Oregon took the field with a purpose on Saturday night; to start fast and finish strong. That purpose was met as the Ducks hammered #23 Washington 52-21. The Ducks jumped out to a 21-0 lead powered by the running game mostly, while the defense also pitched in another score. De’Anthony Thomas began the scoring with a 16 yeard TD run that left Huskies defenders juked and spun to the ground. Ducks DB Avery Patterson stepped in front of a Keith Price, didn’t break stride, and took it into the end zone for a 43 yard interception return TD to make the score 21-0 late in the 1st quarter. After a powerful 1st quarter the Ducks never looked back. Redshirt Freshman QB Marcus Mariota continued his steady play and tossed 4 touchdown passes on the night. Tight End Colt Lyerla hauled in two TD’s while Keanon Lowe and Josh Huff accounted for the other two.
By halftime the Ducks had a 37-7 lead and it wasn’t much Washington could really do about it.
The ground game for the Ducks continued to gain yards. Going into the game they ranked 6th averaging 303 yards per game; they gained 299 yards on the ground against Washington. They finished the game with 497 total yards.
With a 6-0 start to the season the Ducks get the opportunity to rest up a bit during a bye week. No doubt they will begin to focus on their next opponent, Arizona St. Oregon takes the field again on Oct. 18 at Arizona St.; a Thursday night ESPN game that hasn’t been particularly kind to road teams.