EUGENE, Ore. — The last time Washington won at Autzen Stadium was in 2002, when the Huskies upset the No. 23 Ducks and then drew the ire of the fans by dancing on the "O'' at midfield.
After nearly a decade of dominance within the conference, Oregon (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) is limping into Saturday's rivalry game against the No. 5 Huskies (5-0, 2-0) with a three-game losing streak, while Washington is rising in its third year under Chris Petersen.
The Huskies also defeated Oregon back home in Seattle in 2003, but that was the last time they've won in the series. The Ducks have since won 12 straight.
Following Washington's 44-6 victory over Stanford last week, fans at Husky Stadiumchanted "Beat Oregon!"
While ending the streak may be important to the fan base, it doesn't really change a thing when it comes to Washington's preparation, Petersen said. He hasn't mentioned the streak to the players.
"We know it's important. But all these games are important. I mean, I want our guys to just do what they've been doing — just preparing hard and staying focused on the right things and showing up on Saturday with great energy and playing as a team," Petersen said. "You can't tell them, 'OK, now we're going to prepare really hard.' That's ludicrous."
Oregon has totally different concerns at this point. Reeling from the uncharacteristic losses, Oregon may start freshman Justin Herbert at quarterback.