Last Saturday night the Oregon Ducks came into town slightly wounded after being beat at home by the WSU Cougars. The Huskies were coming of a previous week upset of USC on the road. So it was a perfect storm for the Dawgs to finally end the 11 year reign of the Ducks on their home turf, right? Well… Not so fast. The Ducks finally had their playmaker QB Vernon Adams back from injury and we all know what a show he put on last time he was here with Eastern Washington. The Ducks jumped out early with two TDs and had a 10 point lead at the break and even though the Huskies put together a a couple of second half scores, they just couldn't catch up and the Ducks went on to a 26-20 victory. The Huskies face a tough test next week as they head down to 10th ranked Stanford.
Sunday was the second part of a Night-Day double header of shooting with my first Seahawks game of the season. The Seahawks were bruised a bit after a tough loss the previous week and the Panthers came in with a perfect record. I return home what just what the doctor ordered to get things back on track, right? Well, it looked that way for about 58 minutes of the game. The Seahawks never really put them away struggling to keep the offense on the field for the fourth quarter. Then Cam Newton drove the Panthers down the field to capture a 27-23 victory over the Seahawks with a TD pass to Greg Olsen. The Seahawks have a short week this week as they head down to play the 49ers on Thursday. Let's hope they can right the ship down there.
I made the trip down to Corvallis last weekend for the Oregon State – Colorado game. Both teams were looking for their first Pac-12 win of the season. Watching the game, you could tell why both of these teams were winless in the conference. It was a pretty rough game as both teams struggled to get their offenses going. Colorado was able to pull off a 17-13 victory. This was actually the first conference win in the last 14 tries for the Buffaloes, so they were happy to get that weight off of their backs.
The Huskies came out "Blacked-out" on Halloween night as the Arizona Wildcats came to town. They probably wish that they would have stayed in the desert as the Dawgs became a Halloween nightmare scoring early and often to rout the 'Cats 49-3. Jake Browning came of an injury week to score 5 touchdowns through the air and on the ground. The Huskies welcome Utah next week looking to knock off a ranked opponent at home.
It was a rainy and windy night as the 12th ranked Utah Utes came into Husky Stadium. The Utes went up by a couple of scores early and were able t hold off a surge by Washington to capture a 34-23 win. The slushy conditions lead to seven total turnovers in the game and the Utes were able to take one fumble back for a touchdown. Washington hits the road for two weeks before coming home for the Apple Cup against WSU.
I made the drive down to Eugene early in the morning on a beautiful cold, crisp fall day to see the USC Trojans come in to Autzen Stadium to take on the Ducks. The teams were ranked #23 and #24 so it was sure to be a good matchup. Both teams still with an eye at the Pac-12 championship for their respective divisions. Vernon Adams stepped on the gas early and never let off going for over 400 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Trojans kept it interesting for most of the game, but just were not able to match the Ducks on this day with Oregon pulling away with a 48-28 victory over the Trojans.
Another beautiful fall day for football as the undefeated Cal Bears came in to town to play there Huskies. This was the Pac-12 opener for both teams. The Bears were lead by Junior QB Jared Goff, who is considered by some to be the best QB in college football right now. Cal took a 20-7 lead into halftime and the Huskies made it interesting late, but were unable to catch up in a 30-24 Cal victory. The Huskies head into a bye week before heading down to Southern Cal to meet up against old Coach Steve Sarkisian.
I made the drive down to Eugene last weekend to shot the WSU-Oregon game. The Ducks have handled the Cougars for the past 8 years, so the Cougs were due. This is not the kind of explosive Ducks team that they have had in the past and WSU was ready to put this losing streak to bed. The Ducks appeared to have another win locked up but Luke Falk connects with Dom Williams with no time left and the Cougs were able to pull it not in overtime 45-38.