EUGENE, Ore-- On Saturday, first-year starting Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough shinned brightly, leading the team with four touchdowns as the Ducks won 43-29. This is the first win that the Ducks have gotten in Pullman since 2014.
Oregon got on the board first with a beautiful 13-yard pass from Shough to D.J. Johnson which gave the Ducks a seven to nothing lead mid-way through the first quarter.
But the freshmen Washington State quarterback, Jayden de Laura, has been lights out for the Cougars so far this season, and would lead the Cougs on back-to-back drives for touchdowns, giving Washington State a six-point lead.
Shough and the Oregon offense would get things rolling again though late in the second quarter, finding Jaylon Redd for a 57-yard catch to the Washington State three-yard line, where C.J. Verdell would clean things up with a touchdown.
Ducks would trail the Cougars going into halftime 14-19.
But in the second half Shough would come alive for the Ducks, scoring 21 points late in the third quarter and early into the fourth. Shough would find running back Travis Dye on a 16-yard wheel route in the seems which would give the Ducks the lead. On their next possession Shough, would find the easy score to Johnny Johnson the third, and then later, Should again would find Travis Dye again for the score, a 71-yard touchdown pass.
Shough would finish the game completing 21 out of his 30 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception as well.
Verdell was also dominate on the ground, rushing for 118 yards and a score to his name.
The Ducks defense also fed off the offense, only allowing 30 yards combined in the third quarter and only 9 points in the entire second half.