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Oregon Football

Recap: Ducks Fall in Tempe

September 23, 2017

What a wild night in Tempe which gave Oregon its first loss on the season. A stinging 37-35 loss was almost seemingly doomed from the start.

From the start Oregon could not get things going. The first possession went 3 and out followed by a poor punt. ASU had a short field to work with and wasted no time. Manny Wilkins scampered in from 8 yards out to put ASU up 7-0 early.

Oregon answered back with a 7 play 75 yard drive capped off by a Dillon Mitchell touchdown.

ASU answers right back with a 75 yard drive of its own on the N'Keal Harry touchdown with 3:15 left in the first quarter.

The Sun Devils took a risk and recovered an onside kick. The Oregon defense held ASU to a field goal however.

Oregon got the ball back but the drive stalled when Justin Herbert was sacked on 3rd and 8.

The next seven drives back and forth result for punts as both defenses get a ltitle tighter. The Oregon offense really sputters including a drive that Oregon gets to 3rd and 3. The Ducks false start and on 3rd and 8, Hanson snaps a ball Herbert was not ready for.

With the first half coming to a close, Oregon punted a ball that Ryan Newsome fumbles and the Ducks recovered. Oregon would punch it in on a Royce Freeman sweep that would keep the game within reach at 17-14.

The second half opened up as badly as the first half did for Oregon.

ASU takes the ball right down the field on a huge 63 yard completion to Jalen Harvey. That would extend their lead 24-14.

Oregon goes 3 and out again giving ASU the ball right back. Wilkins hits N'Keal Harry for 46 yards on a huge 3rd down. Demario Richard would run it in and ASU started to pull away 31-14.

The Ducks responded however. Herbert found Johnny Johnson with 8:50 left in the third quarter. That would bring Oregon within 10 at 31-21.

From there things got interesting.

Oregon held ASU forcing another punt. The Ducks answered with a touchdown throw to Tony Brooks-James on a wheel route. 31-28 ASU.

The Ducks fumble on an awkward exchange with Kani Benoit. ASU takes over and on 3rd and 27, Wilkins hits N'Keal Harry for 52 yards. Oregon would limit ASU to a field goal and keep the game within reach at 34-28.

WIth 6:41 left in the fourth quarter, Oregon would score on a Justin Herbert touchdown run that would give Oregon the 35-34 lead.

From there it got interesting. 

ASU would move the ball and kick a field goal to take the lead back, 37-35. 

Oregon would get not only 1 chance, but two within the last two minutes to win the game. The ASU defense would hold and with :08 left to go, take victory formation and the final snap of the game.

Oregon will face Cal at home next weekend.

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