entering the second half of a season that has unraveled with four consecutive losses. We had our shots early to win a couple games that didn’t go our way.
And losses like we saw Saturday night are going to do nothing to help recruiting.
OR came flying out the gates and controlled the tempo of the match from the very start. Schwan kept powering the Huskies, tallying her 21st kill of the day to make it 22-10, Washington.
Washington poses problems for whomever the Ducks name as starter. Barnes needed four overtimes, so Browning is the first to account for eight in regulation, and he didn’t play the final 10 minutes.
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Washington (5-0) out gained the Cardinal 424 yards to 213 yards, and held Stanford to just 29 yards on the ground.
The pick: Washington, 38-24. OR won its first two games but has since gone on to lose the next three to drop to a 2-3 record for the year. He has scored a touchdown in 11 of 18 career games.
2 – Tyree Robinson, DB (6-4, 205, jr.): 27 tackles, three pass breakups. A normally crisp team had 12 penalties for 89 yards.