Oregon came into tonight’s game with a golden opportunity. 5th ranked Oklahoma was upset earlier against Kansas State and 8th ranked Notre Dame was blown out by Michigan. Those upsets opened up a path for Oregon to make the playoff and move up in the standings. The only thing standing in their way were those pesky Cougars who had beaten the Ducks 4 straight times. But Oregon overcame some questionable officiating, injuries, and so-so defense to snap the streak and get a 37-35 win on a game winning field goal from Camden Lewis.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert’s streak of 35 straight games with a TD pass was snapped, but the Ducks offense didn’t rely on him tonight as they rushed for 306 yards. Cj Verdell had a career night as he rushed for a career-high 257 yards with three touchdowns on 23 carries and four catches for 56 yards.
Oregon’s defense played a bend but don’t break style tonight as WSU quarterback Anthony Gordon racked up 406 yards of passing with 3 TDs and 2 INTs. Both of those interceptions were huge as Verone McKinley picked him off in the redzone and Jevon Holland took the other interception to the house for an Oregon score just before halftime.
The play of the game came when Oregon was driving for the game winning score and Justin Herbert hit Juwan Johnson for a 17 yard completion along the left sideline on third-and-11 in a 31-28 game. Just 3 plays later Camden Lewis hit the 26 yard field goal to win the game.
Oregon now improves to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in PAC-12 play. With all the upsets around the country the Ducks should move up 3-4 spots in the AP Poll as they are now firmly in the national discussion for a playoff berth. Up next, they head to Los Angeles to take on USC.
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