SEATTLE — It looked better, but it still wasn’t enough for Washington.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota bolstered his Heisman Trophy resume, and the No. 2 Ducks extended their dominance in the Northwest rivalry with a 45-24 victory over the No. 16 Huskies before a sold-out crowd of 71,833 at Husky Stadium.
The Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) have won 10 in row in the series, all by at least 17 points.
In what was billed by some as their most significant game in more than a decade, the Huskies (4-2, 1-2) will have to take solace in an improved effort against their most bitter rival.
Washington closed to 31-24 late in the third quarter before the Ducks pulled away. Then, midway through the fourth quarter, with the Ducks leading 45-24, Oregon fans in the southeast bleachers were chanting, “Ten more years!”
Washington running back Bishop Sankey ran for more than 167 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one on the Huskies’ first possession of the third quarter. That cut the Huskies’ deficit to 21-14 just 76 seconds into the second half.
It was another gritty effort by Washington senior quarterback Keith Price, who again kept plays alive with his feet and kept it close for the Huskies into the fourth quarter.
But the Huskies couldn’t overcome two turnovers, and they couldn’t do enough to slow down Mariota, Oregon’s dynamic sophomore quarterback.
Mariota, considered by many the Heisman front-runner, threw for 366 yards with three touchdowns. He also rushed for 88 yards and a score.
Byron Marshall rushed for 106 yards for the Ducks. His 1-yard touchdown run opened the scoring in the first quarter, but not before three bizarre reviews on three consecutive plays.
Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a leaping 8-yard touchdown reception in the back of the end zone to tie the score 7-7 in the first quarter.
Mariota bought time and found Bralon Addison on the right side of the end zone for a 4-yard score to give Oregon the lead for good at 14-7 early in the second quarter.
Sankey lost his first fumble of the season, and Oregon pushed its lead to 21-7 on a Marshall 15-yard run with 4:55 left in the second quarter.
Sankey’s 60-yard touchdown run got the Husky Stadium crowd roarin’ again, but Oregon answered with an easy 60-second, three-play, 82-yard touchdown drive, capped by Mariota’s perfectly placed 65-yard touchdown strike to Josh Huff.
The Huskies settled for a Travis Coons 30-yard field goal on their next drive. After an Oregon field goal, Sankey slipped through several tackles for a 25-yard touchdown to bring UW to being down 31-24.
The Ducks, as they are wont to do, then pulled away late.
Oregon played without star running back De’Anthony Thomas, who missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury.