Washington and Washington State are both ranked inAP's top 10 for the first time since October 27, 1997 (the schools were ranked in the top 10 for the first time a week earlier on October 20). Oregon's rushing attack, which averages 261 yards per game, will look to control the clock and keep the ball out of Falk's hands. Luke Falk led WSU to a decidedly one-sided victory over the Ducks on Saturday (Oct. 7), winning the road game 33-10 to move the Cougars to 6-0 on the season.
Washington State is coming off a big 30-27 win over USC last week to improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-12.
With six wins, the Cougars are now bowl eligible, though there is a lot of season left for Washington State to help determine where its final game will eventually be played.
On a pass that led to a 41-yard touchdown scamper by redshirt senior running back Jamal Morrow, Falk passed former OR quarterback Marcus Mariota for total career touchdown passes in Pac-12 history.
Meanwhile, Oregon is struggling to find its way. "So they called my name and I was ready to go".
"I thought we got on task pretty quickly", Leach said of his team after its victory against then-No. "He got dinged up a little bit and couldn't go back in the game". On WSU's first play, Falk dumped off a short pass to Jamal Morrow over the middle, and the running back broke two tackles en route to a 41-yard TD. He even had a long 21-yard gain at the start of the second quarter that was reminiscent of the runs he used to uncork previous year.
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A forced fumble from Hunter Dale, and interceptions by Strong and Robert Taylor helped give WSU extra offensive opportunities and the Cougars scored 10 points off turnovers. The Cougars would start the second half with the ball.
The next four USC plays were run for 1 yard, incomplete pass, run for no gain, field goal.
OR is off to a decent start to the season, losing only a 37-35 game at Arizona State two weeks ago. "They've had one of the highest recruiting classes for I don't know how many years". The Cougars repeatedly rattled true-freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister, making his first career start for the injury-racked Ducks after starter Justin Herbert suffered a collarbone fracture the previous week. Up to this point, the senior back had rushed for that many yards all season - and on 15 carries. He was sacked four times.
"Our guys play really hard", Leach said. "We were just more physical". This game will be a test to see exactly how good this OR team is.
The rest of the regular season will be a tough slog for the Ducks. After a first down, the drive stalled when facing a fourth-and-1.
Falk needed just one play to get the Cougars on the board.
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Tate entered the game after Brandon Dawkins took a late hit out of bounds on the opening drive.
The rest of the first quarter belonged to Oregon.
Washington State has dominated this series at the betting window, but the Cougars have done so as an underdog each time. Falk only needs 990 passing yards to break Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion's Pac-12 record of 13,600. Washington State held OR to 132 yards there. Three NFL scouts (Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams) were in attendance for the game while the BC Lions of the CFL were also at Autzen Stadium. A lot of the credit goes to Oregon.
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