Sunday, November 6, 2011
Halftime: Oregon 17, Washington 10
By Ted Miller
SEATTLE -- Oregon has taken advantage of Washington miscues, but the Huskies made a statement that they weren't going away easily with a late touchdown drive.
Turning point: First, the Huskies pinned Oregon inside its 10-yard line and didn't yield a first down. Then, working on a short field, they drove 49 yards in 12 plays, taking 5:50 off the clock, for their first touchdown when Keith Price passed to Michael Hartvigson for a 1-yard score. Doesn't mean the Huskies are going to win. Merely that this thing isn't decided before halftime.
Stat of the half: Oregon has 134 total yards. Washington 131. Both Duck touchdowns came after Eddie Pleasant interceptions. Neither team has a long drive. The defenses won the first half. Who saw that coming?
What Oregon needs to do, What Washington needs to do: LaMichael James averaged 7.6 yards per carry. He should get more touches in the second half. In fact, the Ducks ran 10 times and passed 12. Those numbers should be more than reversed. As for Washington, it need to protect the football, first. Then it needs to continue to be balanced -- 18 passes, 18 runs in first half -- pounding Chris Polk into the Ducks defense, and going over the top with Price.