by Rob Moseley
SEATTLE — Recently UO running backs coach Gary Campbell was reminiscing with another long-tenured member of the Oregon coaching staff.
Well, dwelling may be a more appropriate verb, given the subject matter: Washington's previous dominance of the Ducks, to the tune of 17 wins in a 20-game stretch beginning in 1974.
"Remember when they used to just kick our butts all the time?" Campbell was asked.
"Yeah, I remember that very well," he responded. "But times have changed. And we hope we never go back to that again."
Campbell recounted the story Saturday evening after Oregon's 45-24 win at Husky Stadium. It was the Ducks' 10th straight win over UW, extending the longest winning streak by either team in the history of the series.
Oregon's "decade of dominance" has included nine wins by at least 20 points, including the latest on Saturday.
"It's extremely gratifying, having been here in five decades and coming from very humble beginnings," UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. "And I don't ever forget that. But to where we are now, the feeling of 10 straight? It's awesome. And this was a dog fight today."
The recent history of the series has helped illustrate the rise of Oregon's program, while Washington looks to rekindle its former status as a national powerhouse. There's no secret to the Ducks' success, Campbell said; it's about having good players.
"We've gotten better and better and better," Campbell said. "Recruiting has gotten better; the kind of players we're getting now are better. They buy in to what we're doing. The program has just really grown."
Greatwood said "belief" from the players has also been ample over the last decade.
"They're not intimidated by anything or fazed by anything," Greatwood said. "They get everybody's best shot every week, and whether it's Washington, USC, it doesn't matter."
Late in Saturday's game, a chant came up from the Oregon section high up in the south grandstand of Husky Stadium.
"Ten more years! Ten more years!"
Clearly, the UO faithful are enjoying the fact tables have turned in the rivalry. And Greatwood is on the same page.
"Let's try to get 20," the UO assistant said.