Washington State defender falls asleep, gets rocked as Oregon stretches lead
Washington State linebacker Devin Richardson is not going to enjoy film study on Sunday.
He was caught in coverage on a first-and-10 play from Oregon just past midfield in the third quarter. Bucky Irving took a swing pass from Bo Nix and Patrick Herbert got out ahead of him to clear the way.
Richardson seemingly lost the ball and had no clue Irving — and, more importantly, Herbert — was bearing down on him. Herbert planted him and Irving raced by for the touchdown to put Oregon up by double-digits.
Washington State had no idea what was happening on this swing pass. No. 8 gets walloped because he's not paying attention. Bucky Irving TD! pic.twitter.com/SiYcrPlMBM
— Ian Valentino (@NFLDraftStudy) October 21, 2023
A closer look at the hit:
Patrick Herbert committed a murder pic.twitter.com/TKLrJdaeR5
— kwade (@KwadeSays) October 21, 2023
The run from Irving put the Ducks up 24-13.
Oregon was playing catch-up for most of the first half until a fourth-down stop late in the second quarter and a huge run from Irving on the ensuing drive set the Ducks up with a 17-10 lead.
Washington State got a field goal just before halftime. Oregon punted on its first possession of the second half, but the defense stood up and forced a three-and-out on Wazzu’s first possession.
Irving’s 42-yard catch came four plays into the drive.