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The battle in Seattle: Oregon Ducks trounce the Washington State Cougars

Enthusiastic WSU Vancouver students and local fans of Cougar Football headed to Seattle on Sept. 29 to watch WSU host the Oregon Ducks at Century Link Field. Despite dedicated support, the WSU team failed to win against the top-ranked University of Oregon team.

Coming into the game the Ducks were ranked second best in the nation. Cougar fans knew what a tough matchup this game would be, with the Ducks coming off a crushing 49-0 victory over the #22 ranked Arizona Wildcats. Given the odds, it was not a surprise when the Cougars lost with a score of 51-26.

In one of WSU’s biggest plays of the game the Cougar running back Teondray Caldwell returned a kickoff for 92 yards at the end of the first quarter. This resulted in a great field position and set up a touchdown run by Carl Winston, cutting the lead to 20-9.

The Cougars played better in the first half than most expected, outscoring the Ducks 10-3 in the second quarter. At halftime, the score was a close 23-19 in favor of the Ducks.

Cougar Student Section

In the second half, the Ducks’ high-powered offense and strong defense took over the game. The Ducks scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter. Midway through the third quarter, WSU quarterback Connor Halliday threw an interception to Oregon defensive back Avery Patterson who returned it for a touchdown. At the end of the fourth quarter Washington State substituted Jeff Tuel at quarterback in relief of Halliday. Tuel threw the last touchdown of the game to wide receiver Marquess Wilson.

The Cougs had a good passing attack but, like previous games, were lacking in the running department. All Washington State running backs combined rushed 36 yards. Wide receiver Marquess Wilson became the all-time leader in receiving yards, finishing the game with 12 catches for 182 yards and 1 touchdown.

The annual game in Seattle is a tradition that Cougar Football plans to continue.

More recently, the Cougs took on the OSU Beavers in Corvallis on Oct. 6. WSU lost again with a score of  19-6.

The fans remain full of loyal spirit. Let’s go Cougs!

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