No. 2 Oregon overcame 89 pass attempts by Washington State’s Connor Halliday to beat the Cougars, 62-38, on Saturday night in Eugene.
The two teams combined for 1,275 yards of total offense, with Oregon piling up 719 yards on its own.
WSU actually gave the Ducks a battle early on, closing to within 34-24 at the half. But Oregon scored 28 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of reach.
Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota had another great game, throwing for 327 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 67 yards and a score. Tailback Byron Marshall rushed for a career-high 192 yards and three scores, while freshman Thomas Tyner broke loose for 99 yards and two scores on seven carries.
Much of the second half was logged keeping track of the ever-increasing pass attempts by Halliday. The junior broke the FBS record of 83 attempts set by one Drew Brees in 1998. He completed 58 of those passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns, but he also had four costly interceptions, one of which was returned for a score.
Oregon has now scored at least 50 points in six of its seven games this season. The Ducks will hit the tough part of their schedule next, with UCLA and Stanford coming up. If they can get by that gauntlet, they could end up making their second trip to the BCS title game in the last four years.
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.