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October 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Oregon 45, Washington 20: Three impressions

1. Not ready for prime time: After demolishing California 31-7 last week, Washington had hopes of halting its 10-game losing streak to Oregon. However, this one got away from the Huskies in the second quarter when Oregon scored 21 unanswered points to take a 28-6 lead into halftime. Washington never mounted a serious comeback in the second half and its 45-20 defeat resembled so many others setbacks in this rivalry, in which Oregon had won the previous 10 games by at least 17 points. The Huskies were dominated on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they had difficulties finishing drives inside Oregon’s territory in the first quarter and didn’t do much of anything in the second quarter. Defensively, they couldn’t slow down junior quarterback Marcus Mariota (24-of-36 passing for 336 yards) or freshman running back Royce Freeman (169 yards and four touchdowns).

2. Blown early chances: Early in the first half, Washington could have jumped on Oregon early, but the Huskies squandered missed opportunities. Linebacker John Timu had his hands on a Mariota pass at the Oregon 20 and dropped a sure-fire interception that might have been returned for a touchdown on the opening drive. It was the only time UW forced a punt. On the ensuing driving, the Huskies drove to the Oregon 22 before the drive stalled and Washington settled for a 33-yard field goal. On their next drive, the Huskies marched to the Oregon 23, but only managed a 40-yard field goal.

3. Can’t stop the run: Washington entered the game allowing just 117 yards rushing per game. However, Oregon had 141 yards on the ground by halftime. Freeman darted untouched up the middle for a 37-yard touchdown with 8:28 left in the first quarter, which started the deluge. Whenever Oregon needed a first down, Freeman wiggled free for a big gain. Oregon finished with 218 yards rushing.

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