SEATTLE — Oregon couldn’t have asked for much more out of its first two drives on Saturday night.
That is until the second one ended in a fumble.
It was all downhill from there as the Ducks could muster very little offense from that point in what turned out to be a 38-3 Pac-12 loss to No. 12 Washington before a Husky Stadium crowd of 70,527.
The Ducks (5-5, 2-5) have a bye before hosting Arizona on Nov. 18. They also host Oregon State on Nov. 25 needing one win to become bowl eligible.
Washington (8-1, 5-1) heads to Stanford on Friday night.
Oregon used a 15-play drive that covered 62 yards on its opening possession, but settled for Aidan Schneider’s 30-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead after chewing up nearly eight minutes off the clock.
The Huskies looked to answer but missed a 45-yard field goal attempt after the Ducks broke up a potential touchdown in the end zone.
The Ducks’ second drive ended deep in UW territory with a fumble. However, Keishawn Bierria’s long return was nullified by a penalty and the Huskies took over at their 29.
Still, Washington cashed in after a lengthy drive to even the score on Tristan Vizcaino’s 34-yard field goal with 12:04 left in the half.
After the Huskies defense forced a three-and-out, Dante Pettis set the NCAA record with his ninth career punt return for a touchdown.
Pettis caught the punt on the run and split the initial wave of defenders before breaking to the sideline and outrunning the coverage team for a 64-yard score that put UW up 10-3 with 10 minutes, 5 seconds to play in the half.
Pettis also set the conference record for punt return yards in a career on the return.
After a third straight three-and-out, UW took over at the Ducks' 43.
Two plays later, Myles Gaskin scored on a 34-yard run when he faked a reverse. Just like that it was 17-3 Washington with 3:54 to go in the half.
The Ducks turned the ball over on downs near midfield late in the half but the defense held with an interception at the 19.
Royce Freeman had 97 yards on 17 attempts in the first half as the Ducks rushed for 136 on 32 attempts as a team.
After the 15-play, 62-yard drive to open the game, the Ducks had a fumble, three three-and-outs, turnover on downs and the end of the half.
Washington dominated the second half.
The Huskies took the second half kickoff and scored on a 46-yard pass from Jake Browning to Pettis for a 24-3 lead just 1:18 into the third.
Washington continued to pile it on as Lavon Coleman scored on a screen play on third-and-12 when he rolled over a defender on a potential tackle. The 31-yard scoring play put the Huskies up 31-3 with 5:59 to play in the third.
After another defensive stop, the Huskies needed just one play to score again. Salvon Ahmed went 58 yards for a 38-3 lead with 2:17 left in the third.
Oregon had just 41 yards of offense in the period.
The Ducks saw their streak of 130 straight games scoring a touchdown come to an end. The last time Oregon failed to score a TD was against UCLA in 2007.