FB | No. 12 Oregon Can’t Overcome First-Half Deficit, Losing 34-20 to No. 25 Washington State

With College Gameday showcasing Pullman for the first time ever, Washington State felt like they were in control of their own destiny… they played like it too. After throwing an interception in the red zone on the first possession of the game, the Cougar-defense showed grit, forcing Oregon to punt. Thereafter, graduate-transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew took control of the game. He completed passes to nine different receivers, collecting 231 passing yards and three touchdowns en route to a 27-0 halftime lead. Oregon could only muster 39 total yards of offense in the first half.

After the break, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert showed signs of his usual, efficient self. He tossed 176 passing yards, one touchdown, and rushed in a score all in the third quarter. Oregon was able to cut the lead to seven after a field goal with 6:38 remaining in the game, but Minshew, who struggled mightily in the second half, ended the Ducks’ comeback bid, throwing a touchdown to Dezmon Patmon and ensuring a Cougars’ victory.

Postgame Stories 

First Half Deficit too Big to Overcome (by Jonathan Rifkind)

Ducks Fall Short of Second-Half Comeback Bid (by Jordan Brenner)

Postgame Audio

HC Mario Cristobal

Deommodore Lenior

Shane Lemieux

Justin Herbert

Troy Dye

Kaulana Apelu



Oregon Football Pregame Show (10/19/18)

Hosts: Sean MacPherson and Michael Strite

3:30 Oregon vs. Washington State in Pullman

  • What we’ve learned from Oregon heading in
  • The matchup
  • Keys for each team to be victorious

3:45 Oregon’s Offense 

  • Oregon’s O-line faces adversity, will test its depth (story by Alex Castle)
  • Who has stepped up this year? Who are we waiting to see more from?
  • What does this offense need to do to win today?

3:55 Oregon’s Defense 

  • Kaulana Apelu has stepped up big for the Ducks (story by Matt Tyra)
  • Who has been great defensively so far this season so far Oregon? Who needs to step up today?

4:05 College Gameday in Pullman

  • How tough is this crowd gonna be to overcome?
  • Over the River and Through the Woods by Jordan Brenner
  • Predictions

Off to Autzen Stadium with Alex Castle and Jonathan Rifkind at 4:15 PM