WSU Vs Oregon Ducks: 5 Keys To A WSU Win

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Oct 12, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday (12) drops back for a pass against the Oregon State Beavers at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend the Cougars travel down to Eugene to take on the second ranked Oregon Ducks. The ducks come into this game undefeated (6-0, 3-0 PAC-12) and are ranked second behind Alabama.

The Cougars, (4-3, 2-2 PAC-12) are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Oregon State Beavers whereas the Ducks are coming off of an impressive victory over the Washington Huskies.

Last weekend the Cougars had every opportunity to win the game but came up short due to turnovers in the 4th quarter. If the Cougars want to have a shot at a win this weekend they must play very good and can’t make mistakes and let the Ducks take advantage of those mistakes.

Here are 5 things that the Cougars need to do in order to come away with a win this weekend.

Turnovers

Let’s just recap last week’s game when it comes to turnovers for the Cougars: 4 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles. The amount of interceptions that Connor Halliday has thrown leads the nation. These numbers can’t be like this during THIS game, THIS weekend. If the Cougars want to come away with a win and ultimately shock the nation, Halliday has to make better decisions when it comes to throwing the ball.

Halliday has gotten better when it comes to deciding to run, throw it away, force a throw, or take a sack but this part of his game must be on point this weekend against the Oregon defense. It is a rarity that the Ducks turn the ball over, they don’t have the ball long enough to turn it over, so Halliday must match the Ducks when it comes to turnovers.

Last week I talked about winning the turnover battle. If the Cougars offense can not give the ball away and the defense can play like they have in the past and force the offense to make mistakes, then there is a chance the Cougars can win the turnover battle and put themselves in a very good position to win the game.

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