SEATTLE (AP) — Travis Dye rushed for a career-high 211 yards and one touchdown, Anthony Brown ran for one score and passed for another and No. 7 Oregon overcame a sluggish start to beat Washington 26-16.
A year after the border rivals didn’t play due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Huskies program, the Ducks fell behind early before running off 21 consecutive points and beat Washington for the seventh time in the past eight games played in Seattle.
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.
The Huskies took an early 7-0 lead on a Sean McGrew touchdown run, but the Ducks cut the lead with a field goal a few minutes later. Washington added a safety on Oregon’s next possession and ended the quarter ahead 9-3.
It stayed that way until an Anthony Brown-to-Devon Williams touchdown pass covering 31 yards to give the Ducks at 10-9 lead with 5:08 left in the half.
At the half, the Ducks maintained that 1-point lead.
Anthony Brown and Travis Dye added rushing touchdowns in the 3rd and 4th quarters, respectively, before the Huskies added another McGrew score in the 4th. With 11:13 to play, Oregon led 24-16.
They added a safety when the snap on a Washington punt went over the punter’s head and out of the end zone to give the Ducks their final margin of victory.
With 10 seconds left, Oregon nearly scored another touchdown but the ruling was overturned and the Ducks took a knee to end the game.
Oregon improves to 8-1. Washington falls to 4-5.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.