The Evolution of a Program ...

Dateline 22 October, 1994. Autzen Stadium. Eugene, Oregon. Attendance - 44,134. Weather: 60 degrees and sunny...

SCORING SEQUENCE: UW - John Wales 38 yard FG, 14:50, 2nd Q: UO - Dino Philyaw 8 yard run (Matt Belden kick), 13:50, 2nd Q; UO - Ricky Whittle 2 Yard run (Belden kick), 12:33, 2nd Q; UW - Eric Bjornson 51 yard pass from Damon Huard (Wales kick), 12:02, 2nd Q; UW - Wales 29 yard FG, 3:19, 2nd Q.

Washington came into this game with a record of 5-1 and was ranked #9 in the country. They had beaten Ohio St. 25-16 and Napolean Kaufman had rushed for 211 yards.  They had beaten UCLA 37-10 and Kaufman had rushed for 227 yards. They had beaten Miami at the Orange Bowl 38-20, snapping the then NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak. The Huskies were riding high.

And then they came to Eugene.

The Ducks came into the game with a record of 4-3 having earlier lost to Utah and Hawaii. Their best victory to date that year was a 22-7 win over USC.
First Half
SCORING SEQUENCE: UO - 45 yard FG, 6:06 3rd Q; UW - Richard Thomas 10 yd run(Wales kick), 7:44, 4th Q; UO - Dwayne Jones 12 yd run (Belden kick), 2:40 4th Q; UO - Kenny Wheaton 97 yd pass interception (Belden kick), :49 4th Q

RUSHERS: Whittle 13 - 35; Philyaw 11 - 21, O'Neil 6 - 13, P. Malepeai 2 - 6, Ricketts 1 - (9)
PASSING: O'Neil 10 - 20 - 1, 123
RECEIVING: 5 - 94, Griffin 2-16, Johnson 1 - 10, Philyaw 1 - 2, Cuttrell 1 - 1

RUSHERS: Kaufman 23 - 101
PASSING: Huard 20 - 39 - 2, 254
RECEIVING: Bjornson 6 - 90
Second Half

Oregon used its total arsenal to end Washington's five-game winning streak defeating a second ranked opponent in a month and beginning to disprove the naysayers among the pre-season prognosticators.  The Ducks scored with their defense and kicking game during the jam-packed afternoon but ultimately needed the offense to complete the package.

Immediately after Washington took its first lead since early in the second quarter, Oregon traversed 98 yards for the go-ahead points, exonerating senior quarterback, Danny O'Neil's leadership skills.  O'Neil hit all four of his pass attempts during the drive for 68 yards and also scrambled for a critical first down in the march.

The Ducks had just 104 yards total offense before its scoring sojourn that have been and will be remembered by Duck fans for many years. Washington was mushing  toward a wininng score of its own deep in Oregon territory ( and Duck fans had a sinking feeling of "Here we go again."...") when redshirt freshman KENNY WHEATON set the crowd into a frenzy by stepping in front of a Huskies receiver and streaking 97 yards with the interception for the clinching points.

....and a Program was reborn.







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