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Oregon overcomes flurry of passes in beating WSU

Marcus Mariota AP

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.

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6 Responses to “Oregon overcomes flurry of passes in beating WSU”
  1. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 20, 2013 2:50 AM

    Quack!
    But let’s not bury the ugly stuff too. Marcus fumbled twice for his first turnovers of the season. Wazzou did a good job tonight and showed some backbone. On another note I quite literally laughed out loud when I saw the final score between the two “top 5’s!”

  2. bmceh says: Oct 20, 2013 10:15 AM

    Never forget about the Beav’

    The Civil War is looking legit and perhaps will be a battle for the Heisman.

  3. melikefootball says: Oct 20, 2013 12:00 PM

    Living in the East I do love watching the Ducks play, they just don’t seem to care about turnovers or get rattled when things aren’t going so well. Fun to watch.

  4. oldforester says: Oct 20, 2013 12:37 PM

    Have never seen a game where the net rushing yardage for Washington State was 2 yards total for the game, and not one rushing attempt in Q4.

    Am not sure what Leach is about, but it isn’t football.

    He has a streakers mentality. He craves attention by having bizarre behavior, and in the end you know it isn’t going to end well for him.

  5. th56 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:51 PM

    I like Halliday, but a coach can’t have his QB pass 70-90 times a game. that’s not preparing this team for the future. Halliday won’t last the season. I really don’t understand what leach is trying to do. I understand doing what you have to do win, but you have to have some running game. You are almost guaranteed 4 interceptions a game when you throw that much. Plus what in the world is Leach thinking by leaving Halliday in the whole game? For crying out loud, the games out of reach, rest the young man. Leach is going to run him into he ground, why?

  6. oldforester says: Oct 21, 2013 1:51 PM

    Best stat of this game: 122 passes thrown by both teams. Number of pass interference calls – ZERO

    That has to be a record especially for Pac 12 officials!

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