Oregon–Washington football rivalry

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Oregon–Washington football rivalry
OregonDucks.svg University of Washington Block W logo.svg
Oregon Ducks Washington Huskies

Total meetings 107
Series record Washington leads, 58–44–5
First meeting December 1, 1900
Oregon, 43–0
Last meeting October 18, 2014
Oregon, 45–20
Next meeting October 17, 2015
Largest win Washington, 66–0 (1974)
Longest win streak Oregon, 11 (2004-present)
Current win streak Oregon, 11 (2004-present)

The Oregon–Washington football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies of the Pacific-12 Conference. The respective campuses in Eugene and Seattle are about 300 miles (480 km) apart, via Interstate 5. Like many other adjacent state rivalries in college football, it is sometimes referred to as "The Border War". It is also referred to as "The Cascade Clash." 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 from Oregon's perspective in 1948, when Oregon and California both went undefeated in the Pacific Coast Conference.[3] California was undefeated overall, and Oregon's only loss was at undefeated Michigan,[4][5] that year's national champions, and the Ducks had seven victories in the PCC to Cal's six. The winner of the PCC, as is today with the Pac-12, played in the Rose Bowl. Oregon, led by quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and halfback John McKay,[6] opted for a playoff game, but California declined.[7] The tiebreaker format the PCC elected to use was that the championship team be elected by the schools. The PCC had ten member schools in 1948, six in the Northwest and four in California, so it was assumed that Oregon would be the team playing in the 1949 Rose Bowl, as even a 5-5 tie vote would be in their favor.[8] Instead California was voted champion of the PCC,[7][9] because the University of Washington had persuaded the University of Montana, then a member of the PCC, to vote for California, something that has not been forgotten by Oregon fans.[5][10] (The PCC allowed a second bowl team that season and Oregon went to the Cotton Bowl,[11] but lost 21–13 to hometown SMU in Dallas. California lost to twice-beaten Northwestern by six in the Rose.)[12]

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 at Husky Stadium while he was trying to catch the tie-breaking touchdown on the game's final play.[13] 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.[14] Seattle Post Intelligencer columnist Bud Withers wrote that Lambright's actions "invited at least another half-century worth of bile from Oregon fans."

After winning four of six over Washington head coach Jim Lambright, the rivalry was given another boost in Oregon eyes when former Colorado head coach Rick Neuheisel became Washington's head coach in 1999. A few years earlier, at the 1996 Cotton Bowl between Oregon and Colorado, Neuheisel called for a fake punt while the Buffaloes led 32–6 with less than five minutes left.[15] Oregon coach Mike Bellotti was also accused of turning Neuheisel in for recruiting during the dead period. The Ducks were 1–2 against the Huskies under Neuheisel, and 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 at Autzen Stadium in 2002.[16] Two years earlier,[17] the Ducks' victory in 2000 in Eugene spoiled an otherwise undefeated season for the Huskies, who won the Rose Bowl and finished third in the nation.[18] In the wake of September 11th he teams did not meet in 2001, the first break in the rivalry since the hiatus in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II.

Through 2014, Washington leads the series 58–44–5. The Huskies went 17–3 against Oregon from 1974–93, but since then Oregon has a 16–4 advantage. The first ten were split at five each, but since 2004, the Ducks have won eleven straight, the longest run by either in the series. The closest margin during the current Oregon streak is 17 points in 2011. The last time the victory margin was under ten points (by either side) was in 2000, when the Ducks won by seven in the Huskies' only loss of the season.

Game results[edit]

Oregon victories Washington victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1900 Eugene, OR Oregon 43–0
2 1903 Seattle, WA Washington 6–5
3 1904 Eugene, OR Oregon 18–0
4 1905 Eugene, OR Tie 12–12
5 1906 Eugene, OR Oregon 16–6
6 1907 Seattle, WA Oregon 6–0
7 1908 Eugene, OR Washington 15–0
8 1909 Seattle, WA Washington 20–6
9 1911 Portland, OR Washington 29–3
10 1912 Seattle, WA Washington 30–14
11 1913 Portland, OR Washington 10–7
12 1914 Seattle, WA Washington 10–0
13 1916 Eugene, OR Tie 0–0
14 1918 Eugene, OR Oregon 7–0
15 1919 Seattle, WA Oregon 24–13
16 1920 Eugene, OR Oregon 17–0
17 1922 Seattle, WA Tie 3–3
18 1923 Seattle, WA Washington 26–7
19 1924 Eugene, OR Oregon 7–3
20 1925 Seattle, WA Washington 15–14
21 1926 Portland, OR Washington 23–9
22 1927 Seattle, WA Washington 7–0
23 1928 Portland, OR Oregon 27–0
24 1929 Seattle, WA Oregon 14–0
25 1930 Portland, OR Oregon 7–0
26 1931 Seattle, WA Oregon 13–0
27 1932 Portland, OR Tie 0–0
28 1933 Seattle, WA Oregon 6–0
29 1934 Portland, OR Washington 16–6
30 1935 Seattle, WA Oregon 7–6
31 1936 Portland, OR Washington 7–0
32 1937 Seattle, WA Washington 14–0
33 1938 Portland, OR Oregon 3–0
34 1939 Seattle, WA Washington 20–13
35 1940 Portland, OR Washington 10–0
36 1941 Seattle, WA Oregon 19–16
37 1942 Portland, OR Washington 15–7
# Date Location Winner Score
38 1944 Seattle, WA Washington 20–6
39 1945 Portland, OR Washington 7–0
40 1946 Seattle, WA Washington 16–0
41 1947 Portland, OR Oregon 6–0
42 1948 Seattle, WA Oregon 13–7
43 1949 Portland, OR Washington 28–7
44 1950 Seattle, WA Washington 27–13
45 1951 Portland, OR Washington 63–6
46 1952 Seattle, WA Washington 49–0
47 1953 Portland, OR Washington 14–6
48 1954 Seattle, WA Oregon 26–7
49 1955 Portland, OR Washington 19–7
50 1956 Seattle, WA Washington 20–7
51 1957 Portland, OR Washington 13–6
52 1958 Seattle, WA Washington 6–0
53 1959 Portland, OR Washington 13–12
54 1960 Seattle, WA Washington 7–6
55 1961 Portland, OR Oregon 7–6
56 1962 Seattle, WA Tie 21–21
57 1963 Portland, OR Washington 26–19
58 1964 Seattle, WA Oregon 7–0
59 1965 Portland, OR Washington 24–0
60 1966 Seattle, WA Washington 10–7
61 1967 Eugene, OR Washington 26–0
62 1968 Seattle, WA Oregon 3–0
63 1969 Eugene, OR Oregon 22–7
64 1970 Seattle, WA Washington 25–23
65 1971 Eugene, OR Oregon 23–21
66 1972 Seattle, WA Washington 23–17
67 1973 Eugene, OR Oregon 58–0
68 1974 Seattle, WA Washington 66–0
69 1975 Eugene, OR Washington 27–17
70 1976 Seattle, WA Washington 14–7
71 1977 Eugene, OR Washington 54–0
72 1978 Seattle, WA Washington 20–14
73 1979 Eugene, OR Washington 21–17
74 1980 Seattle, WA Oregon 34–10
# Date Location Winner Score
75 1981 Eugene, OR Washington 17–3
76 1982 Seattle, WA Washington 37–21
77 1983 Eugene, OR Washington 32–3
78 1984 Seattle, WA Washington 17–3
79 1985 Eugene, OR Washington 19–13
80 1986 Seattle, WA Washington 38–3
81 1987 Eugene, OR Oregon 29–22
82 1988 Eugene, OR Oregon 17–14
83 1989 Seattle, WA Washington 20–14
84 1990 Seattle, WA Washington 38–17
85 1991 Seattle, WA Washington 29–7
86 1992 Eugene, OR Washington 24–3
87 1993 Seattle, WA Washington 21–6
88 1994 Eugene, OR Oregon 31–20
89 1995 Seattle, WA Oregon 24–22
90 1996 Eugene, OR Washington 33–14
91 1997 Seattle, WA Oregon 31–28
92 1998 Eugene, OR Oregon 27–22
93 1999 Seattle, WA Washington 34–20
94 2000 Eugene, OR Oregon 23–16
95 2002 Eugene, OR Washington 42–14
96 2003 Seattle, WA Washington 42–10
97 2004 Eugene, OR Oregon 31–6
98 2005 Eugene, OR Oregon 45–21
99 2006 Eugene, OR Oregon 34–14
100 2007 Seattle, WA Oregon 55–34
101 2008 Eugene, OR Oregon 44–10
102 2009 Seattle, WA Oregon 43–19
103 2010 Eugene, OR Oregon 53–16
104 2011 Seattle, WA Oregon 34–17
105 2012 Eugene, OR Oregon 52–21
106 2013 Seattle, WA Oregon 45–24
107 2014 Eugene, OR Oregon 45–20
108 2015 Seattle, WA
Series: Washington leads 58–44–5


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

See also[edit]

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. ^ "Final Coast Conference standings". Eugene Register-Guard. November 21, 1948. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Oregon suffers 14-0 loss, but shows real class". Eugene Register-Guard. October 3, 1948. p. 1. 
  5. ^ a b Bellamy, Ron (September 19, 2003). "Ducks have been shut out of success against the Wolverines". Euegene Register-Guard. p. B1. 
  6. ^ Clark, Bob (September 3, 1998). "Top Ducks". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 3D. 
  7. ^ a b "California Bears get Rose Bowl Bid". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. November 22, 1948. p. 1. 
  8. ^ "Unofficially, its Northwestern in the Rose Bowl; Oregon would like bid". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. November 22, 1948. p. 11. 
  9. ^ "Northwestern, California get nominations to Rose Bowl". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 23, 1948. p. 4, part 2. 
  10. ^ Smith, Shelley (April 20, 2001). "Oregon-Washington: "We know they hate us"". ESPN Classic. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Oregon to play in Cotton Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. November 27, 1948. p. 1. 
  12. ^ Strite, Dick (January 2, 1949). "Oregon, Cal both drop bowl games". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1. 
  13. ^ Strite, Dick (October 28, 1962). "Rallying Ducks battle Huskies to tie". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1B. 
  14. ^ Conrad, John (November 14, 1995). "Ducks, Huskies fightin' again". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1D. 
  15. ^ Bellamy, Ron (January 2, 1996). "Fake punt: Ducks think it adds insult to their injury". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 5C. 
  16. ^ Hansen, Chris (November 17, 2002). "Huskies party at Ducks' expense". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 4D. 
  17. ^ "Ducks flying high". Eugene Register-Guard. October 1, 2000. p. 1A. 
  18. ^ Nadel, John (January 2, 2001). "Huskies follow leader to bowl victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. p. 1E. 

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