Washington St. showed flashes of what it is capable of under first year head coach Mike Leach. Saturday night, the Oregon Ducks showed the Cougars they still have a long way to go.
Leading by only four at halftime, the Ducks rode a 21 point third quarter to a 51-26 win over Washington St. Kenjon Barner led the way for the Ducks with 195 yards on 20 carries and three rushing touchdowns. He also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The Ducks jumped out to a 20-3 lead, but the Cougars responded. With Connor Halliday’s pass to Brett Bartolone midway through the second, Washington St. got as close as 23-19. Oregon dominated the third quarter, however, scoring 21 points in a span of four minutes.
Marcus Mariota had some problems in his first game away from Autzen Stadium. He completed 21-32 passes, but threw to interceptions that helped keep the Cougars in the game. De’Anthony Thomas also struggled to get going, gaining just 54 offensive yards. However, Thomas did score his first touchdown in PAC-12 play early in the third to help extend the Ducks’ lead.
For Washington State, Connor Halliday threw for 347 yards, but attempted 60 passes in the loss. He also threw a pick six to Avery Patterson in the third quarter which put the Ducks up 37-19.
Oregon improves to 5-0 on the season with the win and 2-0 in conference play. The Ducks return to Autzen Stadium for an October 6th contest with the Washington Huskies.