Oregon vs. Washington St. - Second Half Recap

The end of the first half was the only thing that could stop the bleeding for the Washington St. Cougars. The Ducks led 40-0 and were dominating the Cougars in every facet of the game and finished with a 53-7 victory.

After a devastating last second loss to the then #5 California Golden Bears last Saturday, the Ducks showed all the poise and maturity of a team that has its sights set on running the table the rest of the season. #9 Oregon entered the game against the Cougars needing a solid win to re-establish the confidence and swagger they had after going 4-0 to start the season. In front of another sellout crowd, the Ducks did that and more as they cruised to a 53-7 victory.

THIRD QUARTER

The first possession of the second half led many of the Cougar faithful to the exits. Dixon picked apart the defense and connected with a streaking Aaron Pflugrad for a diving 22-yard touchdown catch.

Oregon 47, WSU 0

Brink finally put the Cougars into the endzone and onto the scoreboard on the next series. Brink hit Michael Bumpus for a 20-yard gain, followed it up with a 33-yarder to Jeshua Anderson, and then found Michael Bumpus again for 18-yards. Right on cue, Bumpus would find a hole in the Oregon secondary and come down with the catch for an 8-yard TD reception.

Oregon 47, WSU 7

After a few unsuccessful drives, Oregon got back on the board again in the second half. With the offense simply looking to run out the clock and notch another home victory for the Ducks, Brady Leaf took the helm. True freshman Daniel Padilla's 43-yard field goal was pure.

Oregon 50, WSU 7

At the end of the third quarter, the defense was the story of the day. The bend but don't break concept proved to be effective on several drives as the Cougs were able to drive the ball down the field, only to be turned away by the Duck's stingy defense. Washington St. went for it on fourth down a couple of times, and were turned away just as many.

FOURTH QUARTER

The final quarter was about as lackluster as the Cougar's offensive display this afternoon. With the game in hand, Oregon looked to escape from the game with no more major injuries. Washington St. left the field after being out-coached and out-played in a demoralizing Pac-10 loss.

Brady Leaf connected with second-string receivers and Remene Alston Jr. showed his speed and elusiveness as the Ducks scored the only fourth quarter points on a Daniel Padilla 39-yard field goal.

--FINAL SCORE-- OREGON 53, WSU 7

Oregon throttled WSU in every major statistical category. The Ducks amassed 551-yards of total offense while the Cougs could only muster 314-yards, most of which came in mop up duty. Dennis Dixon finished the game early in the third quarter going 21-28 for 287-yards, 3 TD's and no interceptions. Stewart was the leading ground gainer with 13 carries for 66-yards. Jaison Williams led the team with 4 grabs for 108-yards and a touchdown while Ed Dickson pitched in 3 catches for 70-yards.

The Oregon defense pressured Cougar QB Alex Brink all game long, and it showed. Brink tossed two interceptions, lost a fumble, and was only able to complete 15 passes out of his 33 attempts for 251-yards. The "D" also clamped down on the running game, holding the Cougs to just 63-yards on the ground. Oregon countered with 213-yards on the ground.

The Oregon Ducks improved to 5-1 on the season, and 2-1 in Pac-10 action. Oregon takes on Northwest rival Washington at Husky Stadium next Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for a 4:30pm start.

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