GAMEDAY College Football

Oregon 44, Washington State 41

(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon quarterback Bo Nix was piling up the yardage, but the No. 15 Ducks were not getting into the end zone in the first half against Washington State.

That all changed with less than seven minutes left in the game, when Oregon scored three late touchdowns to come back for a 44-41 win over the Cougars.

Nix threw touchdown passes to Cam McCormick and Troy Franklin, and Mase Funa returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown as Oregon (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) erased a 34-22 deficit.

"Today was not what I expected," said Oregon coach Dan Lanning. "But what I did expect and what I did see was toughness, resilience, and a team of guys who won't give up. And they did that, they showed up and gave their all when we needed it."

Nix completed 33 of 44 passes for 428 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The Ducks produced 624 yards of offense in winning their third consecutive game.

Lanning said his team did not give up.

"Our locker room never wavered. They were composed, and ready to get back out there and convert some of those red zone chances," Lanning said. "We knew a lot of those were self inflicted wounds, and we felt we could fix that."

"I didn't see any selfishness on our sideline. I don't think anyone had a doubt in their mind about what we could accomplish if we started executing," Lanning said.

Washington State coach Jake Dickert pointed to Oregon's offensive production.

"You're not going to win a lot of games giving up 600 yards of offense," Dickert said. "We've got a lot of kids disappointed in there.

"It was them out-executing us in the fourth quarter."

Oregon's only loss was at No. 1 Georgia in the season opener.

The Cougars scored on their first possession, as Ward capped a 75-yard drive by running the final five yards for a touchdown.

Washington State linebacker Francisco Mauigoa returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and a 17-6 lead for the Cougars. They led 17-9 at halftime.

Oregon came out fast in the second half, with Nix throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mar'Keise Irving with less than a minute gone.

Nix threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Franklin with 1:21 left to give Oregon its first lead. Funa's interception return for a touchdown provided the deciding points with a minute left.

"That was a great instinctual play by Mase, he got his hands up and anticipated that throw and that was all him," Lanning said.

Washington State's Nakia Watson added a touchdown in the closing seconds.

WASHINGTON STATE OFFENSE

Washington State QB Cameron Ward completed 37 of 48 passes for 375 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Cougars produced 416 yards of offense in the game. "You saw the best of Cam Ward today," Dickert said. "He has magic with the ball in his hands."

WEBB TRIBUTE

All six Pac-12 schools hosting conference games on Saturday honored Spencer Webb, a tight end on the Oregon football team who died this summer in a cliff-jumping accident. Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado, California, Washington and Arizona State, all painted the 4-yard line stripe yellow, instead of white, in honor of Webb.

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington State was looking to knock off a ranked team for the second time this season, after winning at Wisconsin earlier. Oregon had scored 110 points in its previous two games, victories over FCS Eastern Washington and No. 12 BYU, and proved its offense was tough to contain.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OregonWashSt
WashSt TD 11:41 Cameron Ward 5 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 0 7
Oregon FG 7:36 Camden Lewis 24 yd FG 3 7
WashSt FG 4:31 Dean Janikowski 38 yd FG 3 10
Second Quarter OregonWashSt
Oregon FG 14:56 Camden Lewis 28 yd FG 6 10
WashSt TD 4:36 Francisco Mauigoa 95 yd interception return (Dean Janikowski kick) 6 17
Oregon FG 1:33 Camden Lewis 29 yd FG 9 17
Third Quarter OregonWashSt
Oregon TD 14:11 Bucky Irving 12 yd pass from Bo Nix (failed 2pt pass) 15 17
WashSt FG 8:50 Dean Janikowski 38 yd FG 15 20
WashSt TD 4:16 De'zhaun Stribling 15 yd pass from Cameron Ward (Dean Janikowski kick) 15 27
Fourth Quarter OregonWashSt
Oregon TD 14:56 Jordan James 1 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 22 27
WashSt TD 6:42 Robert Ferrel 1 yd pass from Cameron Ward (Dean Janikowski kick) 22 34
Oregon TD 3:48 Cam McCormick 1 yd pass from Bo Nix (Camden Lewis kick) 29 34
Oregon TD 1:21 Troy Franklin 50 yd pass from Bo Nix (BO NIX 2pt run) 37 34
Oregon TD 1:01 Mase Funa 27 yd interception return (Camden Lewis kick) 44 34
WashSt TD 0:01 Nakia Watson 1 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 44 41
Team Stats
  Oregon Washington State
First downs 28 28
  Rushing 11 5
  Passing 17 18
  Penalty 0 5
3rd Down Efficiency 4-11, 36% 5-12, 42%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 32-178 25-53
Passing Yards 446 375
Return Yards 43 120
Completions-Attempts-Int 34-45-1 37-48-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 4--34
Punts 2 3
Punts-Average 37 38.3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-87 5-27
Time of Possession 28:51 31:02
Oregon Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Nix 33 44 428 3 1
B. Irving 1 1 18 0 0
Washington State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Ward 37 48 375 2 2
Oregon Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Irving 11 81 7.4 0
N. Whittington 11 69 6.3 0
B. Nix 6 30 5.0 0
J. James 3 0 0.0 1
Washington State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Watson 12 36 3.0 1
J. Jenkins 4 13 3.3 0
C. Ward 9 4 0.4 1
Oregon Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Franklin 5 137 27.4 1
C. Cota 7 84 12.0 0
K. Hutson 5 72 14.4 0
D. Thornton 1 42 42.0 0
B. Irving 5 38 7.6 1
T. Ferguson 3 22 7.3 0
S. McGee 2 18 9.0 0
B. Nix 1 18 18.0 0
M. Matavao 1 8 8.0 0
C. McCormick 2 6 3.0 1
S. Dollars 2 1 .5 0
Washington State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Bell 6 84 14.0 0
D. Stribling 5 84 16.8 1
D. Ollie 5 80 16.0 0
N. Watson 8 68 8.5 0
R. Ferrel 8 50 6.3 1
L. Smithson 1 12 12.0 0
J. Jenkins 1 4 4.0 0
B. Riviere III 1 4 4.0 0
T. Nunnally 1 2 2.0 0
C. Ward 1 -13 -13.0 0
Oregon Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Funa 1 27
T. Bridges 1 0
Washington State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
F. Mauigoa 1 95
Oregon Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. James 1 42 42.0
A. Barry 1 32 32.0
Washington State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Haberer 3 115 38.3
Oregon Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Washington State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oregon Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. McGee 1 16 16.0
Washington State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Victor 1 25 25.0
Oregon Missed FG
Player Length
Washington State Missed FG
Player Length




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