No. 11 Oregon rallies for win at Washington State
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Shough, making his first career road start, threw for four touchdowns as No. 11 Oregon rallied for a 43-29 Pac-12 Conference victory against Washington State on Saturday in Pullman, Wash.
Shough completed 21 of 30 passes for 312 yards for the Ducks (2-0 overall, 2-0 Pac-12), who trailed by 12 points late in the first half.
Oregon’s CJ Verdell rushed 18 times for a game-high 118 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jaylon Redd made five catches for 99 yards and running back Travis Dye caught two TD passes.
The Ducks’ Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored on a 1-yard run with 1:40 remaining to help clinch the victory.
For Washington State (1-1, 1-1), true freshman Jayden de Laura was 25-of-39 passing for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Renard Bell was his favorite target, with 10 catches for 158 yards and a score.
The Cougars’ Deon McIntosh, a transfer from Notre Dame filling in for the injured Max Borghi for the second consecutive week, rushed 16 times for 92 yards and a TD.
The Ducks trailed 19-7 after a 49-yard field goal by Washington State’s Blake Mazza with 20 seconds left in the first half.
Oregon’s Devon Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards and Shough hit Redd for a 57-yard completion on the next play to reach WSU’s 3-yard line. Verdell scored on a 3-yard run with three seconds left before the intermission to give the Ducks some momentum going into the half.
A 16-yard touchdown reception by Dye with 3:26 left in the third gave the Ducks a 21-19 lead.
Oregon scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, including on a 71-yard pass from Shough to Dye.
Oregon scored the first time it had the ball, marching 92 yards in 15 plays. Shough capped it with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end DJ Johnson.
The Cougars responded with 19 consecutive points on de Laura scoring passes of 18 yards to tight end Lucas Bacon and 4 yards to Bell, plus a pair of field goals from Mazza.
–Field Level Media