Washington Falls to Oregon, 26-16
SEATTLE (AP) -- Travis Dye rushed for a career-high 211 yards and a touchdown, Anthony Brown ran for a score and passed for another and No. 7 Oregon overcame a sluggish start to beat Washington 26-16 on Saturday night at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium.
A year after the border rivals didn't play due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Huskies program, the Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) fell behind early before running off 21 consecutive points and beat Washington.
Brown threw a 31-yard TD pass to Devon Williams late in the first half to take a 10-9 lead at the break and scored on a 2-yard run early in the third quarter. Dye appeared to provide the capper when he rumbled 19 yards for a score on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Ducks a 24-9 lead.
Washington's offense went the length of the field and pulled to 24-16 with 11:13 remaining on Sean McGrew's second TD run.
Oregon was able to grind nearly nine minutes off the clock even though they didn't score. The drive was helped by a long run from Dye and Brown hitting Johnny Johnson III for 13 yards on a third-and-10. It was Johnson's only catch after he was suspended for the first half following a targeting ejection last week.
On a chilly night, the Ducks avoided the kind of stumble that befell Michigan State earlier in the day and should give Oregon the chance of moving up in the College Football Playoff rankings. Oregon was No. 4 in the first rankings and remained in control of the Pac-12 North.
Washington had won two straight on the road, but its offense missed a couple chances to create a cushion after taking a 9-3 lead.
Carson Bruener intercepted Brown's pass on Oregon's opening drive and returned it 50 yards to the 7. In less than three minutes Washington had a 7-0 lead after McGrew scored on a 1-yard run and the Huskies added a safety shortly after for a 9-3 lead.
But Washington failed to extend the lead. Washington punted twice on fourth-and-short near midfield. Morris was intercepted in Oregon territory, and McGrew was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run at the Oregon 23 late in the second quarter.
Washington: Hosts Arizona State next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium in Seattle.