Oregon Ducks Player of the Game: Running Back Byron Cardwell

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The Oregon Ducks took care of business on Saturday evening against the Washington State Cougars, scoring 24 points in the second half to secure their ninth win of the season while keeping their CFP hopes very much alive.

While Kayvon Thibodeaux and Anthony Brown were outstanding against Jake Dickert’s squad, it was true freshman running back Byron Cardwell who shined on the big stage, earning his first Ducks Wire Player of the Game award.

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Cardwell only touched the ball nine times on Saturday, but he rushed for a whopping 98 yards and two touchdowns, good for an average yards per carry of 10.9.

He had more total yards than Travis Dye (88) earned in 18 carries, although he was still behind Brown (123) in total rushing yards.

Still, it was a true breakout performance from the four-star from San Diego, who expected to have to wait his turn when he committed to join an Oregon roster populated by Dye and CJ Verdell.

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Verdell’s injury has opened up a path to playing time, however, and Cardwell has taken advantage the last few weeks – particularly when the Cougars came to town.

His 27 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave Oregon an insurmountable 31-17 lead, securing the victory in front of a frenzied crowd at Autzen Stadium.

He’ll continue to be a key piece of this offense as the season rolls along.

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