Washington State loses to No. 11 Oregon on last-second field goal, 37-35

Washington State loses to No. 11 Oregon on last-second field goal, 37-35

When WSU quarterback Anthony Gordon wants to win a game in a hostile environment against one of the nation’s best teams, he’s going to throw to Brandon Arconado for a game-winning touchdown.

It almost was.

Down 34-28 with three minutes on the clock, Gordon hit Tay Martin for a 48-yard gain. Facing fourth down at the Oregon 3, Gordon delivered to Arconado for a 5-yard touchdown, to take the 35-34 lead.

One minute was too much time for Oregon, who marched down the field in response, and Ducks’ kicker Camden Lewis sent Washington State home with a 37-25 loss.

Ducks runningback CJ Verdell finished the game with over 250 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

WSU had to chip away at an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and drew within three after Anthony Gordon hit Brandon Arconado for a 15-yard score, then Arconado again for the two-point conversion.

Gordon went to him again late, but the one-point lead was not enough.

Early on:

The Coug defense got a stop on the Ducks’ first drive of the game, and looked like they would march down and score on their first offensive drive, after a tough Max Borghi 18 yard catch-and-run.

The offensive line (Liam Ryan) was penalized in back-to-back plays, and a dropped catch by Rodrick Fisher resulted in WSU settling for a field goal.

It hurt them right away, as Oregon’s CJ Verdell ripped off an 89-yard rushing touchdown to put the Ducks on top, 9-3 after a missed extra point.

The longest rushing TD for Oregon since the 2012 Rose Bowl � pic.twitter.com/hjlE8LfiVZ

— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 27, 2019

Borghi had to be helped off the field late in the first quarter when he was taken down by three Oregon defenders. He returned in the second.

Anthony Gordon threw an odd interception in that same second quarter, one that bounced off wide receiver Brandon Arconado, but Oregon couldn’t turn it into any points.

Borghi’s return was huge, because the Cougs punched it in from the 1-yard line with another bruising Borghi run.

Max Borghi is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in college football pic.twitter.com/GBlxjtbFjK

— Joe Broback (@joebroback) October 27, 2019

With 1:51 left in the first half, Anthony Gordon was intercepted for the second time, returned by Jevon Holland for a 19-yard pick six.

WSU was able to answer before halftime, with a Gordon touchdown pass to Renard Bell, evening the game at 17 a piece.

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— Videos by: FTB (@FTBVids1) October 27, 2019

The Oregon offense came out in the third quarter with a little more fire, Verdell added two more touchdown runs to put the ducks up by 10. The Cougs added a 23-yard Blake Mazza field goal in between, but Oregon led 31-20 with 12min in the fourth quarter.