Oregon–Washington football rivalry
First contestedDecember 1, 1900
Oregon, 43–0
Number of meetings111
Most recent meetingOctober 13, 2018
#17 Oregon, 30–27OT
Next meetingOctober 19, 2019
All-time seriesWashington leads, .563
Largest victoryWashington, 66–0 (1974)
Longest win streakOregon, 12 (2004–15)
Current streakOregon, 1 (2018–present)

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The game in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most played rivalries in NCAA Division I FBS history, has been played regularly since 1900.[1]

Series history

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.[2] California was undefeated overall, and Oregon's only loss was at undefeated Michigan,[3][4] 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,[5] opted for a playoff game, but California declined.[6] 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 (with Idaho & Montana) and four in California, so it was assumed that Oregon would be the team playing in the Rose Bowl, as even a 5–5 tie vote would be in their favor.[7] Instead California was voted champion of the PCC,[6][8] because Washington had persuaded Montana to vote for California, something that has not been forgotten by Oregon fans.[4][9] (The PCC allowed a second bowl team that season and Oregon went to the Cotton Bowl,[10] but lost 21–13 to hometown SMU in Dallas. California lost to twice-beaten Northwestern by six in the Rose.)[11]

Within the last sixty 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.[12] 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.[13] 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 Lambright in the 1990s, the rivalry was given another boost in Oregon eyes when Colorado head coach Rick Neuheisel moved to Washington in 1999. At the 1996 Cotton Bowl between #12 Oregon and #7 Colorado, Neuheisel called for a fake punt while the Buffaloes led 32–6 with less than five minutes left.[14] 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.[15] Two years earlier,[16] 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.[17] Due to Pac-10 scheduling, the teams did not meet in 2001,[18] the first break in the rivalry since the hiatus in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II.[19]

Through 2018, Washington leads .563. The Huskies went 18–4 from 1972 to 1993 (mostly under Don James, 15–3), but Oregon then went 17–4 from 1994 through 2015. The Ducks won twelve straight from 2004 to 2015, the longest run by either team in the series; the closest margin was six points (26–20) in 2015. It ended in 2016 when the fifth-ranked Huskies won 70–21 in Eugene, a game that set series scoring records for one team (70 points) and both teams (91).[20] Washington followed it up with a 38–3 home win in 2017. Oregon ended the 2-game Washington winning streak in 2018 with a 30–27 overtime win over Washington in Eugene.

Game results

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

Coaching records

Since 1945


Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Tex OliverOregon31945–1946030.000
Jim AikenOregon41947–1950220.500
Len CasanovaScript errorOregon161951–19663121.219
Jerry FreiOregon51967–1971320.600
Dick EnrightScript errorOregonScript error21972–1973110.500
Don ReadOregon31974–1976120.333
Rich BrooksOregon181977–19944140.222
Mike BellottiOregon131995–2008940.692
Chip KellyOregon42009–201240 1.000 
Mark HelfrichOregon42013–201631 .750
Willie TaggartOregon1201701 .000
Mario CristobalOregon1201810 1.000 



Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Ralph WelchWashington41945–1947310.750
Howard OdellWashington51948–1952410.800
John CherbergWashington31953–1955210.667
Darrell Royal Washington 119561001.000 
Jim OwensWashington181957–19741161.639
Don JamesWashington181975–19921530.833
Jim LambrightWashington61993–1998240.333
Rick NeuheiselWashington31999–200221 .667
Keith GilbertsonWashington22003–200411 .500
Tyrone WillinghamWashington42005–200804 .000
Steve SarkisianWashington52009–201305 .000
Chris PetersenWashington52014–201823 .400


  • Last tie was in 1962, overtime began in 1996 in Division I-A (one, 2018)
  • Two games were played in 1945, none scheduled in 2001

See also


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