VB | No. 12 Oregon Comes From Behind to Down No. 22 Washington St.

In the most even matchup of the season, Oregon Volleyball was put to the test when the Washington St. Cougars came to Eugene. Fresh off a loss to No. 13 Washington, Wazzou was hungry for their first Pac-12 win. They got off to a quick start, taking the first set 25-22. Oregon, who tallied three service errors in that set, matched the Cougars’ intensity and won set two 25-22.

Set three showed a high-octane Oregon offense trade points with Wazzou before faltering and allowing a 25-22 set-win for the Cougars. Set four was a different story, as the teams traded leads three times and saw the score even 11 times. Led by Lindsey Vander Weide, who moved into seventh all-time for most career points by a Duck, Oregon was able to secure a 25-23 set win before going on to take the match on a 15-12 win in the final set. Vander Weide posted a 20-20 day with 22 kills and 28 digs. Wazzou’s McKenna Woodford also had a stellar day, striking for 20 kills and a .288 hit percentage. Oregon moves to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Washington St. is 9-3 and 0-2 in the Pac-12.

Match Story

Postgame Audio

Head Coach Matt Ulmer, Lindsey Vander Weide, Brooke Nuneviller

– Jonathan Rifkind 

 

 

 

FB | No. 7 Stanford Flips Script, Stuns No. 20 Oregon in Overtime Thriller

No. 20 Oregon Football was handed a startling 38-31 overtime loss at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the hands of no. 7 Stanford after near-dominance from the Ducks. Oregon went into halftime leading the Cardinal, who came into the match-up as 2.5 point favorites, 24-7. That lead seemed destined to balloon near the end of the third quarter, as sophomore wide receiver Jaylon Redd leaped into the end zone on a 16-yard run that was initially called a touchdown on the field. Further review showed that Redd’s foot hit the pylon before the ball crossed the goal line, three plays later Stanford linebacker Joey Alfieri took a botched snap 80 yards the other direction for a touchdown, and suddenly the game script flipped. The fumble recovery that became a mad touchdown dash sparked Stanford’s 31-7 run in the final 18 minutes of regulation and overtime.

The huge Stanford streak was highlighted by Oregon running back CJ Verdell’s fumble on 2nd and 2 from the Stanford 42 with roughly a minute left in the game and Oregon up by 3. Oregon’s turnover, one of three they gave Stanford on the night, led to Cardinal kicker Jet Toner’s game-tying 32-yard field goal as time expired and tight end Cody Parkinson’s circus touchdown catch on the opening drive of the extra period. Oregon moved to 3-1 on the year when Justin Herbert’s last-ditch effort to the end zone was intercepted on 4th and goal from the 10. Despite the game-ending pick, Herbert was nearly perfect on the night, completing 26-33 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt junior Dillon Mitchell complemented Herbert with a receiving performance for the ages, racking up 14 catches – 2nd in UO history – and 239 yards, three shy of the most any Oregon receiver has compiled. Next up for the Ducks are the undefeated Cal Bears (3-0), as Oregon will travel to Berkeley, playing away Autzen for the first time on the young season.

Game Stories 

Oregon Still on Outskirts of National Spotlight After Agonizing Loss (by Jordan Brenner)

Star-Studded Defensive Line Can’t Carry Ducks to Victory (by Cameron Derby)

Through Heartbreaker, Herbert and Mitchell Nearly Perfect For Ducks (by Jonathan Rifkind)

Postgame Audio

Head Coach Mario Cristobal

Drayton Carlberg, Dillon Mitchell and Jordon Scott

Justin Herbert and Shane Lemieux