Eugene, OR – Washington State Cougars remains undefeated and rewrites history with 33-10 victory over the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium.
Washington State in their first game on the road to defend their perfect record of 5-0 tonight. The Ducks with a 4-1 record and ridden with injuries, set out to prove to the PAC-12 that they were not to be underestimated.
Two penalties on the first two plays of the game for Oregon, as they look to pick up the tempo early.
After an Oregon fumble Cougars’ running back Jamal Murrow takes it to the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the game.
In the fourth quarter Braxton Burmeister throws an interception to Marcus Strong to put Cougars on Oregon 25-yard line. Falk then completes a pass to Isaiah Johnson-Mack in the end zone and Cougars are up, 30-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Despite proactive measures taken by the Oregon defense, Washington State remained in control on offense and defense.
According to Dye, “If you give up 33 points, you can’t expect to win a game. We just need to go back to the drawing board…”
Numerous penalties hurt Oregon’s defensive efforts as they could only score in the first quarter.
“I thought our defense played well”, explains Oregon head coach Willie Taggart, “I didn’t think we did enough offensively to show how well they played”.
Oregon Burmeister connects with tight end Jacob Breeland for his first collegiate touchdown and Ducks are up, 10-7.
Oregon’s defense dominates late in the first and Falk is unable to connect with his receivers.
Cougars waste no time increasing their lead early in the second half. Falk connects with Sweet for a 38-yard gain down to Oregon’s 10-yard line. Next play Bell catches a touchdown and Cougars are up now 20-10.
With eight minutes left in the third, defensive back Robert Taylor recovers a forced fumble by Burmeister. The turnover led to Powell adding three more points on the board for a 23-10 game.
Late in the fourth, Oregon’s defense holds the Cougar offense as Powell puts three points on the board to make it 33-10.
Falk completed more than 280 passing yards, 3 touchdowns beating out Duck’s former quarterback Marcus Mariota for 2nd-most in PAC-12 history.
Burmeister, in his first career start, left the field with 145 passing yards, 2 interceptions, and a touchdown.
Washington State remains undefeated at 6-0 and reigns victorious as No. 1 in the PAC-12 North.
Next up for the Ducks is Stanford on October 14th at Stanford Stadium, 8 p.m. PT.