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Oregon Football

Recap: Defense & Special Teams Lead Way In Win

November 30, 2019

Oregon opened the game on a slow 16 play, 56 yard drive where they got stopped in the redzone. Josh Delgado had a great 28 yard catch up the seam that got them across midfield. It was also great to get Jaylon Redd back in the mix as he had 2 catches on the drive. He had a great 13 yard catch where he was able to make a guy miss and get a few extra yards. Oregon also converted a fourth and short with Cyrus Habibi-Likio getting just enough. However they would get stopped and Camden Lewis drilled a 32 yard field goal to give them the early lead.


Oregon State was without their usual starting quarterback Jake Luton, so Tristan Gebbia got the starting nod. He would come out of the gates swinging, as the Beavers game plan was to pass the ball all over the field and attempt to stretch out the defense. It worked as they had a big play go for over 20 yards to a little slip route to their tight end. On third and long they Gebbia hit Trevon Bradford for a 17 yard gain. However after running the ball in for a touchdown, there was an illegal hands to the face penalty that moved the Beavers way back. They couldn’t get much going after that and settled for a 45 yard field goal to tie the game up.


It felt like there was a lack of juice for both teams on their opening drive, but that would all change when freshman sensation Mykael Wright decided to return a 98 yard kickoff all the way to the endzone. It was his second of the year and the energy instantly switched inside the stadium.


Both teams would trade possessions with not a whole lot of offense going for either side. Juwan Johnson and Bryan Addison both had catchable balls they just couldn’t quite hang onto. However after a long punt return by Jevon Holland that set up Oregon in Oregon State territory, Herbert would connect with Johnny Johnson for a 28 yard touchdown. It was a beautiful ball that was thrown going towards the left side of the field. Their connection has just kept on getting better and better all year.


After that touchdown there wasn’t a lot of action the rest of the half. Travis Dye did rip off a huge gain for 38 yards but Oregon would ultimately punt at the Beavers 40 yard line. Even though the offense wasn’t doing a lot, the defense started to suffocate every aspect of the Beavers offense. They really didn’t allow anything on the ground and started to put a lot more pressure on Gebbia.


Oregon ended the half with 163 yards compared to the Beavers 159. They had 82 yards in the air and 81 on the ground. The special teams had a fantastic half with Wrights kick return for a touchdown as well as a great punt by Maimone that pinned that was downed at the 1 yard line. The offense was struggling to get anything consistent going, but they still held a comfortable lead going into halftime.


On Oregon’s first drive to open the third quarter they decided to just pound the ball up the middle. Travis Dye was gashing the defense and CJ Verdell was picking up some tough yards. Oregon kept moving the ball and they were almost in the red zone and decided to go for it on 4th and 4. Herbert connected with Ryan Bay on a great catch by Bay to move the sticks. Oregon would then run the ball for almost no success and on third down Herbert just overthrew Juwan Johnson in the corner of the endzone. He was wide open but it was just over his head. Oregon decided to kick the 24 yard field goal but Camden Lewis wasn’t able to make it so the score remained at 17-3.


The defense just kept on getting better as the game went along. They weren’t allowing anything easy and Thibodeaux was really starting to apply pressure on a lot of passing downs. They forced another Beaver punt and got the ball back. They picked up a few first downs before a big sack on 1st down was a momentum killer on the drive. They got a few yards back but ultimately they were forced to punt. A few more back and forth possessions and it was 17-3 still at the end of the third quarter.


The Beavers came out of the gates hot to start the third quarter and Isaiah Hodgins had two quick catches for first downs. Gebbia decided to tuck the ball and run and picked up a huge 15 yard gain to get the ball into Oregon territory. After a few more chunk plays Jemar Jefferson cutback to the right side of the offensive line for a 19 yard touchdown. It was an 11 play 89 yard drive that cut the Oregon lead to 17-10.


Oregon drove down the field behind a balanced attack. They converted their third 4th down of the game and things looked to be going their way. Herbert connected with Redd for what momentarily was ruled an 8 yard touchdown. After review it was determined that he fumbled it right before the ball went into the endzone and the beavers were given possession of the ball. It was a huge gut punch for Oregon as they would’ve had a two touchdown lead with just over 7 minutes left in the game. 


After the turnover Oregon State was able to piece together a few first downs. After a pass breakup by Wright they decided to run the ball on 3rd and 10. It got them a few yards but put them in a bit of a hole on 4th down. They hit a wide receiver out wide for a completion but he was still a few yards short. Oregon took over possession up 7 with just over 4 minutes left.


They weren’t able to end the game and had to punt the ball back with about 2 minutes and 30 seconds left. On first down it appeared Isaac Slade-Matautia had a game clinching interception but it was ruled that the ball hit the ground. On the very next play Jemar Jefferson caught a screen pass and had a first down but decided to try and hurtle Thomas Graham Jr. That decision didn’t end well as Jefferson fumbled the ball and Brady Breeze recovered.


Two plays in and Cyrus Habibi-Likio ran in a 20 yard touchdown to ice the game and give Oregon the 24-10 lead.


Oregon State would try to drive down the field to score but it would be too little too late. A Thibodeaux sack off of the end made it impossible for them to get another play off and Oregon won by a final score of 24-10.


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