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Oregon Football

Recap: Ducks Roll

November 18, 2017

You knew there would be points in this one and it was sure not to disappoint. The much anticipated return of Justin Herbert sparked some optimism and energy into Autzen stadium as soon as he was announced.

With Khalil Tate and his high-octane offense coming to town, it was going to be up to Oregon to keep up. The Ducks kept the electric runner in check in the first half as Tate would finish with only 18 rush yards.

Oregon would lead at halftime 28-21 with some big plays along the way. Penalties were once again a major storyline in this one.

From the opening drive, Oregon moved the ball well but was put into a 4th and 1 situation. A false start pushed it back to 4th and 6 and Oregon would punt rahter than go for it.

Arizona would get the ball and march it right down the field with a well-called blend of run and pass plays. Nick Wilson would scamper in from 18 yards out to put the Cats up 7-0.

The Ducks would answer back with some strong runs by Tony Brooks-James. On 3rd and 5 Justin Herbert would see an open field and take it in from 40 yards out. That would even things up 7-7.

Oregon's defense would settle in and force a 3 and out by Arizona.

The Ducks would move the ball sparked by a big end around run by Jaylon Redd which set up Royce Freeman for his school-record 59th rushing touchdown.

With Oregon up 14-7, Arizona would be forced to a 3 and out but Jonah Moi would get flagged giving them a first down. Jim Leavitt was able to hold once again and force the punt.

Justin Herbert would come out throwing and prove to be costly. A pick-six was wiped off the board as Cruickshank would get flagged for taunting as he headed into the end zone. The flag was thrown at the 4 yard line and the penalty would back them up 15 yards. 

Khalil Tate would hit Tony Ellison for the score to even things up at 14.

Arizona would once again find the end zone after a 5 play, 59 yard drive would be capped off by a Nick Wilson 20-yard touchdown run.

Oregon would offer up a healthy dose of Royce Freeman that would leave Jacob Breeland free behind the defense and haul in a 39-yard toss from Herbert. 

With the score tied at 21, Arizona would look to challenge Arrion Springs on 3rd and 8. Springs was on an island but in position to bat the ball down and force the punt.

The Ducks would take that possession from the 11 yard line with 3:15 left in the half and see Royce Freeman run his second touchdown in from 28 yards out. 

Oregon would take that 7 point lead into the half despite an Ugo Amadi pick that would result in no points.

From there the Ducks would settle in.

Arizona's opening drive would stall out and be forced to punt. The Ducks would take the ball over at the 6 and march it 94 yards in 10 plays capped off by a Royce Freeman 11-yard run. 

That would put Oregon out in front, 35-21.

Following what felt like a game full of penalties in one drive, Arizona would get the ball into the end zone on a Zach Green 2-yard touchdown run.

Oregon moved once again and on 3rd and 14, Herbert would hit Cam McCormick to keep the drive alive. It would later stall and Aidan Schneider would pound in a 40-yard field goal. Ducks lead would extend to 38-28.

There was no turning back after that.

Oregon would force a punt that would go out at the 50. 2 plays, 51 yards and :15 seconds later, Royce Freeman would pound in his fourth rushing touchdown to put Oregon up 45-28.

Oregon would add another field goal and push its lead 48-28. Arizona would try and rally following a big kickoff return, but the Ducks defense would once again keep them from scoring any points.

At this point in the ball game, Khalil Tate had only 32 rush yards and had been bottled up by the Oregon defense after the first drive. 

It's pretty clear the return of Justin Herbert was not only big for this Oregon offense, but also the defense.

The Ducks are back in Autzen next week to host Oregon State for the Civil War. 




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