A scintillating double-overtime win for Cougs in Eugene as WSU refuses to go quietly

WASHINGTON STATE STARTED both halves on fire offensively, convincingly driving for a pair of touchdowns on opening drives. Much of the rest of regulation, however, saw dissimilar results. But WSU mounted a comeback for the ages late in the fourth quarter when their hopes appeared on life support, and carried it on through two nail biting overtime sessions to stun Oregon in Eugene with a scintillating 45-38 double OT victory. Here's how they scored.

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First Quarter

WSU TD, 7-0, 11:42

Gabe Marks 7-yard TD reception from Luke Falk (Erik Powell kick)
Key play: River Cracraft hauled in a 20-yard pass from Falk on first play from scrimmage from WSU 25-yard line.
Drive length: 8 plays, 75 yards; Drive Time: 3:18

UO FG, 7-3, 1:48

Aidan Schneider 26-yard field goal
Key play: Royce Freeman 30-yard run on  first play from scrimmage from UO 28-yard line
Drive length: 9 plays, 63 yards; Drive Time:  3:20

Second Quarter

UO TD, 10-7, 6:06

Taylor Allie eight-yard run (Schneider kick)

Key play: Freeman 31-yard reception on swing pass, run on  first play from scrimmage from UO 28-yard line

Drive length: 4 plays, 53 yards; Drive Time:  1:30

UO TD, 17-7, 1:44

Freeman two-yard run (Schneider kick)

Key play: Freeman 42-yard run on first-and-10 from UO 29-yard line

Drive length: 7 plays, 71 yards; Drive Time: 2:22

WSU TD, 17-14, 0:09

Marks four-yard reception from Falk (Powell kick)

Key play: Marks’  25-yard reception on fourth-and-three from UO 33-yard line

Drive length: 10 plays, 75 yards; Drive Time: 1:35

Third Quarter

WSU TD, 21-17, 12:39

Tavares Martin 27-yard reception from Falk (Powell kick)

Key Play: Gerard Wicks 19-yard run on third-and-one from the Oregon 46-yard line down to the 27-yard line

Drive length: 4 plays, 55 yards; Drive Time: 1:30

UO TD, 24-21, 3:55

Freeman 17-yard reception from Lockie on third-and-14 from the WSU 17-yard line (Schneider kick) Replays showed an offensive pass interference flag was incorrectly picked up that would have resulted in a re-play of third-and-14

Key Play: From the Oregon 44-yard line, Taj Griffin zipped 43 yards down to the WSU 13-yard line

Drive length: 4 plays, 56 yards; Drive Time: 1:09

Fourth Quarter

UO TD, 31-21, 8:20

Freeman one-yard run (Schneider kick)

Key Play: Freeman 49-yard run on second-and-one, exacerbated by an attempted shoulder tackle on the 230-pound running back, down to WSU 19-yard line

Drive Length: 6 plays, 77 yards; Drive Time: 2:42

WSU FG, 31-24, 3:53

Powell, 22-yard field goal

Key Play: Jamal Morrow 31-yard pinballing scamper on second-and-five from the Oregon 38-yard line down to the seven-yard line.

Drive Length: 8 plays, 55 yards; Drive Time: 2:01

WSU TD, 31-31, 0:01

Dom Williams leaping 8-yard grab on a perfect fade pass from Falk with just one second left on the clock. (Powell kick)

Key Play: Can't be any less than two of them on this drive. Williams' 23-yard reception from Falk on third-and-21 from the WSU 19-yard line was huge.  River Cracraft's 21-yard grab on fourth-and-three from the Oregon 30-yard line, down to the UO 8-yard line, was just as big.

Drive Length: 12 plays, 70 yards; Drive Time: 1:57

OVERTIME

UO TD, 38-31

Bralon Addison nine-yard catch from Lockie

WSU TD, 38-38

Falk one-yard sneak on second-and-goal (Powell kick)

Key Play: On fourth-and-two, Mike Leach called a running play and Morrow slammed his way for two tough yards from the Oregon three-yard line to keep WSU's hopes alive.

SECOND OVERTIME

WSU TD, 45-38

On third-and-goal from the five-yard line, Cracraft appeared to break the plane with the ball coming out as he hit the ground, and Robert Lewis snatched it in mid-air and took it into the end zone. The call on the field was a fumble and touchdown by Lewis.  Replay ruling was the play stands. (Powell kick)

On Oregon's second OT possession, on fourth-and-nine, Shalom Luani picked off Lockie's desperation pass in the end zone and brought it out to the three yard line before taking a knee. WASHINGTON STATE WINS!

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