Erik Powell’s field goals – including career long 52-yarder – give No. 11 Washington State 13-10 halftime lead over Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. – A career-long field 52-yard field goal from Erik Powell is the only thing separating No. 11 Washington State and Oregon at Autzen Stadium.
Powell’s kick in the second quarter gave the Cougars a 13-10 lead at the end of a back-and-forth first half between the Pac-12 North foes.
Oregon opened the game with two false-start penalties and the Ducks made a gutty call to go for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 41-yard line. That backfired when running back Royce Freeman ran into a barricade of Cougars and was stopped for no gain.
The visitors didn’t wait long to ring up six points. Luke Falk hit Jamal Morrow on a short pass into the flat and the running back scooted around the edge for a 41-yard touchdown. It gave Falk his 106th career touchdown and moved him past former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota into second all-time in the Pac-12.
But WSU’s offense stalled after that and Powell was able to cash in from 25 yards three minutes into the second quarter and the senior kicker had the distance to make the longest field goal of his career – a 52-yarder with 6:59 left in the half.
The Cougars still outgained the Ducks 194-172 in the first half.
Oregon got on the board when Cougars linebacker Dillon Sherman left Jacob Breeland wide open downfield, allowing Burmeister to drop a 30-yard touchdown pass over the top to his tight end, giving the Ducks a 10-7 lead.
The Cougars held tough on defense despite a handful of shoddy punts. They also stopped the Ducks after WSU receiver Renard Bell fumbled the ball away near midfield.
Falk finished 14-of-22 with 150 yards inthe first half. Burmeister, the true freshman making his first career start, was 9-for-14 with 59 yards.
WSU’s Isaac Dotson left for the locker room in the first quarter with an apparent injury and another middle linebacker, Nate DeRider, limped off the field in the second period and didn’t return.