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Washington 10, (21) Oregon 44

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10:00 PM ET, August 30, 2008
Autzen Stadium,
Eugene, OR

Roper suffers concussion, but Masoli steps in to lead Ducks to win

Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Jaison Williams caught a 48-yard TD pass from Jeremiah Masoli to give the Ducks a 20-point lead in the fourth.
Gameball goes to... Masoli, who completed 9-16 passes for 137 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs.
Stat of the game... 95: Oregon held Washington to only 95 yards on the ground, including only 57 for Jake Locker.
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs1823
Total Yards242496
3rd Down Conversions7-196-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Air/Ground Leaders
Washington Passing
Oregon Passing
Washington Rushing
Oregon Rushing
Washington Receiving
Oregon Receiving
Scoring Summary
TD10:20Jeremiah Johnson 4 Yd Run (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 63 yds, 1:24
TD05:13Terence Scott 60 Yd Pass From Justin Roper (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 60 yds, :43
FG12:15Ryan Perkins 35 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 62 yds, 4:54
TD03:17Paul Homer 1 Yd Run (Ryan Perkins Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 60 yds, 6:23
TD10:55Jeremiah Johnson 13 Yd Run (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 59 yds, 1:14
FG14:28Matt Evensen 41 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 14 yds, 1:51
TD11:02Jaison Williams 48 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Pat Failed)
Drive: 2 plays, 54 yds, :18
TD07:21Jeffrey Maehl 25 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 55 yds, 2:33
TD00:46Chris Harper 2 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 42 yds, 2:50
Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Already down a quarterback, No. 21 Oregon's depth got tested in its opener against Washington on Saturday night.

Justin Roper, named the starter this past week after Nate Costa was injured and had season-ending surgery, went down with a concussion early in the Ducks' 44-10 victory against the Huskies.

That had Oregon turning to junior college transfer Jeremiah Masoli, who threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns to finish off the win.

"It took a series or two," Masoli said. "The first series I had a couple overthrown balls and you know, some miscues with the receivers, but a couple series is all it took to get back on our feet."

Roper completed 7 of 11 passes for 114 yards, a touchdown and an interception before he left in the second quarter. Coach Mike Bellotti said the concussion was minor.

His only previous start came in last season's Sun Bowl, when he threw four touchdown passes in a 56-21 victory over South Florida. Roper was pressed into service last year when Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf went down with injuries late in the season.

Masoli led City College of San Francisco to the junior college national championship last season while throwing for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Freshman Chris Harper followed Masoli on Oregon's depth chart, and came in for a handful of snaps in the second half. He scored on a 2-yard keeper with 46 seconds left in the game.

"We weren't planning on playing Masoli as much as we did, but we did have a plan to play Chris Harper," Bellotti said. "I'm proud of them. They weren't perfect, but they made things happen."

Roper remained in uniform on the sidelines in the second half, but late in the game he wrapped himself in a blanket.

"We were just trying to mix it up and give them a different look," Masoli said. "When Roper went down, we weren't sure what we were going to do."

Washington's dual-threat quarterback, Jake Locker, completed 12 of 28 passes for 103 yards and ran for 57 yards.

"We understand we didn't play nearly as good as we can," Locker said. "We're not good enough to come in and just show up and beat teams. We gotta play as well as we can to win games."

The Huskies started 10 freshmen or sophomores, including heralded tailback Chris Polk and defensive tackle Senio Kelemete, both freshmen, as well as redshirt freshmen Alvin Logan (receiver) and Quinton Richardson (cornerback).

Ducks tailback Jeremiah Johnson, who split carries with Jonathan Stewart the past three seasons, had a 44-yard carry on Oregon's first series, then followed it up with a 4-yard scoring run.

Roper's 60-yard touchdown pass to Terence Scott made it 14-0.

The Ducks squandered another opportunity to score in the first quarter. Washington's Jared Ballman botched a punt that went just 6 yards, putting Oregon on the Washington 26, but the Ducks couldn't score. Matt Evensen's 31-yard field goal attempt went wide right.

Ryan Perkins kicked a 35-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make it 14-3, and Washington narrowed it further on Paul Homer's 1-yard dive.

Johnson scored again on a 10-yard run early in the third quarter to put Oregon ahead 21-10. Evensen added a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth.

Masoli passed to Jaison Williams, who dashed nearly untouched down the sideline for a 48-yard touchdown reception to make it 30-10. Masoli also hit Jeff Maehl with a 25-yard scoring pass in the final quarter.

Johnson finished with 15 carries for 124 yards. Scott had six catches for 117 yards.

It was Oregon's fifth straight victory over the Huskies, the longest streak for the Ducks in the northwest rivalry dating to 1900.

Washington went 4-9 last season, and there has been mounting pressure on coach Tyrone Willingham.

"We felt coming in we'd fare much better than this and felt we'd have a chance to win this football game, even in this difficult environment," he said.

College Football Scores

Other Scores:

Thursday, August 28th
23 Wake Forest 41 Final
Baylor 13
Saturday, August 30th
Georgia Southern 21 Final
1 Georgia 45
Youngstown State 0 Final
2 Ohio State 43
3 USC 52 Final
Virginia 7
Chattanooga 2 Final
4 Oklahoma 57
Hawaii 10 Final
5 Florida 56
20 Illinois 42 Final
6 Missouri 52
Appalachian State 13 Final
7 LSU 41
Villanova 21 Final
8 West Virginia 48
24 Alabama 34 Final
9 Clemson 10
Louisiana-Monroe 0 Final
10 Auburn 34
Florida Atlantic 10 Final
11 Texas 52
Eastern Washington 24 Final
12 Texas Tech 49
Akron 17 Final
13 Wisconsin 38
Florida International 10 Final
14 Kansas 40
Northern Arizona 13 Final
15 Arizona State 30
Northern Iowa 17 Final
16 Brigham Young 41
17 Virginia Tech 22 Final
East Carolina 27
Tennessee-Martin 7 Final
19 South Florida 56
Washington 10 Final
21 Oregon 44
Coastal Carolina 10 Final
22 Penn State 66
Bowling Green 27 Final
25 Pittsburgh 17
Monday, September 1st
18 Tennessee 24 Final