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Washington State delivers a crucial blow to Oregon

October 22, 2006|From the Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. — Jed Collins caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another score as Washington State upset No. 16 Oregon, 34-23, Saturday, dealing a blow to the Ducks' hopes for a Bowl Championship Series appearance.

Collins, a little-used tight end, helped end a scoring drought for the Cougars, who improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference, and Washington State's defense held the league's top offensive team without an offensive touchdown until midway through the fourth quarter.

Alex Brink threw touchdown passes to Collins and Jason Hill as Washington State fixed red zone problems that plagued it the last two weeks. Brink, from Eugene, Ore., was 20 for 23 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

Tyron Brackenridge stepped in front of Dennis Dixon's pass on the Oregon 24-yard line and returned it for a score to give Washington State a 27-3 lead 26 seconds after Collins' second score.

Dwight Tardy ran for a one-yard touchdown to finish the Cougars' scoring late in the fourth quarter.

Oregon fell to 5-3, 3-2.

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