Cougs run over the Ducks for the win

PULLMAN - Washington State used a balanced offensive attack to dominate Oregon, winning with a total team effort at Martin Stadium in front of a sold out crowd. The final score was 51-33.

Following a well played first half that showed a 28-14 advantage for the Cougs, they produced more of the same over the final 30-minutes.

When was the last time WSU rushed for 280 hashes? Saturday night against Oregon. They totaled 651-yards of offense using a ground attack for 280-yards on 40 carries coupled with 371-yards through the air. Luke Falk was 36 of 48 with one touchdown pass. The Air Raid ground attack posted six TD's. That's not a typo either. Six rushing touchdowns for WSU.

WSU took the opening kickoff 82-yards...and failed to score. Erik Powell's 22-yard field goal attempted was blocked leaving the Cougar place kicker 0-4 this season. A lot of work by the Washington State offense with no reward.

Despite the Cougs creating a turnover by Oregon's ensuing possession, Falk can't find the combination of plays for another touchdown. The drive stalled on the Oregon 3.

Cougar D strutted back onto the field needed just two plays for Hercules Mata'afa to drop Dakota Prukop in the end zone for a safety. Early on coach Alex Grinch's unit has outscored the WSU offense by two points.

When WSU killed their own drive with multiple penalties and punted the ball back to Oregon, Royce Freeman scampered 75-yards breaking a couple of tackles and sets up downfield blocks to put six points on the scoreboard for the Ducks. Mark Helfrich called for his offense to go for two to not only close the game to one score, but to seize momentum. The attempt fell short leaving the lights on the scoreboard reading WSU 30 - Oregon 20.

This one was becoming a game of wills begging the question, who wants to make the necessary effort to earn a Pac-12 win.

Falk and company put together a workman drive marching downfield 75-yards to make their claim to a victory. The drive was topped off with a hand off to Jamal Morrow who went up the middle untouched for his second TD run. This one was good for 14-yards. More amazing than than the resilience of the Cougs is the way they are putting TD's on the scoreboard. Four of their first five touchdowns cam as the result of running the football.

And there was more of the same.

The Oregon offense was frustrated on their next possession. They gave the ball back to WSU who chose to give the ball to James Williams three out of five plays on a 75-yard scoring drive. Williams showed spectacular moves and track star speed in racing the final 38-yards.

Though Charles Nelson momentarily stunned the Martin Stadium crowd with a spectacular 100-yard kickoff return touchdown, the Cougs dominated play the balance of the second half.

There would be no overtime needed to determine a winner in this match up similar to the last meeting between the Cougs and the Ducks it was all Washington State Saturday night.

"I'm proud of our guys," said Mike Leach before leaving the floor of the stadium. "One of these days before I retire I'm going to run it 100% one game and throw it 100% the next."

There's more coverage of the Cougar victory to come on Cougfan.com


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