The Oregon Ducks played from behind for most of the afternoon against a determined Washington State Cougars team. After taking the lead late in the fourth quarter, an interception return for a touchdown sealed the deal for No. 15 Oregon, 44-41.
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix was 33-of-44 for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception in the first half that was returned for a score.
Cam Ward was nearly as impressive for WSU, going 37-of-48 for 375 yards and two touchdowns plus a number of Houdini moves to get out of trouble. But he also threw two interceptions including the one with just over a minute left in the game that put Oregon up by 10.
Oregon didn’t lead until 1:21 left in the fourth when Nix found Troy Franklin for a 50-yard touchdown.
Ward’s pick-six came two plays into the next series.
WSU was able to score again with two seconds left, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds.
Oregon improves to 3-1 while WSU takes its first loss of the season and is also 3-1.
The Ducks face Stanford next week while the Cougs get Cal.