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No. 5 Oregon downs WSU Cougars 38-24 with big 2nd half

Nov 13, 2021, 11:33 PM | Updated: Nov 14, 2021, 10:08 am

              Oregon running back Travis Dye (26) celebrates his touchdown against Washington St with offensive lineman George Moore (77) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Anthony Brown Jr. threw for 135 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 123 yards and another score, and No. 5 Oregon defeated WSU 38-24 on Saturday night.

Oregon 38, WSU 24: Box score

The Ducks, ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, have won five straight and extended their winning streak at Autzen Stadium to 18 straight games, including 14 straight victories at home over Pac-12 opponents.

Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) needed to win and for Stanford to beat Oregon State up the road in Corvallis earlier on Saturday to clinch the Pac-12 North. The Beavers didn’t hold up their end, winning 35-14 over Stanford.

Washington State (5-5, 4-3) tied the game at 14 before halftime but Oregon pulled away in the third quarter. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak over Pac-12 opponents for the Cougars, who fell to BYU on Oct. 23 in a midseason nonconference game.

The Cougars still need one more win to become bowl eligible and perhaps redeem a season that has been marked by turbulence. Washington State dismissed head coach Nick Rolovich on Oct. 18 after his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Our guys aren’t going to quit. They’re gonna keep fighting,” WSU interim coach Jake Dickert said. “They’re gonna keep battling. I think the biggest thing we were looking for in this game is just improvement and keep progressing in our program, keep moving forward.”

Saturday’s game got off to a strange start. Washington State’s second play from scrimmage appeared to be a 77-yard touchdown pass from Jayden de Laura to Calvin Jackson Jr. But on review, Jackson stepped out of bounds at the Oregon 7-yard line. On the next play, de Laura fumbled out of the end zone for an Oregon touchback.

Travis Dye plowed his way into the end zone from a yard out to give the Ducks a 7-0 lead. Verone McKinley III got his fifth interception of the season and three plays later Dye scored on an 11-yard pass from Brown.

The Cougars closed the margin on de Laura’s 14-year pass to De’zhaun Stribling midway through the second quarter. De Laura’s 1-yard keeper with 11 seconds left in the half tied it at 14.

Oregon scored on Brown’s 17-yard scramble on their first series of the second half to pull back in front. The Ducks extended the lead on Camden Lewis’ 22-yard field goal.

It appeared that Washington State’s George Hicks III recovered a fumble by Brown in the end zone early in the fourth quarter and ran it back 50 yards. After review, the play stood.

De Laura hit Travell Harris with a 38-yard pass to get to the Oregon 11, but the Ducks’ defense held and the Cougars settled for a Dean Janikowski’s 34-yard field goal to make it 24-17.

Byron Caldwell ran for a 27-yard touchdown with 5:52 left, before a 22-yard scoring run with 2:07 for the Ducks. De Laura’s 2-yard TD pass to Harris ended it.

Dye ran for 88 yards and a score, and had 25 yards receiving and another TD.

De Laura threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars. He was intercepted twice.

THE TAKEAWAY

WSU: Washington State hasn’t defeated a team ranked in the AP Top 25 since No. 25 Iowa State in the 2018 Alamo Bowl. The Cougars last defeated a team in the top 10 in 2017, when they upset No. 5 Southern California in Pullman, Washington. … Washington State was coming off a bye.

Oregon: Last year in Pullman, the Cougars led 19-14 at halftime but the then-No. 11 Ducks pulled away in the second half, with Dye catching two second-half touchdown passes, to win 43-29.

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