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Oregon Football

Players of the Game: Oregon vs Arizona

November 17, 2019

Oregon took care of business against Arizona, 34-6. There were a ton of Ducks that made big plays, but here are the five that stood out to me.

Justin Herbert

Herbert was consistently good from the start of the game until the end. Sure, he had a few bad throws and probably should’ve thrown the ball away a couple of times to avoid sacks, but overall he was solid.

Herbert went 20 for 28 for 333 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception off of a tipped pass. Herbert had a few incredible throws, particularly on two of his touchdowns.

The pass to Juwan Johnson for the 53-yard score was a thing of beauty; he led Johnson just enough so the defender couldn’t make a play, but also enough to allow him to keep running after the catch and extend his arms for the touchdown.

On Spencer Webb’s 24-yard touchdown, Herbert throw a dime of a back-shoulder fade. Webb was able to snag the ball and fight his way into the endzone.

Troy Dye

Dye was an absolute beast; it felt like he was in on plays all night. He ended up with 8 tackles and 1 sack.

Dye made some big time plays in not only the passing game but the running game as well. In one instance, he was able to stop JJ Taylor from busting a long run on the outside.

I thought this was one of Dye’s most complete games. It looks like the hand injury  hasn't slowed him down in the slightest.

Kayvon Thibodeaux

If a player could lead the nation in plays that were almost sacks, I think Thibodeaux would be on the top of that list. He ended the night with 4 tackles and 2 sacks.

Thibs impacts so many plays. Even if his name isn’t always in the box score, he’s the reason for a lot of errant throws.

Juwan Johnson

I mean, Johnson has quickly emerged as the top pass catcher in this offense. He ended the night with 5 catches for 93 yards and a score -- and looked oh so good doing so.

The 53-yard catch he had was a thing of beauty; even though it was a great throw by Herbert, Johnson not only had to snag the ball but also to keep his momentum and extend his arms over the goal line.

JJ6 has proven his worth in a huge way over the last two games, and Herbert looks incredibly comfortable throwing the ball to him. He has such good hands and has enough quickness to be able to gain some extra yards after the catch.

Other than Herbert and the offensive line, he probably is the most important player in Oregon’s offense.

Travis Dye

There were a few guys I could’ve put in this spot, but Travis honestly earned it. He carried the ball 14 times for 71 yards and caught 2 passes for 38 yards and 1 touchdown. It’s not the gaudiest of stat lines, but man did he have some good runs to extend drives.

Dye ran really efficiently and wasn’t trying to do too much with the ball. He just would put his head down and fight for tough yards. His touchdown catch was also a great play.

To be sure, the Oregon offensive line created a huge hole for him, but he stayed patient behind the line before exploding past them for the long touchdown.

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