Common Opponents - Washington
Thursday, November 26, 8:00 a.m. PST
In the eight days leading up to the Civil War, Duck Feed is serving up a comparison of how the Ducks and Beavers have fared against their eight common opponents this season. Wazzu was first, now we take on the Huskies.
Oregon faced UW first, winning in a 43-19 laugher at Husky Stadium on Oct. 24. Oregon State destroyed Washington, routing the Dawgs by a 48-21 count Nov. 14 at Reser Stadium..
How it Went Down
Despite being favored by the oddsmakers, the Ducks were facing a Washington team that was a trendy upset pick among national and Pac-10 media. UW scored the game's first points on a field goal and shutout UO in the first quarter, but by the time the fourth quarter rolled around the Ducks were up by 30.
The Beavers outperformed the Huskies from the opening kick, building an insurmountable 41-7 cushion through three quarters.
There were actually two key plays of note for the Ducks. The first was Rory Cavaille's block of a punt that resulted in Tyrell Irvin's recovery for a touchdown in the end zone for UO's first points and first lead. The second was Nate Costa's 7-yard run on 4th-and-5, when the Ducks were lined up for a field goal try, setting up a Jeremiah Masoli 1-yard TD run and a 15-3 lead.
OSU had little trouble with UW in the early going, but the Huskies did manage a late first-half touchdown drive to pull within two scores with 2:21 until the break. Sean Canfield and the Beavers quashed any possible momentum by going on a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive in 1:51, keyed by a 19-yard completion from Canfield to Aaron Nichols on 3rd-and-10 from the OSU 30-yard line.
For the Ducks, LaMichael James carried 15 times for 154 yards (10.3 ypc) and two touchdowns, including a 56-yarder.
The Beavers were paced by Canfield, who completed 21-of-29 for 185 yards and four TDs.
Both Oregon and Oregon State had 19 first downs vs. UW. UO fumbled four times and lost only one, OSU fumbled five times and lost one. Each team registered four sacks.
The Ducks netted 259 rushing yards compared to 178 for the Beavers. UW gained 395 yards of total offense vs. UO and only 274 against the Beavs.
The 2009 Huskies are a defensively challenged team that stood little chance against two of the Pac-10's top offenses.