Washington State Football: 6 takeaways from 34-20 win over Oregon

Dezmon Patmon, Washington State football. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
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The Washington State football won an impressive game over PAC-12 North Division rivals, Oregon, 34-20. Here are our takeaways from the big day.

What a day for Washington State football. It started with a long-awaited visit to Pullman, Washington by ESPN College GameDay, and it ended with Martin Field being stormed by overjoyed Cougars fans (not including any fun that happened after hours). What happened in between was the really good part. The Cougars defeated Oregon 34-20 in front of an electric home crowd. Here are our top takeaways from the game.


I’ve watched Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert over his last two games and I believe any NFL team who takes him early in the first round, is crazy. Aside from the start of the second half to midway through the fourth quarter, last night, he was average at best. I would go as far to say that his receivers made him look better than he played.

When he was hot, for that 22 minute period, the Oregon offense moved the ball. As quickly as his surge came, it went. Pro offenses rely on consistency and Herbert doesn’t have it. Sure he’s shown flashes of excellence, but it’s not enough. In both the Stanford game and now against Washington State, Herbert proved that he has problems handling tight situations.