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Oregon Football

Top Five: Players of the Game vs Cal

October 5, 2019

Oregon was able to grind out a low scoring win by the score of 17-7 over Cal . The offense had its moments this game, but it was the defense that really shined the brightest.

Let’s take a look at the five players who stood out to me the most during this Oregon win.

Jevon Holland

He may just be one of the most fun players to watch on this team. He’s always flying around the field making plays. He only had 3 tackles on the night, but was apart of two big plays for the ducks. The first one came when he picked off Modster to end the second quarter. The other one happened on Troy Dye’s interception. He was the one who broke up the pass across the middle to give Dye enough time to get under the ball and make the interception. The tipped pass really helped keep the momentum on Oregon’s side. Holland also was able to return a punt for 27 yards that gave Oregon the ball on Cal’s 30. A few plays later and Oregon took their first lead in the game. I expect Holland to grade out as one of the better safeties in the nation this week.

Isaac Slade-Matautia

Slade-Matautia had another massive game. He had 6 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, a pass breakup and 2 quarterback hurries. He was absolutely filling the stat sheet from top to bottom. He has been such a consistent force in the middle of the field for the ducks, and has been one of the reasons this Oregon defense has been able to take the next step. He’s the best linebacker to play alongside Troy Dye in a few years now, and he looks to be another anchor in the middle for the ducks for years to come.

Jacob Breeland

I mean what more can you say about this guy? He’s been an absolute machine so far this season and he kept his hot streak going tonight. He failed to record a touchdown but he was tied for the team lead in catches with 5, and he lead the team in receiving yards with 87 on the day. He had a massive catch for 30 yards in the 3rd quarter where he was able to get all the way to the one yard line. On the following play Oregon punched it in to give them their first lead of the night. Breeland was able to make multiple guys miss on catches during the game, and always picked up yards after the catch. He’s been the most consistent pass catcher in this offense so far this year and will look to continue his strong senior campaign.

Troy Dye

The fan favorite linebacker had himself another big game. The senior had 4 total tackles, a tackle for loss as well as an interception. He also continued his weekly tradition of dancing around during shout which really got the crowd back into the game. Dye flies around the field, and was able to get after the quarterback on a few plays as well. He had great ball skills on his interception to track it down and was able to also return it for a few more yards. I don’t think it’s crazy to say Dye should be considered when talking about the great Oregon linebacker’s over the years.

Kayvon Thibodeaux

This makes me so happy to be able to include him in this list. Thibodeaux finally made his name felt in this game. He had 3 total tackles, but two of those would come by two massive sacks off the end. He also was able to force a fumble on his first sack. Overall Thibodeaux looked so good getting after the quarterback. He’s still not big enough to be an every down end as he is used more as a pass rusher specialist currently. But it’ll be hard for Andy Avalos to keep him off of the field after this monster performance. It was good to see him finally record his first solo sack on the year, and I’m sure he still wants to hit his goal of 10 sacks on the year. He’ll have a chance to add to those numbers next week against a Colorado offensive line that has struggled at times in pass protection.

Tags: Football, Oregon, 2019
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