Oregon–Washington football rivalry

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Oregon–Washington football rivalry
OregonDucks.svg University of Washington Block W logo.svg
Teams Oregon Ducks
Washington Huskies
First Meeting December 1, 1900
Last Meeting October 12, 2013
Next Meeting October 11, 2014
Meetings 105
Series Washington leads, 58–43–5
Current Streak Oregon, 10 (2004–present)

The Oregon–Washington football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Oregon Ducks football team of the University of Oregon and Washington Huskies football team of the University of Washington. The rivalry is sometimes referred to as "The Border War". The game, one of the most played rivalries in NCAA Division I FBS history, has been played regularly since 1900.[1][2]

Series history[edit]

Although the schools began playing each other in 1900, the rivalry became heated in 1948, when Oregon and the University of California tied for the best record in the Pacific Coast Conference. The winner of the PCC, as is today with the Pac-12, would play in the Rose Bowl. The tiebreaker format the PCC elected to use was that the championship team be elected by the schools. In the PCC there were 10 teams, 6 of them were in the northwest and the other 4 in California, so it was assumed that Oregon would be the team playing in the Rose Bowl. Instead California was voted champion of the PCC because the University of Washington had talked the University of Montana, then a member of the PCC, into voting for California, something that has not been forgotten by Oregon fans.[3]

Within the last 60 years the rivalry has grown between the two fanbases. In 1962, Larry Hill, of Oregon, was tackled by Washington fans who had rushed onto the field while he was trying to catch the game winning touchdown. In 1995, Washington head coach Jim Lambright unsuccessfully lobbied for the Huskies to be selected to play in the Cotton Bowl instead of the Ducks. Seattle Post Intelligencer columnist Bud Withers wrote that Lambright's actions "invited at least another half-century worth of bile from Oregon fans."

The rivalry was given a boost, at least in Oregon eyes, when former Colorado Buffaloes head coach Rick Neuheisel was named head coach of Washington in 1999. It was Neuheisel who called for a fake punt during the 1996 Cotton Bowl between Oregon and Colorado while the Buffaloes led 32–6. Oregon coach Mike Bellotti was also accused of turning Neuheisel in for recruiting during the dead period. The Ducks went 1–2 against Neuheisel. The rivalry grew even more when Neuheisel celebrated by taking photos and jumping up and down on the "O" in the middle of the field after a win against Oregon at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks' victory in 2000 spoiled an otherwise undefeated season for the Huskies, who won the 2001 Rose Bowl and finished third in the nation.

Washington leads the series 58–43–5. Huskies head coach Don James was 15–3 against the Ducks from 1975–92, but since he retired the Ducks have a 15–5 advantage, including a current streak of ten straight since 2004, the longest by either side in the series.

Game results[edit]

     Oregon victories are green
     Washington victories are purple
     Ties are white.

  • Oregon's home games against Washington were played in Portland from 1911–13 and 1926–65.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raley, Dan (October 29, 2004). "Nothing neighborly about Huskies vs. Ducks". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ Linde, Richard. "The border war.". 4malamute.com. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Smith, Shelley (April 20, 2001). "Oregon-Washington: "We know they hate us"". ESPN Classic. Retrieved October 20, 2009.