Turnovers Mar Ducks' First Half

Pullman, Wash. -- Turnovers marked the first half of play for both the Oregon Ducks and the Washington State Cougars. The Ducks, for the first time this year failed to score in the first quarter of play losing two fumbles that killed drives.

Washington State was able to push the ball into the end zone twice in the second quarter while the Duck were held to one long drive and a 35-yard Paul Martinez field goal.

The Cougars scored their second touchdown with 32 seconds left the half on a 17-yard pass from Alex Brink pass to Jed Collins. Brink would find Jason Hill with 32 seconds left in the half to build WSU's lead to 13-3 after the point after.

Both teams suffered from turnovers in the first quarter. Brink was picked off on the first WSU drive but the Ducks failed to take advantage of the interception as Paul Martinez's attempted 51-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar and bounced harmlessly back into the field of play.

Dennis Dixon fumbled once the first as did Jonathan Stewart.

Three penalties haunted the Ducks in the first half particularly a careless illegal participation penalty that stalled Oregon's sole serious scoring drive.

Dixon finished up the half foing7-for-12, 63 yards with a long of 24. He also rushed for 11 yards. Jeremiah Johnson was the leading rusher for the game with 58 yards on 13 carries. Stewart had 24 yards on eight carries.

Dwight Tardy was the leading Cougar rusher with 28 yards on eight carries. Brink was 9-for-12, 96 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Michael Bumpus had four catches for 40 yards.

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