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Oregon Football

Instant Takeaways: Redbox Bowl

December 31, 2018

Well Duck fans, that might have been the most ugliest Oregon Duck football games I have ever watched but when all was said and done the Ducks came out of the Redbox Bowl with the 7-6 win over Michigan State.

Here are the two biggest takeaways I have after watching that game…


That isn’t new news for Oregon Duck fans who have been paying any attention the last couple of seasons but today it just hurt to watch. In this game the performance out of Oregon’s receivers was abysmal until the final minutes of the game when it finally improved to okay. Even Dillon Mitchell, who set Oregon’s single season receiving record today, couldn’t catch the ball finishing the game with 6 catches for 70 yards and Oregon’s lone touchdown. The group has been a liability all season long but this game could have gone so much better for the Ducks if this group stepped up because of how dominant Michigan State can be against the run. Unfortunately for the Ducks, that didn’t happen and Oregon’s offense couldn’t move the chains for a majority of the game. What makes this more frustrating is that the Ducks have a NFL caliber talent in Justin Herbert but because he has no one to throw it to he can’t show his full potential.

What made it worse was seeing Michigan State wide receivers take some BIG hits today and still manage to hold onto the ball. Michigan State’s offense has been so bad this year so for them to out perform Oregon’s receivers was just more confirmation into how bad Oregon’s situation is. 

Hopefully next year the Ducks won’t have this same issue as they have an impressive looking group coming in led by Mycah Pittman, Josh Delgado and Patrick Herbert. 


Oregon’s defense stepped up big time

Jim Leavitt has completely transformed this defense. It was only a couple of years ago that Oregon had one of the worst defenses in the country and now we have the number one player in the country coming to play defense for Oregon in Kayvon Thibodeaux. 

The reason that Oregon was able to win this game with only one late touchdown was because Oregon’s defense kept Michigan State’s offense at bay. 

There were a few broken plays but as a whole the entire defensive unit really stepped up in this game. Jordon Scott was a big presence clogging up the line, Troy Dye and Lamar Winston Jr. were consistently in the backfield, Kaulana Apelu made some big tackles and Jevon Holland added another interception to his standout season resume. 

The seniors of the unit had good performances but what really made me optimistic was the young men on the team stepping up. When Ugo Amadi, Jalen Jelks and Justin Hollins leave it is going to be up to these young players to keep the trajectory that they are on. 

In the end I’m just really proud of how this group played and I’m excited to see what they look like next year with Kayvon Thibodeaux. 

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