Ducks Win Eighth Straight Over UW

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Recaps/Previews

With a 34-17 victory, Oregon stretches its recent dominance of the UO/UW Border War to eight straight, the longest streak by either team in the 111-year history of the series.

Turnovers were a huge factor early on, with the Ducks capitalizing on two first half takeaways. Overall, the defense looked stronger than it has perhaps all year, nabbing two interceptions, a fumble, and six sacks. Washington gained less than 400 yards of offense for only the second time this season.

Darron Thomas continued to overthrow several targets, but he was also victimized by some easy drops by his wideouts, namely Daryle Hawkins who failed to reel in 3 or 4 including one in the endzone. I really don’t understand why tight end David Paulson isn’t untilized more often. He’s big, runs good routes, and has surer hands than anyone else in the recieving corps aside from De’Anthony Thomas. Speaking of ‘Snoop Dogg’s godson’: De’Anthony is a nasty, nasty freak on the football field, and finds a way to wow the crowd each and every week. By the time he leaves Oregon he will have given us some of the most electrifying highlights we’ve ever seen. In the meantime, he’s learning from the best running back in the country, LaMichael James, who is somewhat quietly averaging over 150 rushing yards per contest! What a stud.

Next up: Pac-12 Game of the Century – Oregon and Stanford battle in Palo Alto for a berth in the inaugural conference championship game, as well as a chance at an appearance in the BCS National Championship game. No biggie.

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