College Football Showdown: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 7 Washington – Game Recap

Relive the thrilling game as No. 8 Oregon Ducks face No. 7 Washington Huskies. Get the highlights and scores in this epic college football matchup.

In a highly anticipated college football showdown, the No. 8 Oregon Ducks and No. 7 Washington Huskies are set to clash at Husky Stadium this Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with the game broadcasted on ABC. Both teams come into the game with undefeated records, having had the benefit of a bye week to prepare.

The Huskies, with a record of 5-0, scraped past Arizona in their previous game, winning 31-24. On the other hand, the Ducks, also at 5-0, convincingly beat Stanford 42-6 in their last outing. This game holds extra significance for the Ducks, who are seeking to avenge a tough loss to the Huskies at Autzen Stadium a year ago, where they fell 37-34 in a thrilling contest.

Oregon’s head coach, Dan Lanning, emphasized the importance of this matchup to his team, stating that every player understands the personal and fan-related significance of this game. The Ducks are determined to compete at the highest level and secure a victory.

The ESPN “College GameDay” pregame show is adding to the excitement, with a live broadcast from Seattle starting at 6 a.m. This marks the third visit of “College GameDay” to Seattle and the first since 2016. Notably, actor and comedian Joel McHale, a University of Washington alumnus, joined the show as the guest picker for Week 7, favoring UW to win the matchup. Additionally, the panelists, including Desmond Howard, Pat McAfee, Lee Corso, and Stanford Steve, all picked Washington to win.

A kickoff time change to 12:45 p.m. was announced. It’s worth noting that the Ducks seem to be at full strength in their defensive backfield, with key players like Khyree Jackson and Bryan Addison participating in pregame workouts. However, transfer linebacker Jestin Jacobs remains absent.

College Football Showdown: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 7 Washington - Game Recap
College Football Showdown: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 7 Washington – Game Recap

As the game commenced at 12:45 p.m., the temperature stood at 61 degrees under cloudy skies.

The action on the field began with a touchdown by Washington, as Michael Penix Jr. threw a 26-yard pass to Giles Jackson, giving the Huskies an early 7-0 lead. However, the Ducks responded swiftly with a 14-play, 90-yard drive, culminating in an impressive 12-yard touchdown run by Bucky Irving. An additional two-point conversion run by Patrick Herbert put the Ducks in the lead at 8-7.

The first quarter concluded with Washington leading 14-8, with both teams trading touchdowns. Bo Nix, Oregon’s quarterback, tied the NCAA all-time record for starts by a quarterback with his 53rd career start.

Oregon regained the lead in the second quarter as Bo Nix threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Patrick Herbert, making it 15-14 in favor of the Ducks. Washington didn’t take long to respond, with Dillon Johnson scoring on a 7-yard run to put the Huskies back on top at 22-15.

At halftime, the Huskies held a 22-18 lead. The Ducks cut their deficit by outscoring the Huskies 10-8 in the second quarter, with the highlight being Patrick Herbert’s touchdown reception.

The third quarter saw more back-and-forth action, with Michael Penix Jr. throwing his third touchdown pass of the game, a 17-yarder to Rome Odunze, extending Washington’s lead to 29-18. Oregon faced setbacks with injuries to cornerbacks Jahlil Florence and Khyree Jackson during the same drive, but Jackson returned before the quarter ended.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Huskies led 29-26, and the game remained highly competitive. Bo Nix orchestrated a 30-yard touchdown pass to Troy Franklin, followed by a successful two-point conversion, narrowing the Ducks’ deficit to just three points.

With 12:58 to play, Jordan James scored a 10-yard rushing touchdown, and the Ducks regained the lead at 33-29, sparked by a 49-yard pass play from Nix to Franklin. The game remained intense as both teams battled for supremacy.

In the end, after a hard-fought contest, the Oregon Ducks fell to the Washington Huskies with a final score of 36-33. This matchup lived up to the hype, and the rivalry between these two Pac-12 powerhouses continues to be one of the most exciting in college football.

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