Ducks streamroll Huskies in 55-34 win
SEATTLE -- Oregon piled up 465 yards on the ground and 661 total yards in a see-saw battle with Washington.
Jonathan Stewart ran for a career-high 251 yards on 32 carries and scored twice. He came in averaging between 16 and 17 carries per game and nearly doubled that output against the Huskies.
Despite all of Oregon's offense, the Ducks didn't finish off Washington until the fourth quarter. The Huskies were only seven points behind until quarterback Dennis Dixon scored on a 13 yard run.
"We had to fight through adversity a little bit," Stewart said.
Both defenses surrendered touchdown after touchdown as both offenses ran virtually unopposed for much of the game. The Huskies could never seemingly stop the run while the Ducks' allowed Washington quarterback Jake Locker to set career highs with 257 passings yards, four touchdowns and also ran for 78 yards.
It wasn't until an interception by Oregon cornerback Jairus Byrd in the third quarter, was Oregon able to slow down some of Washington's momentum.
"I knew we needed a play at the moment because the momentum was changing at the time," Byrd said.
Oregon should be delighted with the win considering it was yet another weekend when multiple top-10 BCS teams lost. Oregon (6-1 overall, 3-1 Pac-10) should vault from its No. 10 BCS spot over South Carolina, South Florida and Kentucky - teams that all lost this week.
"This is a statement game," Byrd said. "A lot of people had questions of how we were going to react (to the injuries)."
Washington remains winless in the Pac-10 with a record of 2-5 overall.
Player of the Game: Stewart would be the obvious choice, but I'll go with the offense line. They not only paved the way for the marquee running back, but helped Andre Crenshaw run for his first 100-yard game and Dennis Dixon came one yard short of the century mark with 99. As a team, the Ducks ran the ball 62 times for 465 yards, six touchdowns and averaged 7.5 yard per carry. Those are obscene numbers and should garner national attention for the Ducks' line as one of the best in the country.
Play of the Game: Neither team featured many defensive highlights, but a third-quarter interception by Jairus Byrd may have been the turning point in the game that saw leads vanish nearly every drive. After Byrd's interception at the six-yard line in Oregon territory, the Ducks' offense scored four touchdowns and a field goal in its final five possessions and sealed the win.
What's next?: The Ducks will take on USC in Eugene, Ore. in what will be a battle for Pac-10 supremacy next Saturday while Washington is at home against Arizona.