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Oregon faces pass-happy offense at Washington St

By Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 19, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.



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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State boasts the nation's top passing offense heading into Saturday's Pac-12 opener against the second-ranked Ducks.

Last year, Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday threw the ball an NCAA-record 89 times as Oregon beat the Cougars 62-38 in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon (3-0) has won seven straight games against Washington State (1-2), which opened the season with losses to Rutgers and Nevada, games the Cougars were expected to win.

Last weekend, the Cougars produced 706 yards of offense, including a Pac-12-record 630 yards passing, while beating Portland State.

Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum said the Oregon defense must play sharp.

Meanwhile, Washington State must find a way to deal with the speed of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and the rest of the Ducks.

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