3 keys to victory for No. 18 Oregon Ducks against Washington State

The Oregon Ducks turned a lot of heads last week with a stellar win over the higher-ranked BYU Cougars at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.

While Dan Lanning remains undefeated at home in his Oregon career, the team will have to win at Pullman next Saturday — and their opponent won’t be an easy one.

Jake Dickert gets the Washington State Cougars rolling early in the season. After a scary game against Idaho to kick off the campaign, the Cougs went out and defeated Wisconsin in Week 2 and blew the doors of Colorado State in Week 3.

Trips to the Palouse are never easy, and this year will be no exception. However, if the Ducks are able to follow these three keys, they should take the win heading into Week 4.

Generate a Pass Rush

The Cougars don’t do damage on the ground, they do it in the air. Washington state averages just 111 rushing yards per game, while transfer quarterback Cameron Ward has thrown 242 yards per game in his three games so far.

While Mike Leach’s air strike isn’t exactly what Oregon will see on Saturday, this team needs to move the ball through the air, and a relatively inexperienced offensive line means the best way to secure a win in the Palouse is to consistent edge pressure.

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Ward has done nothing as a runner (he has -12 rushing yards in the season) and he has three interceptions, leading to the following key:

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