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Oregon Football

Top Five: Players of the Game

December 1, 2019

In a game where fans were hoping to see Oregon rebound in a big way, many left with a sour taste in their mouths.

Oregon didn’t seal this game until a late touchdown by Cyrus Habibi-Likio with about  2 minutes left. It definitely wasn’t many players' best game, but a few were exceptional.

Let’s take a look at who I thought were the five best players in this one.

Mykael Wright

Wright is such a threat every time he touches the ball. And this week we saw him house a 98-yard kick return for his second long touchdown of the year.

Wright has wheels and great vision -- a dangerous combo if a team gives him space. On the defensive side of the ball he was fantastic, as he more than held his own against Isaiah Hodgins 1-on-1.

Wright really didn’t allow anything in the passing game, and in the fourth quarter he had a huge pass breakup against Trevon Bradford to force the Beavers into a key third and long. That possession ended with a crucial turnover on downs.

Travis Dye

Dye was a bit of a liability in pass protection, but he had some big-time runs to help the offense when they couldn’t get anything else going. He ended the day rushing 12 times for 91 yards, and he had a catch for 10 yards.

Dye's longest run of the day was a 38-yarder up the middle that helped Oregon get into Oregon State territory. While CJ Verdell was more of the bruiser this game, I thought Dye did a good job at using his vision to help find holes and explode through them.

Austin Faoliu

Faoliu was great at stopping the run all night; he led the team with 1.5 tackles for loss. He ended the night with 8 tackles and quietly had one of his better games as a Duck.

The defensive line did a good job at limiting big runs from the two-headed monster the Beavers have at running back, and Faoliu was a big reason why.

Faoliu has really started to flash the last few weeks. He is playing the best football of his career.

Penei Sewell

Another fantastic game for the best tackle not only in the Pac-12, but potentially in all of college football. The Outland Trophy finalist didn’t allow anyone on his side of the line to beat him, and he was fantastic in pass protection all night.

You know someone had a great game when you hardly hear their name called at all. Sewell is the one player on offense I can’t help but watch almost every snap.

Kayvon Thibodeaux

I was thinking about going with Thomas Graham here, as he was solid in pass coverage and forced the game-winning fumble. But Thibodeaux caused too much havoc not to be on this list. Thibs ended the game with 4 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack.

I know I say this almost every week, but he just disrupts so many plays when he’s rushing the quarterback. The way he can bend his body to get around offensive lineman is so much fun to watch, and he’s starting to add even more moves to his arsenal.

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