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Originally published August 27, 2014 at 6:54 PM | Page modified September 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

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WSU Gameday: Cougars vs. Oregon

A look at Saturday’s matchup


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7:30 p.m., at Martin Stadium

ESPN TV, 770 AM Radio

Ground-bound? WSU’s Connor Halliday threw 89 passes at Oregon last year, but it would behoove the Cougars to get some running game going against the Ducks, who have allowed 150 yards a game rushing.

Line move: Cougars will try to take advantage of a deep but dinged-up Oregon offensive line that has lost three starters — Tyler Johnstone, Andre Yruretagoyena and Jake Fisher — to injuries.

SI jinx? Mariota adorns the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated, calling to mind 2003, when the Ducks were splashed on SI’s cover after a win over Michigan that kept them undefeated. That week, WSU hung a 55-16 shiner on the Ducks in Eugene. But that was a 10-3 Cougars team, the last WSU club with a winning record.

Good night: WSU hasn’t yet seen an afternoon game in 2014, as its earliest starting time is 5 p.m. That’s also the kickoff time for its fifth game of the season next week at Utah.

Prediction: Oregon, 48-35.

WSU players to watch
Pos.PlayerKey stat
QBCon. Halliday 155.2 effic.
WRIsiah Myers 26 rec.
WRVince Mayle 25 rec.
CBDaq. Brown 27 tkls
DEXavier Cooper 3.5 TFL
Oregon players to watch
Pos.PlayerKey stat
QBMarcus Mariota 8-0 TD-Int
RBRoyce Freeman 6.6 avg
WRDevon Allen 22.4 ypc
SErick Dargan 3 INT
SReggie Daniels 21 tkls

Bud Withers, The Seattle Times



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