Recap and highlights: No. 5 Oregon takes control of Pac-12 North, inch closer to playoffs with win over Washington State

<p><p><!–[photo id=752508]–></p></p><p><p>Oregon’s rushing attack was too strong for Washington State to stop in Eugene Saturday.</p></p><p><p>The Ducks (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, CFP No. 3) gashed the Cougar defense for 307 yards, lead by quarterback Anthony Brown’s 123, to earn a 38-24 win over the Cougars (5-5, 4-3) and take full control of the Pac-12 North.</p></p><p><p>WSU was outscored 24-10 in the second half.</p></p><p><p>If not for the Cougars forcing two fumbles – one where Brown was stripped at the WSU goal line – the score could have been more lopsidded.</p></p><p><p>UO averaged 6.5 yards a carry, while WSU managed just 3.6 on the ground.</p></p><p><p>Jayden de Laura completed 20 of 36 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, but had two interceptions and a fumble that went into the endzone for a touchback on the opening drive.</p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983508]–></p></p><p><h3>First quarter</h3></p><p><p><strong><strong>14:01 – WSU 0, UO 0:</strong></strong> Jayden de Laura makes a statement on the second play of the game with a 70-yard completion to Calvin Jackson Jr. down to the Ducks 7.<strong> </strong></p></p><p><p><strong><strong>13:41 – WSU 0, UO 0:</strong> </strong>Jayden de Laura fumbles out of the endzone for an Oregon touchback. Tough break for the Cougars after big play to start the game.</p></p><p><p><strong>11:41 – WSU 0, UO 0:</strong> The Cougar defense forces a 3-and-out after the turnover. Tom Snee punts 41 yards to the WSU 30.</p></p><p><p><strong>9:36 – WSU 0, UO 0:</strong> Potential first overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux drops Jayden de Laura for a 7-yard sack and the Cougars are forced to punt. Oregon takes over at its 25.</p></p><p><p><strong>3:51 – UO 7, WSU 0:</strong> Travis Dye breaks the deadlock with a 1-yard plunge up the middle. That caps an 11-play 75 yard drive.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong><strong>3:44 – UO 7, WSU 0:</strong> </strong>Jayden de Laura makes a costly throw into double coverage that is intercepted by Verone McKinley III at the Ducks’ 47.</p></p><p><p><strong>2:04 – UO 14, WSU 0:</strong> Anthony Brown completes an 11-yard touchdown to Travis Dye over the middle for a touchdown. The Duck running back is the teams’ reception leader on the season. </p></p><p><p><strong>0:00 – UO 14, WSU 0:</strong> The Cougars punt to the Oregon 38, where the ducks will take over at the start of the second quarter. </p></p><p><h3>Second quarter</h3></p><p><p><strong><strong>11:53 – UO 14, WSU 0:</strong> </strong>The Cougars force and Oregon punt near midfield and take over on their own 11.</p></p><p><p><strong>9:22 – UO 14, WSU 0:</strong> De’Zhaun Stribling stopped short of the line to gain on third down and the Cougars are forced to punt. Oregon starts on its own 30.</p></p><p><p>WSU has just 44 yards of offense outside of the 70-yard pass to Calvin Jackson Jr. on the second play of the game. Cougs also 1 of 4 on third down attempts.</p></p><p><p><strong>9:08 – UO 14, WSU 0:</strong> The Cougs are back to their fumble forcing ways. Jahad Woods knocks it loose from Travis Dye, recovered by Jaylen Watson at the Oregon 46. </p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>6:52 – UO 14, WSU 7:</strong> De’Zhaun Stribling streaks across the middle and Jayden de Laura finds him for a 14-yard touchdown untouched.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>4:49 – UO 14, WSU 7:</strong> Brennan Jackson sacks Anthony Brown for a loss of five and Travis Dye is stopped on a flair pass on the following play. Cougars start on their own 27 after the Oregon punt.</p></p><p><p><strong>0:11 – WSU 14, UO 14:</strong> Jayden de Laura throws a beautiful pass to Travell Harris down to the UO 1, then two plays later keeps an option play for a 1-yard touchdown.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><h3>Halftime</h3></p><p><p><!–[photo id=752466]–></p></p><p><p>Washington State scored 14 unanswered points to tie the game before halftime. Jayden de Laura made a costly interception late in the first quarter that Oregon capitalized to take a 14-0 lead, but the Cougars quickly scored off a Duck fumble in the second to get back in the game.</p></p><p><p>De Laura is 12 of 19 for 199 yards and a touchdown, and added a rushing touchdown before the break. The Cougars have outgained the Ducks 233-157 and both teams are even in third down conversions – 4 of 7. </p></p><p><h3>Third quarter</h3></p><p><p><strong><strong>14:50 – WSU 14, UO 14:</strong> </strong>Lucas Dunker Jr. returns the opening kickoff 64 yards to the WSU 36, making a statement to open the half.</p></p><p><p><strong>12:52 – UO 21, WSU 14:</strong> Anthony Brown scrambles up the middle, hits the sideline and dives the final four yards for a touchdown. Brown is the Ducks leading rusher with 61 yards on 10 carries.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>9:57 – UO 21, WSU 14:</strong> Jayden de Laura can’t find Calvin Jackson Jr. on third down and the Cougs are forced to punt. The Ducks start on their own 5.</p></p><p><p><strong>2:54 – UO 24, WSU 14:</strong> Camden Lewis makes a 22-yard field goal to cap off a 13-play 91 yard drive that bled 7:03 off the clock.</p></p><p><p><strong>2:05 – UO 24, WSU 14: </strong>Cougars can’t get anything going on offense and punt after a 3-and-out to the UO 31.</p></p><p><h3>Fourth quarter</h3></p><p><p><strong>10:28 – UO 24, WSU 14:</strong> Game-changing play by George Hicks III, who strips the ball from Anthony Brown at the goal line and returns it to midfield.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>8:39 – UO 24, WSU 14:</strong> Jayden de Laura completes a 39-yard pass to Travell Harris down to the Oregon 11, but is sacked by Kayvon Thibodeaux on second down to set up a third-and-16 from the UO 17.</p></p><p><p><strong>8:31 – UO 24, WSU 17:</strong> Dean Janikowski’s 34-yard field goal is good. Plenty of time for more Pac-12 After Dark craziness to insert itself into this one.</p></p><p><p><strong>5:52 – UO 31, WSU 17:</strong> Byron Cardwell darts through a big hole up the middle and runs 27 yards untouched for a touchdown.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>3:53 – UO 31, WSU 17:</strong> Jayden de Laura’s pass is intercepted by Bryan Addison and that should do it.</p></p><p><p><strong>2:07 – UO 38, WSU 17:</strong> Byron Cardwell scores on a 22-yard rushing touchdown and the Ducks are pouring it on late.</p></p><p><p><strong>0:09 – UO 38, WSU 24:</strong> Travell Harris catches a 2-yard touchdown from Jayden de Laura and that’s a bad beat for Oregon betters that had the Ducks -14.</p></p><p><h3>Pregame</h3></p><p><p>Washington State travels to Eugene to take on No. 5 Oregon with the winner taking control of the top spot in the Pac-12 North at 7:40 on ESPN.</p></p><p><p>The Cougs (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) are coming off a bye, while the Ducks (8-1, 5-1, CFP No. 3) beat Washington 26-16 on a rainy night in Seattle. WSU last beat Arizona State 34-21 on Oct. 30 and will play its first night game since a season-opening loss to Utah State. </p></p><p><p>Oregon enters the game a 14 point favorite, as the Ducks control their own destiny toward their first playoff appearance since 2014 – beating Florida State 59-20 for the only Pac-12 win in the CFP.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>Series history</strong></p></p><p><p>Oregon holds a 51-42-7 series lead over WSU dating back 1901 where the Cougs won 16-0 in Pullman. </p></p><p><p>The Ducks have won the last two meetings, though before that the Cougs had won four straight including a 34-20 victory in 2018 that saw College Gameday come to the Palouse.</p></p><p><p><!–[photoset id=7100]–></p></p><p><p><!–[photoset id=7097]–></p></p><p><p><strong>Team stats</strong></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>Individual leaders</strong></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><h3>Game preview</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983403]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983353]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983348]–></p></p><p><h3>More on the Cougs</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983306]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983303]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983218]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=983196]–></p></p>