This heated Northwest rivalry has always been bitter, but on a sunny October afternoon in Eugene, it finally began to equalize. Freshman cornerback Kenny Wheaton intercepted Damon Huard and turned it into the biggest play in Oregon football history. In the fourteen contests since 1995, the Ducks lead the series 10-4.
On November 6th, the Huskies will travel to Autzen Stadium and hope to erase their current six game slide against the Ducks. Here is a rivalry review of the post-"pick" era of games between Washington and Oregon.
Husky Stadium. November 4, 1995
The 17th-ranked Ducks beat the 15th-ranked Huskies in Seattle for the first time since 1980. Patrick Johnson returned the opening kick 89 yards, sparking a 24-0 halftime lead for Oregon.
The Husky defense held the Duck offense to 86 yards in the second half to cut the lead to 24-22. Washington kicker John Wales had a field goal blocked and missed another during the last three minutes of the games. Oregon improved to 7-2 on the season, and the Huskies dropped to 5-3-1.
Autzen Stadium. October 26, 1996
Washington 33, Oregon 14
Corey Dillion rolled over the Ducks in Eugene on his way to 259 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Brock Huard contributed with 188 yards on 13-of-19 passing and one touchdown. The Huskies would cruise through the season, finishing with one conference loss and an overall record of 9-3.
Husky Stadium. November 8, 1997
Oregon 31, Washington 28
Without the services of Rashaan Shehee and Brock Huard, the Ducks held on with a late touchdown to defeat the fifth ranked Huskies in Seattle. Akili Smith found Patrick Johnson for a 29-yard touchdown reception with 2:33 remaining in the game.
Oregon improved to 5-4 on the season and took three of the last four meetings against Washington. The Huskies fell to 7-2, and seemed to have troubles stopping Saladin McCullough, who recorded his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
Autzen Stadium. November 7, 1998
Oregon 27, Washington 22
Oregon overcame a late fourth quarter fumble to hold on a to a 27-22 victory in Eugene. Receiver Tony Hartley set a Duck record with 242 yards receiving on nine receptions with two touchdowns.
Akili Smith won the quarterback battle with 442 yards and three touchdowns. Washington quarterback Brock Huard threw two interceptions and was 19-of-37 for 289 yards. The visitors dropped to 5-4, and the Ducks improved to 7-2 on the season.
Husky Stadium. October 2, 1999
Washington 34, Oregon 20
Husky tailback Willie Hurst ran for 161 yards in a victory over 25th-ranked Oregon in Seattle. Marquis Tuiasosopo was 17-of-21 for 211 yards and threw three touchdowns on the night. Tight end Jerramy Stevens was the recipient of two touchdowns as the Huskies improved to 3-2 on the season.
Oregon quarterback A.J. Feeley was 24 of 32 for 371 yards as the Ducks fell to 3-2 on the season.
Autzen Stadium. September 30, 2000
Oregon 23, Washington 16
Oregon grabbed their second consecutive victory over a top ten team, in a touchdown victory over the Huskies in Eugene. The 20th-ranked Ducks improved to 4-1, as the sixth-ranked Huskies received their first defeat of the season. Oregon rushed for 229 yards, including 152 from tailback Maurice Morris. Marquis Tuiasosopo passed for 229 yards, and accounted for both Husky touchdowns during a failed fourth quarter comeback.
Oregon and Washington did not meet in 2001
The absence of this Northwest rivalry in 2001 is a large reason the conference switched to a nine game conference schedule. Oregon would go on to win the Fiesta Bowl and the Huskies finished the season at 8-4.
Autzen Stadium. November 16, 2002
The Rick Neuheisel-led Washington squad drubbed the 23rd-ranked Ducks to improve to 6-5 on the season. Quarterback Cody Pickett threw for 316 yards to set the conference record for passing yards in a season. In a controversial move, Husky players proceeded to dance on the Oregon "O' for nearly thirty minutes following the end of the game.
Husky Stadium. November 1, 2003
Washington 42, Oregon 10
Oregon started the game with 10 quick points, only to allow 42 unanswered ones afterwards, in a defeat to the Huskies. Casey Paus replaced an injured Cody Pickett in the second half, and responded with two second half touchdowns to Charles Frederick and Reggie Williams. Husky tailbacks Shelton Sampson and Kenny James combined to rush for 235 yards.
In a losing effort, Kellen Clemens threw for 230 yards, and Demetrius Williams caught five balls for 110 yards and the Ducks' lone touchdown. Both teams left the contest with 5-4 season records.
Autzen Stadium. October 30, 2004
Oregon 31, Washington 6
After losing two straight in the rivalry, Oregon dominated the reeling Huskies (1-7) in Eugene. Kellen Clemens threw two touchdown passes to Cameron Colvin, and Terrence Whitehead ran for 122 yards. Casey Paul threw four interceptions in a game that saw Washington turn over the ball seven times.
Autzen Stadium. October 15, 2005
Oregon 45, Washington 21
The 20th-ranked Oregon squad improved to 6-1 on the season with a dominating victory at home. Kellen Clemens threw for 425 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Oregon's 45 points was the most given up by Washington against the Ducks since 1973. The Huskies fell to 1-5 on the season and were out-gained 570-238 in total yards.
Autzen Stadium. November 4, 2006
Oregon 34, Washington 14
The 24th-ranked Ducks, led by Jonathan Stewart, hammered the Huskies with a team total of 316 yards on the ground. Stewart totaled 159 yards on the game, including two touchdowns. The Huskies fell to 4-6 on the season while the Ducks improved to 7-2.
Husky Stadium. October 20, 2007
Oregon 55, Washington 34
A high-scoring game that at one point was tied at 31, until Oregon pulled away during the fourth quarter. The seventh-ranked Ducks won their fourth straight over Washington for the first time in over 75 years. Oregon finished the game with 465 yards rushing, with Jonathan Stewart accounting for 251 of the total. Jake Locker threw 257 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort.
Autzen Stadium. August 30, 2008
Oregon 44, Washington 10
In a rare season opening game between the two schools, the 21st-ranked Ducks dominated from the opening whistle and cruised to victory. Oregon tailback Jeremiah Johnson rushed for 124 yards and receiver Terrence Scott caught six passes for 117 yards. Jake Locker was 12 of 28 for 103 yards passing for the Huskies.
Husky Stadium. October 24, 2009
Oregon 43, Washington 19
The 12th-ranked visitors pushed the Huskies around, for the program's sixth straight victory in the rivalry. Jeremiah Masoli rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another, and LaMichael James rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns for Oregon. Husky tailback Chris Polk ran for 104 yards, and Jake Locker threw for 266 yards and two interceptions. Oregon improved to 6-1, and Washington fell to 3-5 on the season.