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Week 7 result: The Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) were very impressive in their 45-24 win at Washington (4-2, 2-1), their 10th consecutive victory over the Huskies in Week 7's signature showdown.
Even without its most electric athlete, De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon still racked up 631 yards against one of the league's better defenses, not to mention in front of a hostile Seattle crowded that was extra amped up by the presence of ESPN's College GameDay crew that did their pregame show from the Washington campus.
Oregon hadn't been tested yet this season, and despite some early struggles and injuries to some skill players, the Ducks turned what was a close game early into a runaway down the stretch. Much of that had to do with quarterback Marcus Mariota, who took a big step forward in enhancing his Heisman profile by tallying 454 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns.
Just as impressive was Oregon's defense, which other than a few big runs given up to FBS rushing leader Bishop Sankey held Washington's offense in check. The Ducks were especially harsh of Washington QB Keith Price, who was sacked four times and never able to get any balls deep due to a blanketing secondary.
What's next: It'll be a much easier game for Oregon next time out when it hosts Washington State (4-3, 2-2) on Saturday. The Ducks have won the last six meetings by an average score of 51-17.
Notable: The only concern that came out of the Washington game was 167 rushing yards Sankey gained, an output highlighted by a 60-yard run on 4th-and-1 in which he blew through a giant hole in the line. Oregon appeared to be blitzing on the play, and that gamble backfired.
While Oregon's offense is explosive enough to allow the defense to gamble, shoring up the run game will be a priority heading into game's later this season against UCLA, Stanford and Arizona.