EUGENE – It’s 282 miles from Seattle to Eugene. That’s the trek the Washington Husky football team made on Saturday and hundreds of fans also hit the road for Saturday’s rivalry game.
“They’ll tear you alive out here. They’ll rip you one, but dogs eat ducks. Go Huskies,” said Michael Mckean, who drove down to Eugene from SeaTac.
Husky fans are confident knowing Washington (5-1, 3-0) has won the last two in this matchup that dates back to 1900.
“I very much remember the game two years ago when we had some payback for years of struggling against the Ducks and I think we’ll see that again,” said Doug Ende, an alumnus from the UW Law School who drove down for the game.
Former Husky Tommie Smith, a member of the Huskies 1991 Rose Bowl winning team, is proud to watch Washington moving in the right direction, but believes these players feel mounting pressure to continue beating Oregon.
“They have something they have to prove because they won, and years before Oregon beat us. And now they have to start the tradition back over again by beating Oregon. And that’s more pressure than the actual game,” said Smith.
Seventeenth-ranked Oregon features the top-scoring offense in the Pac-12, scoring on average more than 45 points per game.
The seventh-ranked Dawgs are atop the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points per game.
Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. You can watch the game on KOMO or listen to it on KOMO Radio.