UW Breakdown

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Turning point

  • Oregon reserve tailback Allan Amundson scored on a 6-yard sweep with 2:05 left in the first half to put Washington into a 17-3 hole going into the locker room.


  • In the first quarter, UO fullback Josh Line caught a 22-yard pass to the UW 10 and was bashed by safety Greg Carothers as soon as he caught it. Line stayed on the turf for three minutes, but returned a series later.

    Craziest play

  • Oregon’s Keenan Howry returned a punt in the second quarter 45 yards to the Husky 1-yard line, but it came back because of offsetting penalties. Washington was flagged for interference and Oregon was whistled for an illegal block. The play was re-kicked.


  • Most telling stat: Twelve of the Huskies’ 15 possessions started at or inside their own 20-yard line. In the first half, the Huskies’ average starting position was their own 16-yard line. Of their seven first-half possessions, six started at or inside their own 20.

  • Worst penalty: Howry returned a punt 70 yards to the Husky 10 in the first quarter, but an illegal-block penalty brought it back to the Oregon 12.

  • Most blatant penalty: On a punt, UW’s Curtis Williams leveled Howry before the ball got to the Duck returner. Inexplicably, Williams was called for a mere 5-yard penalty for not giving Howry the opportunity to make the catch.

  • Best run: On third-and-3 at the Duck 19, Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington kept the ball, slipped two shoddy tackles and ran 31 yards to midfield.

  • Best run II: UO’s Maurice Morris broke three tackles en route to a 39-run to the Washington 9-yard line.

  • Best punt: UO’s Kurtis Doerr hit a 37-yard kick that was downed at the Washington 2-yard line in the third quarter.

  • Most damaging penalty: Harrington carried 6 yards to the Husky 6 in the third quarter. On the play, Oregon was whistled for holding, but Washington was called for a late hit, and the Ducks had the ball, first-and-10, at the UW 14. Three plays later, Harrington scored on a 1-yard sneak, giving Oregon a 23-3 lead.


  • “Their punter was probably the best I’ve ever seen in terms of keeping us pinned down.” – UW coach Rick Neuheisel.

  • “You don’t want to pitch the ball around when you’re inside your 5.” – UW offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson, on why Washington didn’t try more option plays.

  • “When the running game isn’t working, you have to work the passing game, but it just wasn’t working for us today.” – UW tackle Elliot Silvers.

  • “You can’t audible here. You don’t want to even try. No one can hear. Forget it.” – Gilbertson, on the noise level at Autzen Stadium.

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