Special teams mistakes cut, but don't kill

PULLMAN— When Quentin Breshears 29-yard field goal attempt caromed off the left goal post during the first quarter, it felt like a mistake the Cougars couldn't make. And though it had some significance at the time, WSU's special teams play ultimately didn't play a huge role in the Cougars' 38-31 loss to No. 2 Oregon.

What could have been a 10-0 lead became 7-7 when the Ducks immediately scored a touchdown following the field goal miss. Breshears had one other try during the game, and this one was good from 30 yards during the fourth quarter.

Breshears performance mirrored that of Oregon, as the Ducks went 1-of-2 on short field goal tries. Neither kicker got the chance to kick the ball through the uprights from a significant distance, thanks to nine total touchdowns scored between the two teams.

There wasn’t a lot of punting in the game as WSU went for it on fourth down four times and converted twice. The Cougars' Jordan Dascalo had a solid, unspectacular night punting the ball, with kicks of 41 and 48 yards, neither returned for significant yardage.

Washington State, on the other night, had the night's one bobble on kick returns. AFter a sensational series by the Cougar defense late in the first half, Oregon punted to Galvin near midfield. Just as Galvin was attempting to field the punt, a Cougar blocked a Duck defender into Galvin, causing a fumble that Oregon recovered. Nothing came of the turnover, though, as the Cougar defense recorded back-to-back sacks to end the first half.

Galvin had two other punt returns, one for 11 yards, and the other, a fair catch.

Jamal Morrow handled kickoff returns for the Cougars Kristoff Williams was once again absent. Morrow returned three kicks for a total of 65 yards. His longest return went for 26 yards.

Isiah Myers held the ball on field goal kicks and extra points in place of River Cracraft, who was listed on the depth chart as the holder heading into the game against Oregon.

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