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Cougar Football Game Summary vs. Oregon
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/07/1999
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Nov. 7, 1999


(November 6, 1999, Eugene, Ore.): Washington State scored early and late but not nearly as often as Oregon. The Ducks (6-3 overall, 4-2 in Pac-10) rattled off 45 unanswered points in their 52-10 pounding of the Cougars (2-7, 1-5) in front of 44,090 fans at Autzen Stadium. On the opening possession, quarterback Steve Birnbaum completed six-of-seven passes, but WSU moved only 31 yards on eight plays and punted to Oregon. The Ducks went three-and-out in their first possession, but WSU's real success came when Anthoney Matthews blocked the punt attempt. The Cougars took over at Oregon's 6-yard-line, but were forced to settle for a 25-yard Rian Lindell field goal to get on the scoreboard, 3-0, with 7:22 left in the first quarter. From then until inside the final minute of the game, it would be all-Ducks. Oregon started the ensuing possession at its own 35-yard-line. Getting 27 yards on two Joey Harrington passes and ten yards on two Reuben Droughns runs, the Ducks moved to WSU's 28-yard-line on five plays. Then Harrington found Derien Latimer down the middle of the field to give Oregon a 7-3 lead with 2:29 left in the first quarter. At 11:38 in the second quarter Oregon started what would stand as the game-winning drive. Going 81 yards on eight plays the Ducks passed only three times, the last of which was a 13-yard pass to Herman Ho-Ching on third-and-14 at WSU's 48-yard-line. On fourth-and-one Latimer found 34 extra yards for his second touchdown and a 14-3 Oregon advantage. WSU's next play from scrimmage resulted in disaster when Michael Fletcher intercepted a tipped Birnbaum pass and returned it to the Cougar 9-yard-line. Two Droughns rushes later, Oregon had a 21-3 lead. Before the second quarter ended the Ducks added another touchdown, this time a 28-yard Harrington pass to Keenan Howry that gave the Ducks a 28-3 halftime lead. In the opening possession of the third quarter Oregon drove 72 yards before stopping cold at the WSU 1-yard-line. Josh Frankel made it 31-3 with his 18-yard field goal at 7:14. The score would stand that way until the fourth quarter. In the final stanza Droughns added a 52-yard catch-and-run touchdown and Harrington added an eight-yard rollout into the endzone to make it 45-3 when WSU started what would be its only touchdown-producing drive of the game with 1:54 remaining. With Paul Mencke standing under center the Cougars marched 71 yards on nine plays, Mencke finding Fred Shavies in the end zone for the eight-yard score. With twenty-four seconds left the Cougars attempted and recovered an onsides kick, but Mencke's pass to Collin Henderson resulted in a catch, a fumble and a 47-yard return by Oregon's Nathan Naggi that brought the score to its final standing.

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