Oregon Football went into Washington State looking for redemption from two year’s ago, and despite early adversity, found a way to comeback and win 43-29 on Saturday night.
Quarterback Tyler Shough was under center for his second straight game and found DJ Johnson for the first score of the game. Then, on the road, the Ducks on consecutive possessions had a fumble, an interception, and a second fumble. Oregon found a way to battle back in the second half for the win.
The Oregon Offensive Line deserves a lot of credit for this one. The Washington Defensive pressure up front was there for the entire game. The Ducks did a great job protecting Shough who had time to make his reads, in some cases to run the ball. In his first two games as starter he has had a first. He is the first Oregon QB to rush for over 160 yards in the first two games
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CJ Verdell had a big game himself rushing for over 100 yards. for the second straight game. He also had a touchdown.
Both teams showed off big-play ability, but Shough’s arm had a better day. The toss and catch by Travis Dye in the fourth quarter, a 71-yard strike, was the highlight of the night for a Ducks team that put up six touchdowns.
Nick Pickett led the defense in tackles before he was ejected for targeting late in the game. The call was questionable. Pickett was also cited for possible targeting earlier in the contest as well, but after review, it was determined he did not lead with his helmet and was overturned. Pickett finished the game with nine total tackles, with six solo. Kayvon Thibodeaux had a solid game, with an arm brace, with six total tackles, two for a loss, and two quarterback hurries
With the pandemic shuffling games around, Oregon Football will host the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, rather than Friday this week. Cal and UCLA will play their game Sunday. Gametime for the Ducks and Bruins has not yet been announced.