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EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Another week, another home win for Oregon over a previously unbeaten top-10 team.
Maurice Morris ran for 152 yards and Joey Harrington passed for one touchdown and ran for another as the 25th-ranked Ducks defeated sixth-ranked Washington, 23-16, in a Pac-10 Conference game.
The Ducks (4-1, 2-1 Pac 10) extended their home-winning streak to 18 games and made the Huskies the latest team to be flustered by the intimidating surroundings of cozy Autzen Stadium.
Oregon routed then-No. 8 UCLA last week and has emerged as a force in the Pac-10 race. The Ducks are off next week and visit Southern California, another conference power, on October 14.
Today's victory was even more satisifying since it came in one of the more intense -- if lesser known -- rivalries in the country. It also came against Washington coach Rick Neuheisel, who as coach of Colorado infuriated Oregon players and fans by calling a fake punt late in the 1996 Cotton Bowl even though his team had a huge lead.
The Ducks have defeated top-10 teams in back-to-back games for the first time since 1994, when they topped Washington and Arizona and went on to the Rose Bowl.
Neuheisel lost to Oregon coach Mike Bellotti for the first time, defeating him twice at Colorado and once last year at Washington.
Washington (3-1, 0-1) was unable to overcome three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by Marques Tuiasosopo, who completed just 14-of-37 passes for 227 yards and a TD. Normally an able scrambler, Tuiasosopo gained just 10 yards on eight rushes and a score.
Oregon again used a potent running game, outrushing the Huskies, 229-111. Morris, who carried 31 times today, had 139 yards against UCLA.
Punter Kurtis Doerr also made life difficult for Washington, dropping four punts inside the 20 and two inside the 10.
The Ducks took control early, with Harrington engineering a nine-play, 88-yard drive that ended with his 13-yard TD pass to Justin Peelle.
John Anderson kicked a 38-yard field goal for Washington near the end of the first quarter and Oregon answered with a 32-yard field goal early in the second period by Josh Frankel, who would miss on three other tries.
Allan Anderson scored on a six-yard run to give the Ducks a 17-3 halftime lead and Oregon increased the lead to 23-3 in the third quarter on a one-yard TD run by Harrington.
Washington finally awoke late in the fourth quarter when Tuiasosopo scored on a seven-yard run and threw a an eight-yard TD pass to Willie Hurst with 3:30 left. Harrington was 9-of-22 for 199 yards and was intercepted once.
The Huskies got the ball back on their 20 with two minutes left, but Tuiasosopo threw four straight incompletions. Washington regained possession with nine seconds left before Tuiasosopo was intercepted on the final play of the game by Jermaine Hanspard.
Keenan Howry had three long punt returns for the Ducks that were called back by penalties.