Oregon Vs. WSU: De'Anthony Thomas Paces Ducks To 43-28 Victory Over Cougars

The Oregon Ducks have some tough tests ahead, but their contest against the Washington State Cougars is hardly one of them.

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Oregon vs. WSU Final Score: De'Anthony Thomas Speeds Ducks To 43-28 Victory

The Oregon Ducks didn't play anything close to a great football game, but they had the playmakers they needed to pull things out in the second half against the Washington St. Cougars. Bryan Bennett came in and replaced the struggling Darron Thomas, then swung a path into the flats for De'Anthony Thomas, who went speeding and juking his way 45 yards into the end zone to put Oregon up 22-10.

After Washington State responded with a field goal, Oregon finally managed a methodical offensive drive that took up four minutes and went 14 plays and 77 yards, culminating with Bennett's connection to Lavasier Tuinei to put Oregon up 29-13. After WSU managed to come up with one final scoring drive, Thomas took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the house to put the Ducks up in comfortable position. LaMichael James, the Black Mamba and Kenjon Barner then culminated things for Oregon to go up 43-20 early in the fourth to cruise to victory.

Oregon didn't play particularly well in the trenches, and their defense got lit up for 462 yards. But the Ducks are still undefeated in conference play with the meat of their schedule ahead.

For more on Ducks football, go to Addicted to Quack. For more on Cougars football, check CougCenter.


LaMichael James Injury: Possible Concussion

LaMichael James was pressed back into service on Saturday for the Oregon Ducks against the Washington St. Cougars. He frankly didn't look the same in his first game back from injury. James put up 55 yards on 13 carries for a modest 4.2 yards per carry, but he wasn't much of a game-changer and he took a backseat to Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas for most of the game.

And it look like the Oregon tailback might have suffered a further injury. According to radio coverage of the game, LaMichael apparently got injured on his last drive of the game and had to be tested for concussion symptoms. He did not return to action on the subsequent Oregon drive. James's productivity wasn't needed in this one, but if he did suffer further injury it might hamper him in future contests that will probably be more competitive than their victory over Washington State.

To discuss the possibility of a James concussion, head to Addicted to Quack.


Darron Thomas Injury Update: Ducks Starting QB Out, Bryan Bennett In

The Oregon Ducks are struggling with the Washington St. Cougars, and they might have to go the rest of the game without their starting quarterback. Darron Thomas, who came into the game struggling with an injury and was questionable to play, has thrown one touchdown and completed over 60 percent of his passes. But he did throw two picks, including an interception returned for a touchdown that kept WSU within striking distance coming out of the half.

It's unclear if Thomas is hurt or ineffective, but he came out of the tunnel in the second half without his helmet on the sidelines. Backup QB Bryan Bennett (who played in the second half of the ASU game and started the Colorado game) has taken over as the signal-caller for the Ducks coming out of the half. More on Thomas's status when we have further details.

To discuss the Thomas injury with Oregon fans, go to Addicted to Quack. To discuss the Oregon-WSU game with Washington State fans, hit up CougCenter


Oregon Vs. WSU Score: Ducks Offense Malfunctioning, Lead Cougars 15-10 At Halftime

The Washington St. Cougars front has dominated the first half against the Oregon Ducks offensive line. WSU has accumulated nine more first downs, 20 more yards, and converted 5 of 11 third down attempts. Washington State's defense is the story though, as Darron Thomas has been picked twice, including once by Damante Horton with two minutes left in the half to give WSU their only touchdown of the first half.

If this was anyone other than Washington State, the Ducks might be down multiple touchdowns at halftime. But Washington State has turned over the ball twice in the red zone, had a punt block returned for a TD, and missed a field goal. That's about 16 swing points right there. Darron Thomas hooked up with Lavasier Tuinei on a wild 55 yard scramble when the Cougar safeties got caught looking at the QB instead of paying attention to the WR deep. Oregon might be in full upset alert instead of having to deal with only a simple caution flag, since the third quarter is usually when the Ducks offense takes flight. 

To discuss the game with Oregon fans, hit up Addicted to Quack. To talk to Washington State fans, go to CougCenter.


Oregon vs. Washington State Score: Ducks Block Punt For Early 8-3 Lead

The Oregon Ducks have both Darron Thomas and LaMichael James back in their lineup today, but UO was unable to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter against the Washington State Cougars. The Ducks currently lead 8-3 with 14 minutes remaining in the half

So how did they score? Just two minutes into the quarter, Oregon forced a WSU punt. Avery Patterson blocked the punt and Boseko Lokombo scooped the ball and took it 25 yards to the end zone. The Ducks then converted a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.

Darron Thomas is 3-for-5 on the day with 57 passing yards, though he did throw an interception. LaMichael James has recorded eight yards on five carries thus far.

Washington State got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter with a 40-yard field goal from Andrew Furney. Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael has thrown for 88 yards on nine completions, though he threw an interception as well. 

WSU has the ball and is driving once again after stopping Oregon. The defense has played very well for the Cougars.

For more on this game, check out Coug Center and Addicted To Quack.


Oregon vs. WSU: LaMichael James and Darron Thomas Will Start

The Oregon Ducks have been on a roll since losing in the first week of the season and the team is expecting both quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James to start today against the Washington State Cougars. We have news from just moments ago:

Source: LaMichael James and Darron Thomas will start today http://t.co/AGanJe3d via @247Sports
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Not only does this allow Oregon to be at full strength on Saturday, but it allows the team to gel once again with the final month of conference play approaching. The Ducks should be able to win convincingly against the Cougars on Saturday.

For more on the game, check out Addicted To Quack and Coug Center.


Oregon Vs. WSU: Kickoff Time, TV Coverage, Radio And More

The Ducks hope to keep the annihilation train rolling this week, as the 6-1 Oregon team are pretty much expected to smash the Washington State Cougars to smithereens. Could this be the Pac-12 standoff that tears SB Nation Seattle asunder? Probably not, but we have all the viewing information for what should be an entertaining game, one way or the other.

Kickoff: 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 PM PT

Weather Forecast: There's expected to be a low of 40 degrees and a high of 61 in Eugene, with a 20% chance of rain. Perfect weather for Ducks, you'd think.

TV Coverage: The game will be televised on both FSN and ROOT.

Radio: You can listen to the Oregon radio broadcast on the official Ducks website, and you can check out the WSU feed on the Cougar Radio Network.

Opening Line: The Oregon Ducks started off right out of the gate as 34.5 point favorites. No, that's not a typo. Yes, it's okay to laugh.

And of course, as always, for more on Oregon football, go to Addicted to Quack. For more on WSU football, go to CougCenter.


Paul Wullf Calls Job Security Questions "Ignorant Talk"

Washington State Cougars head coach Paul Wulff knows that his team hasn't had the season they'd have liked to thus far, but any questions about his job security are completely erroneous according to coach. 

Wulff went on the "Kevin Calabro Show" to discuss how the team has been doing, as well as the rumors that he might be on the hot seat:

"This whole thing about fighting for my job ... we're building a program and we've got a damn good young football team, one that people that know football ... know we've got a really good football team that's improved drastically," he said. "I don't get caught up in all that B.S. talk because they have no idea about how far we've come and where we're headed. It's just ignorant talk."    

In his three and a half seasons with the Cougars Wullf has only a 8-36 record, though he admits that the lack of scholarships have definitely hindered the progress to the 'ugly' situation that he inherited. They're 3-4 this year with losses to Stanford, UCLA, and Oregon State, likely leaving them out of contention for any bowl games unless the do something magical the rest of the way. 

"What people don't understand is when you walk into the worst program in the BCS four years ago it's not going to get fixed in a couple of years." 

The truth hurts sometimes. 

For more on WSU Football, head over to Coug Center to get your fix. 


Oregon Vs. WSU Odds: Ducks Favored By About Five Touchdowns Over Cougars

The Oregon Ducks have some tough tests ahead, but their contest against the Washington State Cougars is hardly one of them.

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