Cougars, Ducks Tied at 21

PULLMAN – The No. 2 Oregon Ducks have struggled to find a rhythm on offense and any kind of answers to a quick throwing Connor Halliday on defense as the two teams went to locker room tied at 21.

After a missed WSU field goal attempt that placed the ball on the Oregon 20, Marcus Mariota found Devon Allen streaking down field on an 80-yards scoring pass to tie the game at 7 following the successful Matt Wogan point after.

Halliday and Williams hooked up again for the Cougars, this time on an 8-yard scoring pass with 41 seconds left in the first quarter to give WSU the lead again 14-7 following the PAT.

Mariota went long again on the ensuing drive to Keanon Lowe for a 57-yard scoring play. Wogan again was good on the PAT and the score was knotted at 14.

Oregon managed stall a WSU drive and aided by two critical plays by Mariota, the first a 40-yard rush then on the next play a heady incompletion to keep the ball at the WSU 13. From there, Mariota hit Allen for the second time to score from 13 yards out. The PAT was good and Oregon took the lead for the first time 21-14.

WSU scored the last TD of the half with 2:47 on the clock on Halliday’s third TD pass of the game to Rickey Galvin and the score was tied at 21 following the PAT.

For the half Mariota is 7-for-10, 165 yards and three touchdowns. Allen is the game’s leading receiver with four catches for 104 yards and two TDs.

Halliday is 27-for-41 for 261 yards and three TDs. Williams is the leading Cougar receiver with five catches for 63 yards and two TDs.

For the game WSU has 298 yards total offense to Oregon’s 210 yards.

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