Oregon Football: Ducks Face Experienced Washington State On The Road

Oregon Football will be looking for their first road win of the season visiting Washington State on Saturday, but the Cougars won’t make it easy.

Both teams come in with young quarterbacks who performed well in the opening weekend of the Pac-12 season Tyler Shough had two touchdowns, one running, one passing. On the other side Freshman Quarterback Jayden de Laura had over 200 yards through the air as well as over 50 yards on the ground in the Cougars 38-28 win over Oregon State.

According to Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal, de Laura is the one to watch, “Phenomenal player. Does not look like a freshman at all. He’s complemented by a very physical and talented offensive line. Their running game is hard to tackle. He has a great supporting cast and he does a great job of running the offense.” While just a Freshman, his own quarterback had an impressive debut.

Tyler Shough started the game vs Stanford, but the Ducks also have Anthony Brown who Cristobal said has also impressed in Fall Camp and could see his opportunity. Shough, however, has been in the Oregon system longer and is showing some solid leadership qualities, “Tyler had a solid game. Thought his decisions in the run game were pretty good. Fairly accurate created explosive plays. He’s growing, he’s learning. He takes coaching well.”

In looking at the Cougars after their win, Cristobal was impressed overall with how well they performed as a team, “They just attack you in every imaginable way. They get downhill in the run game and are unbelievable at finding the soft spots (in the passing game). If those close off, they are very precise in finding the next soft spot. They are disciplined and present all kinds of challenges.”

A photo earlier today showed snow on the field at Washington State. The coronavirus pandemic may be an issue with this game. On Tuesday, it was rumored that the State of Washington was going into lockdown for the next two weeks, but as of this report that has not come to fruition. It was also reported that there was a COVID-19 case with the Cougars.

At the moment Oregon and Washington State are set to kickoff Saturday at 4 pm on FOX.