EUGENE, Ore. - The Washington State football team was looking for an upset. Instead, the Cougars got thoroughly handled, losing 53-7 Saturday to ninth-ranked Oregon. It was the fourth straight loss for the Cougars, and they have yet to win a game against a Pac-10 opponent.
Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns as the Ducks compiled 551 yards in total offense. Dixon also ran for a touchdown.
The Cougars were without receiver Brandon Gibson, who suited up but did not play. Gibson was leading the Pac-10 with 6.5 catches and 94.5 yards per game but bruised his heel in Washington State's 23-20 loss to Arizona State last weekend.
Washington State's only score came in the second half when Alex Brink completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bumpus. But by that time, the Ducks already had 47 points.
Brink completed 15 of 33 passes for 251 yards, but was sacked six times. He has 18 touchdown passes this season. He remains three touchdowns shy of Jason Gesser's career record of 70 at the school.
The Cougars have a bye week coming up, and their next game will be at home in Pullman against UCLA on Oct. 27.