Quarterback Bo Nix threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Troy Franklin with 1:21 left to take No. 15 to give Oregon its first lead as the Ducks defeat Washington State 44-41.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Quarterback Bo Nix threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Troy Franklin with 1:21 left to give No. 15 Oregon its first lead as the Ducks scored three late touchdowns to defeat Washington State defeated 44-41 Saturday.
Washington State (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) had taken a 34-22 lead with just over six minutes to go, but the Ducks (3-1, 1-0) broke through on offense to secure the Victory.
Mase Funa ended the game for Oregon when he intercepted a Cameron Ward pass and ran it back for a touchdown with a minute left.
Nix completed 33 of 44 passes for 428 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The Ducks produced 626 yards of offense.
Oregon’s only loss was No. 1 Georgia in the season opener.
The Cougars scored on their first possession when Ward completed a 75-yard drive by running the last five yards for a touchdown.
Oregon drove to the WSU 5 but had to settle for a field goal from Camden Lewis when the WSU defense shut down two rushes from the 5-yard line.
Washington State’s Dean Janikowski took a 10-3 lead with a 38-yard field goal.
In the next series, Oregon drove to WSU 2, but three straight games failed to pot the ball and Lewis kicked a 28-yard field goal to reduce WSU’s lead to 10-6.
Oregon drove to WSU 7 on his next possession. But Nix threw an interception to linebacker Francisco Mauigoa, who returned it 95 yards for a touchdown and a 17-6 lead for the Cougars.
Oregon went straight back to WSU 8, his fourth foray into the red zone of the first half, but had to settle for Lewis’ 29-yard field goal to go 17-9 down at halftime. The Ducks threw up 305 yards and 15 first downs in the first half, but didn’t make it to the end zone.
The momentum changed in the second half.
Oregon came out quickly, and Nix threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mar’Keise Irving less than a minute later.
Janikowski kicked a 38-yard field goal to put the Cougars 20-15.
After Oregon’s first punt of the game, Ward De’Zhaun hit Stribling with a 15-yard touchdown pass to give WSU a 27-15 lead late in the third quarter.
Jordan James ran for a touchdown for Oregon in the first game of the fourth to reduce Washington State’s lead to 27-22.
Washington State drove downfield again and Ward threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Robert Ferrel to put the Cougars 6:42 in the game to a 34-22 lead.
Nix led Oregon on a 75-yard drive and threw Cam McCormick a 1-yard touchdown pass at 3:48 left to close within 34-29 and set up later heroics.
THE TAKE AWAY
Washington State looked to knock out a ranked team for the second time this season after previously winning in Wisconsin. Oregon had 110 points in its two previous games, victories over Eastern Washington and No. 12 BYU and proved his offense hard to contain.
Oregon host Stanford next Saturday.
Washington State hosts California next Saturday for the third home game in a row.
https://www.king5.com/article/sports/ncaa/ncaaf/cougars/nix-leads-no-15-oregon-over-washington-state-44-41/281-de6151b7-157e-4d1e-8f59-6210713adfdb Nix leads No. 15 Oregon over Washington State 44-41