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Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

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It seems Bo Nix is starting to settle in at Oregon.

The quarterback -- who transferred in the offseason after starting for three seasons at Auburn -- garnered national accolades after leading the host Ducks to a 41-21 victory against then-ranked No. 12 BYU last weekend.

Nix and No. 15 Oregon (2-1) will open Pac-12 Conference play Saturday when they travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on a surging Washington State (3-0).

Nix completed 13 of 18 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns against BYU and also rushed for three scores. The last Oregon quarterback to score at least three times on the ground and twice through the air in a single game was Heisman-winner Marcus Mariota in 2014.

"I felt like I didn't do anything different, just went out there and played the game, let it come to me," Nix said. "At the end of the day I'm a point guard... So, my job is kind of easy: Knowing what to do with the ball, knowing who to give the ball to, and then letting those guys do their thing."

Nix rebounded from a shaky opener -- a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia -- to guide the Ducks to a 70-14 victory against Eastern Washington before the BYU game, for which he was named player of the week by the Maxwell Award, the Pac-12, and the Senior Bowl. He was also selected to the Davey O'Brien Great 8 of the Week.

"One of my past coaches told me that pressure is a privilege, and so I've really taken that to heart, and there's nothing more true, in my opinion," Nix said. "When you have a lot of pressure, it means that people believe in you; people believe you can do it or you wouldn't have pressure at all."

First-year Oregon coach Dan Lanning is optimistic the Ducks will have running back Byron Cardwell Jr. and linebacker Justin Flowe back this week. Neither played against BYU because of unspecified injuries.

"I wouldn't sit here and say they're both 100 percent yet, but I'm hopeful that both of them can help us this next weekend," Lanning said.

The Ducks, who moved up 10 spots in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll this week, could use a full complement of players against a Washington State team that counts a 17-14 decision at then-ranked No. 19 Wisconsin among its victories.

The Cougars returned home last weekend and defeated Colorado State 38-7 as Cameron Ward threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns.

Wazzu scored on its first four possessions.

"We started fast," Cougars' coach Jake Dickert said. "That's exactly what we needed to do in this football game."

Dickert praised his players for not falling into the trap of looking ahead to the Oregon game.

"It's important to take these one game at a time," he said. "They've bought into the mentality of not looking into the big picture."

But now that it's Oregon week?

"This is going to be a big-time football game," Dickert said. "I want those seats full."

--Field Level Media

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Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Recap NOV 14TH 2020

Sophomore quarterback Tyler Shough, making his first career road start, threw for four touchdowns as No. 11 Oregon rallied for a 43-29 Pac-12 Conference victory against Washington State on Saturday in Pullman, Wash.

Shough completed 21 of 30 passes for 312 yards for the Ducks (2-0 overall, 2-0 Pac-12), who trailed by 12 points late in the first half.

Oregon's CJ Verdell rushed 18 times for a game-high 118 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jaylon Redd made five catches for 99 yards and running back Travis Dye caught two TD passes.

The Ducks' Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored on a 1-yard run with 1:40 remaining to help clinch the victory.

For Washington State (1-1, 1-1), true freshman Jayden de Laura was 25-of-39 passing for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Renard Bell was his favorite target, with 10 catches for 158 yards and a score.

The Cougars' Deon McIntosh, a transfer from Notre Dame filling in for the injured Max Borghi for the second consecutive week, rushed 16 times for 92 yards and a TD.

The Ducks trailed 19-7 after a 49-yard field goal by Washington State's Blake Mazza with 20 seconds left in the first half.

Oregon's Devon Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards and Shough hit Redd for a 57-yard completion on the next play to reach WSU's 3-yard line. Verdell scored on a 3-yard run with three seconds left before the intermission to give the Ducks some momentum going into the half.

A 16-yard touchdown reception by Dye with 3:26 left in the third gave the Ducks a 21-19 lead.

Oregon scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, including on a 71-yard pass from Shough to Dye.

Oregon scored the first time it had the ball, marching 92 yards in 15 plays. Shough capped it with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end DJ Johnson.

The Cougars responded with 19 consecutive points on de Laura scoring passes of 18 yards to tight end Lucas Bacon and 4 yards to Bell, plus a pair of field goals from Mazza.

--Field Level Media

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