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Oregon Football

Allan's Take

November 19, 2017
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I don’t think I have ever heard the crowd at Autzen be louder than when the words “at quarterback Justin Herbert” were said today. Autzen was truly electric. That reaction can pretty much sum up the entire game for the Ducks. Tonight’s game showed that Oregon has had potential this whole season they just needed Herbert to unlock all of it. 

 

Penalties

Because it is Oregon and Oregon and penalties go hand in hand now, there were a lot of avoidable penalties. There were way too many false starts to count which has been a problem all season. Which is just getting frustrating to watch. So many big plays taken back or good starting positions ruined because of dumb penalties. There were also some questionable no calls by the ref; usually, I don’t hate on refs but tonight was pretty bad at points.

But now for the interesting penalties. Late in the first quarter after a Duck touchdown, Brendan Schooler and an Arizona player got into an argument that ended in two personal fouls. The next play Schooler again got into a confrontation with Arizona players which resulted in another personal foul. Tensions stayed high on the field for the rest of the game.

Khalil Tate

The Duck defense was able to contain Tate which has proven difficult for other teams this year. Which just confirms how good of a job Jim Leavitt is doing. He completed just over half of his throws going 18/35 for a total of 159 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. More importantly, he only rushed for 32 yards. Containing Tate was one of the biggest factors that led to the Duck victory.

Defense

The Oregon defense revitalized by Herbert’s return came to play tonight against Tate and the Wildcats. Troy Dye once again led the charge for Oregon recording 11 tackles, 5 by himself. It took the Ducks the first couple of drives to get into the swing of things, but once they did, it was business as usual for the Ducks. Ty Griffin recorded his first interception of his Ducks career, and Ugowchukwu Amadi also brought in an interception. I have to say it again, Leavitt is worth every penny Oregon pays him, and I can’t wait for the next couple of years because this defense still isn’t at its full potential.

Justin Herbert

Oregon won today because Justin Herbert came back. When he is playing the Ducks are a completely different team. They average 40+ points and actually play defense. While Herbert didn’t have a career game, he had a good homecoming throwing 235 yards on 14 completions with 2 touchdowns, 1 through the air the other on the ground, and 1 interception. Herbert proved tonight what kind of leader he was on the field and what he means to this team.

Royce Freeman

Had to mention Royce Freeman who led the running backs tonight.  He had 19 carries for 135 yards and 4 touchdowns on the night. Not a bad night for Freeman.

 
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