OREGON: ROAD TO THE ROSE BOWL GAME
October 26, 2019 Eugene, Ore. GAME 8
Oregon 37, Washington State 35
It took to the final gun to secure, but Oregon beat Washington
State to remain unbeaten in the Pac-12, snap a losing streak to the
Cougars and keep alive the drive to a conference title.
True freshman Camden Lewis made his third field goal of the
game as time expired, a 26-yard kick that gave the No. 11 Ducks a
37-35 victory before a crowd of 59,361 in Autzen Stadium. The Cougars
had gone ahead by a point with 1:00 to play, but Justin Herbert
went 4-of-4 for 52 yards on the final possession, setting up Lewis
for the game-winning kick.
Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) ended a four-game losing streak to WSU
by winning its seventh in a row this season. The Ducks did it largely
by pounding away in the run game, with Herbert’s 35-game streak
with a passing touchdown coming to an end on a night CJ Verdell
rushed 23 times for a ca-reer-high 257 yards and three touchdowns.
WSU’s always prolific passing game accounted for 406 yards
through the air, and Anthony Gordon’s third passing touchdown of
the night gave the Cougars a brief lead with a minute left in the
game. But the Ducks also picked him off twice in the first half, once
by Verone McKinley III in the end zone and later on a pick-six by
The UO defense also forced WSU to settle for two field goals in
the red zone, critical points in a game that ended on the final play.
The teams initially traded field goals in the first quarter, before
Verdell exploded for an 89-yard rushing touchdown late in the
period. From there on out the teams traded scoring plays back and
forth, all the way to the game-winning field goal; the biggest lead
of the game was 31-20 for the Ducks on Verdell’s third touchdown
of the night early in the fourth quarter.
Oregon played without senior defensive leader Troy Dye, who
suffered a broken thumb at Washing-ton last week. McKinley led
the defense with seven tackles, and Holland had six.
Herbert was 21-of-30 passing for 222 yards, spreading the ball
around to eight different receivers. Senior graduate transfer Juwan
Johnson led the receivers with 64 yards on four receptions, including
catches for 15 and 24 yards on the final possession, consecutive
plays that got the Ducks from midfield into the red zone, setting the
stage for the dramatics from Lewis.