Football falls to Ducks

Cougars play close game against Oregon



Then-junior wide receiver Dezmon Patmon evades Oregon defense on Oct. 20 2018 at Martin Stadium.

SAM GRANT, Evegreen reporter

WSU football traveled to Eugene, Oregon, Saturday to take on the No. 11 Oregon Ducks looking for their first road win in the Pac-12. However, the game ended in 37-35 loss for the Cougars.

The Cougars (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12) stopped Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) on their first drive, making a statement on defense.

WSU then ran the ball all the way down the field within the 10-yard line, settling for a field goal by redshirt sophomore kicker Blake Mazza, making it 3-0 Cougars early in the first quarter.

The Ducks responded with a promising drive, finally being held up by the Cougars and settling for a field goal of their own, tying it up at 3-3.

Oregon got the ball back again, this time scoring a touchdown off an 89-yard rush, missing the PAT after, making it 9-3 Oregon.

The Cougars brought the ball down to the endzone, ending the drive with an interception given up to Oregon early in the second quarter.

Sophomore running back Max Borghi ended up earning his seventh touchdown as the Cougars took their offense to the endzone again, putting the game to 10-9 Cougars.

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon threw an interception in the second quarter, being returned for a touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion, making it 17-10 Ducks nearing the end of the second quarter.

The Cougars bounced back in the following drive, taking the ball downfield in a quick drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Gordon to redshirt junior wide receiver Renard Bell, tying it up within a minute left in the second quarter.

After a shaky start for the Cougars, the Ducks took the ball to the endzone for a short rushing touchdown, making it 24-17 Ducks in the middle of the third quarter.

WSU responded by scoring another field goal courtesy of Mazza, cutting Oregon’s lead to 24-20.

Oregon took the ball back in the following drive, going all the way to the goal line and scoring a rushing touchdown, putting the Ducks up 11 points against the Cougars in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The very next drive WSU took the ball downfield, scoring another touchdown from Gordon to graduate student wide receiver Brandon Arconado. The two-point conversion after the touchdown was successful, which was also caught by Arconado, making the score 31-28.

The Cougars stopped the Ducks on a pivotal drive, holding them to only a field goal and keeping the lead by Oregon to only six points in the middle of the fourth quarter.

With a lead in sight for the Cougars, Gordon led his high-powered offense, hitting Arconado for another touchdown, giving the Cougars a 35-34 lead with one minute left in the game.

Despite only having one minute left on the clock, the Ducks brought the ball right back down to the endzone, hitting a field goal, winning the game 37-34 over the Cougars.

The Cougars will continue their road trip when they travel to Berkeley to take on California on Nov. 9.

Editor’s note: this story has been update to clarify the Cougars are traveling to Berkeley to take on California on Nov. 9.