There were so many mistakes on defense it is too painful to record or even think about. Earlier this week, John Neal said WSU would be tough because they are so well oiled its task of timing routes, that it will be tough to cover. However, it really become more simple than that. The Cougar receivers simply ran to where the Duck defenders weren’t, looked at Luke Falk who threw the ball and the receiver caught it. It was more of a game of catch.
For the game Falk finished with 371 yards of passing on 36-48 passing but only one touchdown and that was to Gabe Marks in the first half. Actually no WSU receiver had more than 75 yards but a total of nine receivers had double-digit receiving yards.
The real damage came on the ground. The Cougars racked up 280 yards of net rushing with Jamal Marrow leading the way with 122 yards of net rushing and two TDs. In fact, all three running backs in the game scored two rushing TDs. James Williams had 91 net yards and two TDs, Gerard Wicks also had two TDs from his 60 yards.
The Cougars finished the night off with 651 yards of total offense to Oregon’s 416.
Oregon was led by Royce Freeman’s 138 net yards of rushing and three TDs. Oregon managed to gain 214 yards on the ground and backup quarterback Justin Herbert scored his first TD an impressive 2-minute drive the covered 85 yards in eight plays including spotting tight end Jacob Breeland who caught Herbert’s pass and ran for 63 yards after the catch. Herbert was 3-for-5 for 70 yards in his two minutes of action.
Charles Nelson was responsible for the other TD going 100 yards for touchdown. While it was a major accomplishment, what also did was caused Herbert’s entry into the game to be delayed for about six minutes.
Defensively Oregon was led by freshman Brendon Schooler with nine tackles (six solos). Johnny Ragin III also had six solo tackles before he left the field with a knee injury.
Troy Dye, Oregon’s leading tackler did not make the trip thought defensive coordinator Brady Hoke said following the game that he hoped Dye will be available next week against Washington.
For Mark Helfrich’s part, he again said the Oregon coaches will need to do a better job in coaching up the players.