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Oregon Football

Recap: Oregon vs. UCLA

November 21, 2020

Oregon looked strong out of the gates as they won the toss and deferred to the second half kickoff. With the Bruins trotting out Chase Griffin at quaterback in place of Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the Ducks’ defense forced a three and out. 

The offense didn’t come out firing though, as the offensive line surrendered a sack which stalled the drive and forced a Tom Snee punt.

The Oregon defense didn’t take long to make a statement though, as freshman linebacker Noah Sewell punched the ball out from Chase Griffin and Verone McKinley made a heads up play to tap the ball to himself away from the UCLA player. He took the ball down to the UCLA 20 yard line.

Tyler Shough was quick to capitalize, tossing a 19-yard pass to a wide open Devon Williams for six. Ducks lead 7-0. 

The Ducks would really swing the momentum in their favor the next drive, as freshman safety JJ Greenfield blew up UCLA’s Qwuantrezz Knight, forcing a fumble that would be recovered by Johnny Johnson deep in UCLA territory. It would be another one play drive after Tyler Shough threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Travis Dye. 

The Ducks were up 14-0 with just over 5 minutes left in the first quarter. 

A 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Devon Williams would back up the ensuing kickoff, which Demetric Felton returned to near midfeild.

The Bruins continued their trend of pounding the ball on the ground, with wide receiver Kyle Philips taking ripping off a 29-yard run from a Chase Griffin pitch. Chip Kelly wasn’t asking much from his quarterback, who recorded just 13 passes in the first half. 

Philips’ run would set the Bruins up to capitalize, and a few plays later, Demetric Felton continued his first-half dominance by pounding into the endzone from a yard out to bring the Bruins within a score.

The two teams went on to trade punts to end the quarter, with Oregon taking over deep in their own territory to start the second. CJ Verdell fumbled on the first play of the next drive, which linebacker Bo Calvert promptly scooped up for a Bruin touchdown to tie the game. 14-14.

The Ducks tried to bounce back, and chewed six minutes off the clock on their next drive. Tyler Shough found a wide open Johnny Johnson for a 30 yard pass, which would be the main chunk in Oregon’s 70-yard, 13 play drive that ended with a 22-yard field goal from Camden Lewis.

Oregon’s tackling was an issue for all of the first half, and UCLA took advantage. The Bruins responded with a 10 play, 69-yard touchdown drive. Demetric Felton was getting whatever he wanted on the ground, which set up a 19-yard pass from Chase Griffin to convert on a LONG third down. 

The Bruins would go on to score on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to tight end Greg Dulcich to take their first lead of the game 21-17. 

Oregon’s offense would punt the ball on the ensuing drive and give the ball back to UCLA with just under a minute left in the half.

Oregon capped off the half in a BIG WAY. On the final play of the half Brandon Dorlus got a massive hit on Bruins’ quarterback Chase Griffin, which put the ball on a vertical path. It would land in the hands of Jordan Happle, who would take it to the house for a 58-yard pick six. He received a big block from Kayvon Thibodeaux in the process, as he almost ran out of steam on the return. Ducks entered the half up 24-21. 

The Ducks received the second half kickoff and started the half strong. They drove the ball 75 yards on just 7 plays, highlighted by a 30-yard pitch and catch between Devon Williams that saw him throw a defender off him. CJ Verdell would score standing up on the next play to extend Oregon’s lead, 31-21.

Chip Kelly utilized tempo very effectively on the next drive, making it hard for Oregon to rotate players. Kayvon Thibodeaux would go down for a bit after a play but quickly returned to action.

Demetric Felton set the tone on the ground, running for a few first downs to help move the chains. Passes to Greg Dulcich and Chase Cota moved the Bruins into the endzone, and Brittain Brown proved just as capable as Felton, hopping over the pile for a 2-yard touchdown.

The Bruins cut the Oregon lead to just 4, 31-28 midway through the third quarter.

The Ducks would go three-and-out the next drive and it felt like the Bruins had all the momentum.

Noah Sewell would be carted off with a leg injury, and things were looking a bit bleak. Oregon got the perfect response from their defense, as UCLA was driving near the Oregon 30 yard-line before Chase Griffin Forced a throw that was intercepted by Verone McKinley. Ducks would take over with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

Oregon fans waiting for the arrival of Devon Williams got just that when Tyler Shough tossing up a 50-50 ball that Williams came down with for 49 yards. On the next play, Shough would pull the ball in after faking play action and toss the ball 12 yards to a wide open Hunter Kampmoyer for a tochdown, stretching the lead to 38-28. 

UCLA continued to struggle to move the ball, and the defense was performing without Noah Sewell, forcing another 3 and out to end the third quarter.

On the next drive Tyler Shough connected with Hunter Kampmoyer for 26 yards. The offense would move into the red zone before Camden Lewis would badly miss from 43 yards out. The defense continued its strong play with another three-and-out.

The teams traded punts once again and just over 7 minutes remained as UCLA took over. Lots of clock being chewed but neither team was scoring.

That was until UCLA rattled off a 12 play, 90 yard touchdown drive. Chase Griffin dropped some short and intermediate passes to Chase Cota and Kyle Philips to set up Demetric Felton for another easy touchdown run as the defense continued to struggle with tackling. 38-35 Ducks with just under 4 minutes left.

The Ducks got the ball back but couldn’t get a first down, which forced a punt, as Tom Snee pinned the Bruins inside their 20 yard-line.

UCLA was moving the ball quickly with 13 and 14-yard passes to Greg Dulcich and Kyle Philips respectively. Brandon Dorlus would absolutely light up Chase Griffin and was called for roughing the passer, giving the Bruins 15 free yards.

After a false start the offense started to unravel a bit, as Adrian Jackson came SCREAMING off the edge on multiple plays, helping collapse the pocket and making things difficult for Chase Griffin. 

The Bruins would call a questionable run play on third down that would hardly move the ball. The game came down to a fourth and 12, where Chase Griffin nearly connected with Kyle Philips for a the first, but Jamal Hill and others were in the area.



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