Links in the aftermath of Oregon’s 45-24 victory over Washington:
— Our game story: The Huskies played well for three quarters. Oregon wore them down in the fourth quarter, but Austin Seferian-Jenkins said, “This isn’t the end of our season.”
— Marcus Mariota slipped away from the Washington defense.
— A “decent” performance by Keith Price — injured thumb and all — wasn’t enough.
This time, the final score was 45-24, ruining a day in which the nation took its longest look at the Huskies in quite a while. ESPN’s “College GameDay” held its pregame show in Seattle for the first time, and crazy fun was had by all despite an early wake-up call. Playing in their snazzy renovated stadium, the No. 16 Huskies were set up to announce their re-emergence as a college football power and pluck nine years of Duck feathers from their psyche, too.
But there was one problem with this narrative: They actually had to beat the Ducks. Which is only the most difficult thing the Huskies have attempted to do the past decade.
— From Larry Stone:
Husky coach Steve Sarkisian said their game plan was to try to keep Mariota in the pocket. When he ran, the defense’s marching orders were to make sure they always had someone with their eyes on Mariota to swoop in for the tackle.
“Unfortunately, when that happened, he ran away from our guys that had their eyes on him,’’ Sarkisian said.
Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for 88 yards and another score. Every time the Huskies endeavored to get back into the game, Mariota willed the Ducks down the field, most notably with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff in the third quarter that one-upped a 60-yard Bishop Sankey scoring run moments earlier.
“We tried to catch him,’’ said Sarkisian. “We tried to spot him, we tried to blitz him, we tried to contain him, but he played a tremendous game.”
— From The News Tribune: That’s 10 in a row for Oregon over UW.
— From The UW Daily: An imperfect 10.
— From The AP: For the first time this season, Oregon was tested in the fourth quarter.
— From the Everett Herald: The Dawgs got collared.
— From USA Today: This is the deepest, most complete team Oregon has had.
— From SI.com: Mariota may well be the best player in the country.
— From Yahoo! Sports: This could be Oregon’s year.
— From The New York Times: It took a pack of reporters to finally slow down Mariota.