Our Clients:

Field Level Media - Professional sports content solutions | FLM

Sep 20, 2022 7:30 pm

After stellar showing, Bo Nix leads No. 15 Oregon into Washington State

It seems Bo Nix is starting to settle in at Oregon.

The quarterback — who transferred in the offseason after starting for three seasons at Auburn — garnered national accolades after leading the host Ducks to a 41-21 victory against then-ranked No. 12 BYU last weekend.

Nix and No. 15 Oregon (2-1) will open Pac-12 Conference play Saturday when they travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on a surging Washington State (3-0).

Nix completed 13 of 18 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns against BYU and also rushed for three scores. The last Oregon quarterback to score at least three times on the ground and twice through the air in a single game was Heisman-winner Marcus Mariota in 2014.

“I felt like I didn’t do anything different, just went out there and played the game, let it come to me,” Nix said. “At the end of the day I’m a point guard… So, my job is kind of easy: Knowing what to do with the ball, knowing who to give the ball to, and then letting those guys do their thing.”

Nix rebounded from a shaky opener — a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia — to guide the Ducks to a 70-14 victory against Eastern Washington before the BYU game, for which he was named player of the week by the Maxwell Award, the Pac-12, and the Senior Bowl. He was also selected to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 of the Week.

“One of my past coaches told me that pressure is a privilege, and so I’ve really taken that to heart, and there’s nothing more true, in my opinion,” Nix said. “When you have a lot of pressure, it means that people believe in you; people believe you can do it or you wouldn’t have pressure at all.”

First-year Oregon coach Dan Lanning is optimistic the Ducks will have running back Byron Cardwell Jr. and linebacker Justin Flowe back this week. Neither played against BYU because of unspecified injuries.

“I wouldn’t sit here and say they’re both 100 percent yet, but I’m hopeful that both of them can help us this next weekend,” Lanning said.

The Ducks, who moved up 10 spots in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll this week, could use a full complement of players against a Washington State team that counts a 17-14 decision at then-ranked No. 19 Wisconsin among its victories.

The Cougars returned home last weekend and defeated Colorado State 38-7 as Cameron Ward threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns.

Wazzu scored on its first four possessions.

“We started fast,” Cougars’ coach Jake Dickert said. “That’s exactly what we needed to do in this football game.”

Dickert praised his players for not falling into the trap of looking ahead to the Oregon game.

“It’s important to take these one game at a time,” he said. “They’ve bought into the mentality of not looking into the big picture.”

But now that it’s Oregon week?

“This is going to be a big-time football game,” Dickert said. “I want those seats full.”

–Field Level Media

You may also like

Sep 29, 2022 2:14 am

LSU tries to keep streak rolling with road test at Auburn

Brian Kelly is a month into his first season as LSU’s head coach as he prepares his team for its first conference road game. LSU (3-1, 1-0) has won three…

Sep 29, 2022 2:03 am

Reports: Auburn QB T.J. Finley out for LSU game

Auburn quarterback T.J. Finley is expected to miss the Tigers’ home game on Saturday against LSU due to a shoulder injury, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday. The junior also…

Sep 29, 2022 12:53 am

Chargers, bruised and battered, hope to get well vs. Texans

Beset with injuries and in a desperate search for answers on the field, the Los Angeles Chargers will try to get their season back on track Sunday when they hit…

More Football News

Sep 29, 2022 2:14 am

LSU tries to keep streak rolling with road test at Auburn

Brian Kelly is a month into his first season as LSU’s head coach as he prepares his team for its first conference road game. LSU (3-1, 1-0) has won three…

Sep 29, 2022 2:03 am

Reports: Auburn QB T.J. Finley out for LSU game

Sep 29, 2022 12:53 am

Chargers, bruised and battered, hope to get well vs. Texans

Sep 28, 2022 11:17 pm

Browns bring NFL’s top ground game to Atlanta

Sep 28, 2022 9:31 pm

Head coaches seeking redemption meet when Raiders host Broncos

Read all
fb-post
advertisment
title-icon

Upcoming events

See all odds