Oregon vs. Washington: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Ducks

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2013

Oregon made easy work of Washington last season, rolling 52-21 in Eugene.
Oregon made easy work of Washington last season, rolling 52-21 in Eugene.Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon 45, Washington 24 — FINAL

The second-ranked Oregon Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) faced their toughest test so far but still managed to record a solid 45-24 win at No. 16 Washington (4-2, 1-2). 

Official stats can be found at NCAA.com.

Look below for grading and analysis of Oregon's effort in drizzly Seattle.

Final game analysis for the Oregon Ducks:

Pass Offense: Marcus Mariota (24-of-31, 366 yards, three TDs) was nearly flawless through the air, either nailing his target or throwing it away. Bralon Addison was huge all game, while Josh Huff shook off an ankle injury to catch a clutch deep touchdown in the second half.

Run Offense: Without De'Anthony Thomas the flash wasn't there, but the Ducks still grinded out 265 yards on 50 carries. The second-half scrambling of Mariota (88 yards, one TD) was a difference-maker.

Pass Defense: Constant pressure on Keith Price led to four sacks, countless hits and kept him from ever getting on track. The Ducks secondary gave up no big plays.

Run Defense: Bishop Sankey (167 yards, two TDs) ran for more than 100 yards in the second half, including a 60-yard score on 4th-and-1. This is the weakest part of Ducks' game and cause for concern as the season progresses.

Special Teams: There were a few good returns early, but nothing spectacular. The lack of Thomas' return sizzle was evident.

Coaching: Mark Helfrich showed a level of conservative maturity by going for a 31-yard field goal up 11 in the third quarter. Chip Kelly he ain't.

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 12:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks rushes against the Washington Huskies on October 12, 2013 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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First-half analysis for the Oregon Ducks:

Pass Offense: Bralon Addison has been huge in the face of an injury to Josh Huff, and after a slow start Marcus Mariota is grooving with pinpoint accuracy. The only blemish: Keanon Lowe dropped a surefire TD catch early on.

Run Offense: Without De'Anthony Thomas to hand off to, the Ducks turned to Byron Marshall, who had a hard-fought one-yard TD run on 4th-and-goal, then added a 15-yard score thanks to a gaping hole in the line.

Pass Defense: The secondary is holding strong, preventing the big play and forcing Keith Price to mostly go underneath to complete passes. The lone deep shot led to a pick by Erick Dargan.

Run Defense: A huge forced fumble by Troy Hill set up Oregon's second touchdown drive, part of an overall solid effort reining in Washington's Bishop Sankey. The Ducks have struggled keeping Price in the pocket, though.

Special Teams: Without Thomas it's been on Huff to make big plays, and he's responded with a 57-yard return, although it didn't lead to points.

Coaching: It's been the usual run-pass mix of play-calling from Mark Helfrich, along with the refusal to settle for field goals in Huskies territory. Wouldn't expect anything less.