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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Oregon-Washington second quarter: That's Jake

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

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

For better and worse, Washington's best play -- just like in 2007 -- is Jake Locker running the ball, even though it's clear his passing accuracy is better than 2007. 

After foundering in the first quarter, the Huskies offense found it's rhythm in the second, with Locker playing drums and bass. And, for all intents and purposes, singing lead.

First, the Huskies got on the board with a 35-yard field goal, a drive keyed by two Locker completions of 16 yards.

But the Huskies offense's best work came on its next possession, which started with a Quinton Richardson interception.

Locker ran 17 yards on a third-and-7. He then went for 11 yards on a third-and-11. Those drive-saving runs allowed the Huskies to narrow the gap to 14-10 with 3:17 before the break.

The Ducks then, as promised, put in backup QB Jeremiah Masoli -- it's probably not accurate to view Roper stepping aside as a response to his interception.

Masoli drove the Ducks to the Huskies 37, but missed on a couple of passes and the Ducks turned the ball over on downs.

Observation for the Oregon coaches: Jeremiah Johnson rushed 7 times for 77 yards in the first half. He might be a guy you'd want to get touches.