Despite some costly turnovers and a shaky first few offensive drives, the Huskies end the first half only down by seven points. Surprisingly, the frequently criticized Husky defense has been the difference for the Huskies so far in this game. Oregon has run 22 plays for scrimmage in 6:14 minutes while the Huskies have had possession of the football for 23:45 minutes with a total of 42 plays.
The Huskies offense was shaky at the beginning of the game but finally got in a rhythm at the end of the second quarter. Price led the Huskies offense in a 12 play 49 yard drive. Tight End Michael Hartvigson caught his first touchdown pass of the season from Price on a brilliant play-action fake.
If the Huskies can continue to get production from Chris Polk and keep control of the game clock, they will be able to stay in the game against Oregon.
Oregon will receive to start the second half. Failure in stopping the Ducks on their first drive is critical for the Huskies. A seven point lead could easily balloon to a 21 point lead very quickly because of Oregon's explosive offense.