by Rob Moseley
SEATTLE — Lately, Bralon Addison and superhero references just seem to go together.
For the second straight week, Addison teamed with Josh Huff to give Oregon a dynamic receiving duo in Saturday's 45-24 win at Washington. Addison and Huff — who shook off a scary ankle injury in the second quarter — accounted for 14 receptions, 264 yards and three touchdowns against the Huskies, giving them a combined 525 yards and seven touchdowns in the last two weeks.
The Ducks needed those big plays from their remaining weapons, as they played for the second straight week without running back De'Anthony Thomas, and for the first time without departed tight end Colt Lyerla.
"It's like the Avengers missing the Hulk," Addison said of Thomas' absence. "That guy's such a big part of our offense, we knew we had to step up and do what we can to win this game for him."
Thomas, who sprained his ankle on the opening kickoff against Cal on Sept. 28 and didn't play last week at Colorado, took the field and warmed up for Saturday's game. But he knew he wasn't going to play, he said.
"I felt pretty good, just going out there trying to warm my body up," Thomas said. "Just trying to get ready for when I come back."
With Thomas out, Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner again filled in capably out of the backfield. The duo accounted for 31 carries and 163 yards, with two Marshall touchdowns.
They had most of their success after halftime, once Addison and Huff had helped soften up the UW defense.
"They played man (coverage) so they could stop our run, and we know our run is a big part of our offense," said Addison, who turned 20 on Saturday. "We knew if we could create some matchup problems in their secondary, it would help our backs get loose in the run."
Did Addison and Huff ever create come matchup problems. Addison's 43-yard reception set up Oregon's first touchdown, and he had a 38-yard catch to spark the drive that ended with his first of two touchdowns on the day. Huff scored on a 65-yard reception in the third quarter, and Addison reached the end zone again in the fourth.
Huff's touchdown after halftime was among the day's most pleasant surprises for Oregon. He left the field after a teammate rolled into his right leg early in the second quarter, a play that looked quite serious to those watching on television.
Medical staff attended to Huff for several minutes on the sideline, as he writhed in pain. Huff was ultimately taken to the UW training room for an X-ray, which showed no serious damage.
Huff iced the ankle at halftime, then spent the last few minutes of the break running and cutting as doctors looked on.
"They didn't want me to go, but I insisted, if I was able to go out and warm up and show them I felt good," Huff said.
The injury spurred UO coaches to remove Huff from the kickoff return team, where he filled in for Thomas to start Saturday's game. After the touchdown, he was even allowed to resume those duties.
"That just made my day, to know the coaches still have trust in me even when I'm injured," Huff said.
His day was made, and so too were those of the UO coaches and players, thanks in part to the efforts of the Ducks' dynamic duo of Huff and Addison.