Oregon-Washington State Preview

Nov. 1, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Off to its best start since 1959, Oregon and its suddenly beleaguereddefense travel to Pullman to face Washington State on Saturday.

Despite surviving a 56-55 double overtime scare from Arizona State lastweekend, Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) allowed 667 yards of totaloffense, the most yards the Ducks have allowed in 24 years.

The Ducks, who were ranked 10th nationally in total defense headinginto thegame, are now 34th. Oregon still leads the conference in totaldefense, allowing just 262.4 yards per game.

Arizona State threw for 432 yards and rushed 51 times for 235 yards,offsetting a stunning performance from Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington,whothrew for 434 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes,including three in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Ducks were fortunate because the Sun Devils attempted a two-pointconversion following their touchdown in the second overtime, only to have itcome up short.

Though Washington State (3-5, 1-4) is having all types of problemsstoppingthe opposition, the Cougars are not having any problems moving the football.

The Cougars have amassed more than 400 yards of total offense in fiveoftheir eight games and have scored at least 20 points in all but two of theirgames this season.

Washington State averages 124 yards on the ground and sophomorequarterbackJason Gesser has thrown for 1,932 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

The Cougars, who have scored at least one touchdown in 66 straightgames,come in off a 38-9 loss to Oregon State last weekend.

'They just had an answer for everything we had,' said running back AdamHawkins, who managed only 25 yards on 11 carries. 'They had guys in positionto make plays when we thought we had a good play. It was as simple as that.'

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