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Oregon-Washington third quarter: Ducks build advantage

8/31/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

EUGENE, Ore. -- From the Autzen Stadium press box:

Remember how I said Oregon should give the ball to RB Jeremiah Johnson more?

Well, who knew that Ducks offensive coordinator Chip Kelly reads this blog?!

Johnson's 13-yard TD run with 10:55 left in the third put the Ducks up more comfortably at 21-10. The run gave Johnson 112 yards -- a career-high -- on 12 carries and his second TD of the evening.

With QB Justin Roper injured, Jeremiah Masoli took over primary QB duties but true freshman Chris Harper also saw spot action, primarily as a runner. Neither got much done after the first drive, though.

Two letters: JJ.

The Huskies also couldn't be terribly happy with punter Jared Ballman, who added a 16-yard punt to the six-yard one he had in the first quarter. Of course, punting from his own endzone, Ballman boomed a 57 yarder that got the Huskies out of a field-position bind. It was feast or famine for him.

The Ducks defense did a nice job of manning up after getting jobbed by a bad pass interference call against CB Walter Thurmond. A Spencer Paysinger sack ended the Huskies penetration into Duck territory.

That set up a 51-yard Jairus Byrd punt return -- which might end up leading to points -- as the third quarter bell rings.