SEATTLE — Breaking open a tight game in the second half, second-ranked Oregon rolled past Washington State, 51-26, in a Pac-12 Conference football game Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The Ducks (2-0, 5-0) owned only a 23-19 halftime lead before erupting for three touchdowns in the third quarter. De’Anthony Thomas scored on a 4-yard run before Avery Patterson intercepted a Connor Halliday pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown with 7:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Kenjon Barner then scored on runs of 10 and 80 yards to widen the lead to 51-19 with 10:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Although never in front, Washington State (0-2, 2-3) hung tough during the first half. Carl Winston had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Halliday connected with Brett Bartolone on a 26-yard scoring pass midway through the second period. Andrew Furney added a pair of field goals for the Cougars.
Jeff Tuel threw a 25-yard TD pass to Marquess Wilson in the fourth quarter for WSU.