The key for the Ducks thus far has been their ability to dominate the Cougars in the trenches. Both lines have overpowered Washington St. and put Oregon in what is conceivably an insurmountable margin at the end of the first half. The Ducks have had their way with the Cougars to the tune of 390-yards of total offense and several explosion plays to their credit. The Cougs have only managed 130-yards of total offense, including three costly turnovers.
The Cougars received the ball first and used a roughing-the-passer penalty to move the ball down the field. QB Alex Brink connected with Michael Bumpus on a key first down play that had the Cougs threatening deep in Oregon territory. Chalk the big play up to the Oregon defense however. John Bacon dropped back into coverage and intercepted a Brink pass and weaved his way up field all the way back to the WSU 42-yard line on a 49-yard interception return.
Jeremiah Johnson set the tone on the first play from scrimmage when he took an inside handoff, bounced it outside and showed his wheels for a 42-yard, untouched, TD run.
Oregon 7, WSU 0
The ensuing series would be eerily reminiscent of the first for Washington St. After a long 38-yard completion to Jeshua Anderson, Brink would be picked off by Jerome Boyd at the Ducks own 5-yard line. The Ducks would capitalize on the turnover as Jaison Williams and Aaron Pflugrad made key catches to give Matt Evensen a 44-yard field goal opportunity, which sailed right through the uprights.
Oregon 10, WSU 0
A few quick drives later, Will Tukuafu made the big play as he stripped the ball from a scrambling Brink. Jerome Boyd recovered the fumble at the WSU 38-yard line. The running game took over as Jonathan Stewart went for 9-yards, Jeremiah Johnson for 11-yards on a screen pass, and then Johnson took it in untouched once again for an 18-yard score.
Oregon 17, WSU 0
Two series later, the Ducks offense stalled near midfield giving Josh Syria an ample opportunity to pin the Cougs back deep in their own territory. He did just that as the Cougars took over at their own 3-yard line. Nick Reed and Cole Linehan put the pressure on Brink and were able to combine for the sack as they slung him down in the endzone for a safety.
Oregon 19, WSU 0
The next drive had Dixon on the same page with Jaison Williams for 12-yard gain, and a 22-yard catch and run. Dixon then juked and dashed his way on a critical third down and long, buying time and connecting with Jonathan Stewart right before he reached the line of scrimmage. Stewart turned the ball upfield and scraped his way down to the 1-yard line where Dixon was able to take it in for the score on a QB keeper.
Oregon 26, WSU 0
After a quick three and out for the Cougars, Jaison Williams put on a show for the Oregon faithful. Williams took a quick out and used his strength, speed, and size to take the ball all the way to the endzone on a highlight reel 52-yard play. He was able to punish a defender with a brutal stiff arm and then turned on the jets to reach the endzone on the play.
Oregon 33, WSU 0
Oregon's next offensive series saw the Dixon to Dickson connection in full effect. Dickson caught a pass over the middle and broke away from defenders, barely being caught from behind on a 46-yard reception. Dixon hooked up with Derrick Jones on a perfect rope into the endzone from 10-yards out.
Oregon 40, WSU 0
At the conclusion of the first half, Oregon was dominating the Cougars in every facet of the game. Jeremiah Johnson was the leading rusher for the Ducks with 4 carries for 65-yards and 2 touchdowns. Stewart added 10 carries for 55-yards. Dixon was in true Heisman form, completing 19-25 passes for 259-yards and 2 touchdowns. His leading receiver was Jaison Williams with 4 grabs for 108-yards and one long score to his credit. The only drawbacks to the first half were the injuries sustained to both Cameron Colvin and Jeremiah Johnson. Both were carted off the field and could be huge potential losses if their injuries are serious.