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Sabrina Ionescu decided to come back for her senior season at Oregon instead of heading to the WNBA. The NCAA career leader for triple-doubles was honored Thursday as a member of The Associated Press preseason All-America team.
In a lot of ways, CJ Verdell is like Oregon predecessor LaMichael James: What he lacks in size he makes up for with toughness and speed.
In a post-Oregon edition of the Washington State rewind, we revisit CJ Verdell’s big night against the Cougars, Tay Martin’s emergence – or rather, re-emergance – at the “X” receiver spot and where Wazzu’s postseason hopes stand in the wake of a 37-35 loss to the Ducks Saturday night in Eugene.
In the city known as TrackTown, USA, what started as a football game evolved into a footrace. Oregon running back CJ Verdell in one lane, Washington State’s defense in the other.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert led a late-game scoring drive that set up true freshman kicker Camden Lewis for a 26-yard field goal as time expired to give the No. 11 Ducks a 37-35 victory over Washington State on Saturday night in Eugene. Running back CJ Verdell had a career-night as he rushed for 257 yards, three touchdowns and 56 receiving yards. Verdell's 257 rushing yards are the most by a Pac-12 player this season. Herbert ended the evening with 222 passing yards on 21-of-33 pass attempts. WSU quarterback Anthony Gordon threw for 406 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Oregon remains first in the Pac-12 North standings at 7-1, while the Cougars fall to last-place in the north at 1-4 in league play this season. – Pac-12 Networks
Justin Herbert finally got his victory over Washington State.
Difference makers from Oregon’s 37-35 win over Washington State at Autzen Stadium in Eugene
It’s too bad most of America was in bed long before Oregon snapped its four-game losing streak to Washington State with a last-second 37-35 victory at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
Washington State moved the ball efficiently in the first half Saturday night against Oregon, but two misplays by receivers potentially cost the Cougars two touchdowns.
Officials whistled Travion Brown for targeting in the second quarter against No. 11 Oregon, disqualifying the Washington State linebacker for the remainder of Saturday’s game.
Dye played through a broken thumb in Oregon’s win over Washington last Saturday and practiced for the Ducks this week, but the linebacker wasn’t in uniform during pregame warmups and wore sweatpants with a bright pink cast over his injured hand.
Oregon freshman kicker Camden Lewis made a 26-yard field goal as time expired and the No. 11 Ducks beat Washington State 37-35 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Saturday night.
Oregon’s four-game skid against WSU will end in the heart of the Willamette Valley, but the Ducks won’t cruise as the oddsmakers suggest. The Cougars have enough offensive firepower to make Mario Cristobal and his staff sweat, but this team hasn’t shown the closing touch that allowed last year’s team to win the close ones.
Anthony Gordon would’ve been a few bad injuries away from seeing the field the previous time Washington State visited Oregon. So, because the quarterback never had to worry about strapping on a helmet, he was able to take in the ambience of one of the game’s most revered venues.
The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against No. 11 Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
Ryan and Mauigoa never have shared much in common, aside from their mission on the football field: to guarantee the safety of WSU’s record-breaking quarterbacks – Luke Falk, Gardner Minshew and Anthony Gordon among them. But now they’re inseparable.
Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Yogi Roth detail the storylines to follow when Washington State visits Autzen Stadium for a Saturday night tilt. The Ducks are one spot away from cracking a top-10 ranking and own a six-game win streak but have dropped four straight to WSU in the all-time series. The Cougars are coming off their first win of Pac-12 play. – Pac-12 Networks
While the Washington State football team has had a devil of a time beating its primary rival, it has had its way with the teams from Oregon the last four years.
Mike Leach’s vaunted Air Raid, which has produced the nation’s leading passer for a second straight year, will be the next task for Oregon’s defense, which hasn’t held the Cougars under 30 points since 2012 – Leach’s first season at the helm in Pullman.
With the second half of the season getting ready to start, here is a look at how the second-year Pac-12 coaches are faring: