Oregon threatens party on the W

Updated: October 29, 2003, 8:25 PM ET

EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington's party on the "O" at Autzen Stadium last season still stings for some of the Ducks.

"It was very insulting," free safety Keith Lewis said.

Last season, Washington fell behind 14-0 early but then scored 42 unanswered points to beat Oregon 42-14 in Eugene. The Huskies' celebration on the midfield "O" and in front of their visiting fans lasted well after the game was over.

The Ducks travel to Husky Stadium this Saturday with thoughts of revenge.

"I guarantee you, it's a promise, we'll probably make a couple of fliers for the party we're going to throw on their `W' after our win," Lewis said.

It is Oregon's first trip to Husky Stadium in four years. The last time Oregon visited, Washington won 34-20.

Oregon is 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference, coming off a 35-0 victory at home over Stanford. The Huskies are 4-4 and 2-2, following a 43-23 loss to No. 3 Southern California last Saturday.

Washington coach Keith Gilbertson, who replaced Rick Neuheisel after he was fired this offseason in a gambling scandal, was an assistant for the Huskies last season.

"I did not see what was going on. I came back from the press box and it is kind of a long walk from the press box. I really didn't know much about it until the next day," Gilbertson said. "I really don't have anything to add to it. I don't know that anything I can say is going to change it."

Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said that Oregon heads to Husky Stadium with a chip on its shoulder, but not because of last season's celebration. He said the Ducks still have more to prove this season.

The loss to Washington last year came in the midst of Oregon's late-season slide, which saw the Ducks lose six of their last seven games.

Oregon opened this season with four straight victories, including an upset of then No. 3 Michigan, and got ranked as high as No. 10. But the Ducks dropped their next three and fell out of the polls.

"The incidents that occurred last year -- obviously I wouldn't choose to do that and I wouldn't allow my players to do that -- but that's their choice," Bellotti said. "I was more frustrated by the fact that we allowed a team to beat us in our house, so that they thought they could do that."

Running back Terrence Whitehead said what's most important for Oregon, however, isn't revenge but finishing strong this season.

"They got a big win against us last year and they celebrated pretty good. We're looking to go out and have a big game against them," Whitehead said. "We're really just looking for a win to put us back in the Pac-10 race."<


^FREDERICK AILING:@ Just two weeks ago, Charles Frederick was a big factor in Washington's upset of Oregon State. He may not be in the same form when he faces the state's other Pac-10 team.

Frederick hurt his shoulder and suffered a bad chest bruise last Saturday in Washington's loss to the Trojans. He was questionable for the game against the Ducks Saturday at Husky Stadium.

"There is nothing to say for sure he will (play) and I'm not going to say he won't," Washington coach Keith Gilbertson said earlier this week. "It sounds better than it did Saturday."

Frederick set a school record with 371 all-purpose yards -- nine receptions for 216 yards and two TDs and an 86-yard punt return for another score -- as the Huskies rebounded with a 38-17 win at Oregon State.

If Frederick can't play, the Huskies will turn to freshman Sonny Shackelford, who caught one pass for 12 yards against USC.

"We want to beat their best so we want Frederick to play," free safety Keith Lewis said. "We want everyone to play at their best because we want to beat their best with no excuses."<


^EXTRA POINTS:@ Oregon and Washington have met 95 times since 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 57-33-5. ... Oregon's Jared Siegel has an ongoing school record of 76 point-after kicks made. ... Washington receiver Reggie Williams has the longest current reception streak in the Pac-10 with 33 straight games. He is in sixth place on the Pac-10 career list with 212 catches. ... Oregon cornerback Steven Moore has been listed as questionable for Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle.

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