Saturday, October 24, 2009
Halftime report: Oregon 15, Washington 6
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
SEATTLE -- Oregon leads Washington 15-6 at the half mainly because of one reason.
The Ducks are doing the small things correctly and the Huskies are not.
At least, the Ducks were until the very end up of the half -- the longest one second in the history of sports (unofficially), by the way -- when a defensive tackle Brandon Bair's second personal foul penalty of the game allowed the Huskies to kick a 48-yard field goal with no time left on the clock.
By the way, Huskies offense guard Nick Wood returned to the game after getting hurt early.
Turning point: Trailing 3-0 early in the second quarter, Oregon blocked a punt and recovered the deflection in the endzone for a touchdown. The Ducks then caught the Huskies unaware and converted the 2-point conversion.
Best call: Oregon's fake field goal, which set up their second touchdown. On fourth-and-5 from the Washington 15-yard line, the Ducks lined up for a field goal. But holder Nate Costa -- the backup quarterback -- took the snap and ran to his left for what amounted to an option keeper to the Huskies 8. Two plays later, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli ran in from 1 yard out.
What Oregon needs to do; What Washington needs to do: Washington actually has better numbers at the break, but Oregon has made all the big plays. Oregon needs to maintain the pressure on the Huskies on both sides of the ball. The Ducks also might try to run the ball more as the Huskies defense gets tired from facing a no-huddle all afternoon. Washington is piling up yards but can't punch the ball into the endzone. It's going to have to execute in the redzone and maybe take some chances in the downfield passing game, which worked fairly well in the first half.