Oregon is hosting Washington in an important Pac-12 primetime game. The Ducks were ranked sixth in the second College Football Playoff rankings of the season, while the Huskies were 25th.
Washington scored on consecutive drives to open the game, this time on a 30-yard field goal from Peyton Henry. The Huskies made it down to Oregon’s 7-yard line and had an opportunity to go for it on fourth-and-1, but a false start penalty pushed them back 5 yards.
After failing to capitalize on an Alphonzo Tuputala fumble recovery, Oregon scored its first touchdown of the game on a 10-yard rush from quarterback Bo Nix and evened the score at 10.
Henry later connected on another field goal for Washington to break the tie and send the Huskies to halftime with a 13-10 lead.
It was dicey, but Washington escapes without allowing any points on the final possession of the half. Huskies lead 13-10 at halftime, but have to feel like they left some critical points out there.
— Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) November 13, 2022
The Washington Huskies marched down the field on their first possession of the game for a 12-play, 75-yard drive that concluded with a 13-yard rushing touchdown from Wayne Taulapapa. Washington struck first, taking a 7-0 lead.
Oregon responded with a 10-play, 40-yard drive of their own — without a touchdown. The Ducks settled for a 43-yard field goal from Camden Lewis.
The Huskies lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Editor’s note: Following is our pregame coverage of tonight’s game:
Washington leads the all-time series 60-48-5, but Oregon entered Saturday on a three-game winning streak against the Huskies. The Ducks won last year’s game 26-16 in Seattle.
This is the Huskies’ first trip to Eugene since 2018. Washington is looking for its first win against Oregon since a 38-3 rout in 2017.
A pair of first-year head coaches at their respective programs in Washington’s Kalen DeBoer and Oregon’s Dan Lanning meet for the first time. DeBoer, 48, was 12-6 in two seasons at Fresno State before taking the UW job. From 2005 to 2009, he won three NAIA championships as the coach at Sioux Falls.
Lanning, 36, spent the previous four seasons on Georgia’s staff, coordinating the defense for the national champion Bulldogs in 2021.
Get ready for a lot of offense.
Washington takes one of the top passing offenses in the country to Autzen Stadium. The Huskies lead FBS with 370.2 yards per game through the air and had topped 300 in every game until last week. They’ll be a tough matchup for an Oregon defense that ranks 105th in stop rate.
Oregon can score, too, with a run game that ranks fifth nationally in yards per carry (5.8) and a passing attack averaging 289.3 yards per game. Washington’s pass defense, in particular, has struggled, allowing a Pac-12 worst 170.6 quarterback rating in conference play.
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix is in the Heisman Trophy conversation: He got one first-place vote and finished seventh in The Athletic’s straw poll this week. The Auburn transfer has completed 73.3 percent of his passes with 2,495 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions, plus another 13 rushing touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Troy Franklin has 39 catches for 636 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensive backs Christian Gonzalez and Trikweze Bridges lead the Ducks with three interceptions apiece. Linebacker DJ Johnson has six sacks.
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., an Indiana transfer, has an FBS-leading 3,232 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. Sophomore receivers Rome Odunze (57 receptions, 858 yards) and Jalen McMillan (49 receptions, 670 yards) are the main targets.
The Huskies have 26 sacks in nine games, second-most in the Pac-12, led by sophomore Bralen Trice (6 1/2) and Texas A&M transfer Jeremiah Martin (six).
(Photo of Bucky Irving: Troy Wayrynen / USA Today)