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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

UW game day: Huskies vs. Oregon

Chris Petersen and the Huskies, coming off a 31-7 win at Cal last week, are back on the road again today. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Chris Petersen and the Huskies, coming off a 31-7 win at Cal last week, are back on the road again today. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW GAME DAY

Huskies (5-1, 1-1) at No. 9 Oregon (5-1, 2-1)
5 p.m. today at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.

TV: Fox Sports 1. Radio: KOMO AM-1000, FM-97.7.

LATEST LINE: Oregon is favored by 20.5 points.

GAME PREVIEW: To stop the streak, UW must first stop the run.

SECOND-HALF TARGET: UW tight end Joshua Perkins will have to sit out the first half against Oregon after he was called for a targeting foul in the fourth quarter of UW’s victory at Cal last week. “It’s an NCAA rule,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “If they review it and they say it’s targeting, then you can’t go back and overturn it later.” Perkins had made his season debut against Cal, returning from an unspecified injury, and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cyler Miles — the first TD by a Husky tight end this season.

RIVA OUT AGAIN: Petersen does not expect UW senior right tackle Ben Riva to play vs. Oregon. Riva returned from a knee injury to make his second start of the season at Cal, but then injured his ankle on the third play of the game and did not return. “No better luck for Ben,” Petersen said. “Same ol’ luck he’s been having.” Redshirt freshman Coleman Shelton is expected to make his fifth start of the season at right tackle.

RUN IT AGAIN: The Huskies have struggled to maintain a consistent rushing attack, and their average of 4.10 yards per rush ranks ninth in the Pac-12. Petersen described he run game as “adequate” this week. “I would like our O-line to keep guys covered up a little bit more and give our backs a chance to maybe break some arm tackles,” he said. UW’s had only one 100-yard rushing game by one back this season (Lavon Coleman against Eastern Washington).

TURNOVER MARGIN: UW remains No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin at plus-14, having committed only one turnover in six games while gaining 15 takeaways. Oregon has been good at protecting the ball, too. The Ducks have committed just three turnovers, and their plus-9 turnover margin is tied for fifth in the nation.

UW players to watch

QB Cyler Miles: 9 TD/0 INT
RB Dwayne Washington: 4.0 yards per carry
NT Danny Shelton: 7 sacks
LB Shaq Thompson: 5 TDs

Oregon players to watch

QB Marcus Mariota: 17 TD/0 INT
RB Royce Freeman: 5.5 yards per carry
WR Devon Allen: 6 TD
LB Erick Dargan: 3 INT

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