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Oregon Football

Recap: Ducks Survive Slow Offensive Start

October 5, 2019

Oregon opened the game with a strong defensive effort. Jordon Scott and Bryson Young were able to blow past the offensive line on a 3rd and 1 to make a big stop. Oregon found some success in the running game with a 19 yard Travis Dye run, but also had two holding penalties that kept backing the ducks up. On second down Herbert threw a ball into tight coverage that was picked off by safety Ashtyn Davis for a 31 yard return.

After the interception Cal was able to get a drive of their own going. Devon Modster connected with Jordan Duncan for a 36 yard gain. A few plays later and Modster hit Christopher Brown Jr. for a 22 yard score to give Cal an early 7-0 lead.

After the Cal touchdown Oregon was putting together a long drive. They went 14 plays for 62 yards but on a 4th and 1 Travis Dye had enough yardage for the first down inside the redzone, but a costly fumble gave Cal back the possession of the ball.

After Oregon was able to make another defensive stop, Herbert connected with true freshman Mycah Pittman for 19 yards for his first career reception. Unfortunately Travis Dye lost the ball again and Cal got possession of the ball. It was Dye’s second fumble of the night.

Cal drove down the field and pieced together an 8 play 47 yard drive where they got within field goal range. Cal ended up missing the 32 yard field goal for the game to remain at 7-0.

To continue the story of the missed field goal, Camden Lewis missed a 45 yard attempt that would’ve been Oregon’s first points of the day late in the second quarter.

To end the second quarter Jevon Holland snagged his third interception this season and was able to return it for 40 yards before he was taken down. Oregon would be shutout in the first half for the first time in Autzen since 2004 against Indiana.

Oregon came out and traded a quick possession with Cal before putting together a 13 play, 72 yard drive that resulted in a 28 yard field goal for Camden Lewis. A touchdown would’ve been ideal for the ducks but it was a reassuring sign seeing Lewis finally nail his first field goal after missing the first three to start the year. 

The game would have a few back and forth drives where neither offense could get much going. But Oregon was able to pin Cal deep on a punt and the defense came up big on a 3rd and 1. Holland was able to get a massive return for 24 yards down to the Cal 31 yard line. Herbert connected to Breeland for 30 yards and got tackled on the 1 yard line. On the following play Cyrus Habibi-Likio was able to punch it in to give Oregon it’s first lead of the night.

A couple of drives later and after a holding call Cal was in a 1st and 20 situation. After a deflected pass across the middle by Jevon Holland, Troy Dye was able to snag it out of the air and return it for a few yards.

Oregon was able to capitalize on the turnover. Herbert had a 13 yard rush and Oregon got a free 13 yards on a late hit penalty. A couple of drives later and Herbert hit Jaylon Redd for the 2 yard score. 

On the following drive Oregon was able to get after Modster, and Isaac Slade-Matautia was able to get a big sack on second down. Cal was able to drive down the field a little bit, but missed a 46 yard field goal that would’ve brought Cal back within one score.

On Cal’s final drive of the night Kayvon Thibodeaux was able to get after Modster for his second sack of the night. Cal turned the ball over on downs and the ducks were able to take a knee to run out the clock. Oregon won the game by a final score of 17-7. They had 214 passing yards and 190 yards on the ground. They would end the night with 3 turnovers by the way of two fumbles as well as an interception. Oregon only allowed 256 yards and was able to force two turnovers.

Tags: Football, Oregon, 2019
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