Week 13 Recap: Oregon vs Oregon State

FINAL: Oregon 24, Oregon State 34


OFFENSE

@WildKingdumb – Grade: D
I’m going to forget the offensive totals because I am stuck on the number 3/10 converting on 3rd Down.  Most teams won’t win when they can’t keep drives going.  All the perceived improvement of the o-line seemed to take a step back.  Hand it to OSU, they were aggressive at the line of scrimmage and didn’t allow the Ducks time to take the ball down field when the weather wasn’t a factor.  One costly fumble and this game plays out completely different, the Ducks go up at half and score again on their first possession and you force OSU to throw and blah, blah, blah… doesn’t matter because it didn’t happen.   The Ducks had a 10 point lead with 7:44 left in the 3rd quarter, and in their next three drives they gain, 6, 4, and 44 yards as the scoreboard takes a 20 point swing. 

@DMDoubleG – Grade: “Growing Strong” — House Tyrell
As our last game review, I will be treating this week like a season review as well, and describing each section with the Words of a House from Game of Thrones. Hopefully you enjoy this more than the last game (and season). I know I did.

This one speaks for itself. This year was rough, but with players like Justin Herbert and Tony Brooks-James behind, well, the entire offensive line, we’ll be just fine going forward.

Honorable Mention: “We Remember” — House Royce, for obvious and sad reasons.

DEFENSE

@WildKingdumb – Grade: D
The Ducks couldn’t stop the running game.  53 rushes for 310 yards.  Ryan Nall had 155 yards with a long of 14, he was just taking 5 yards a touch and OSU stayed committed.  I’m sure if the Utah Offensive coaches watched this game they’d throw up seeing the gameplan they should have used the week before.  The teams tackling IS getting better, they didn’t give up as many big plays as in weeks past but right now that’s a hard thing to be excited about.  

@DMDoubleG – Grade: “What is Dead May Never Die” — unofficial words of House Greyjoy
This defense started bad and only got worse. Somehow.

Technically the house words of the Greyjoy’s is “We Do Not Sow,” which seems fitting for an ideal defensive mindset.

“[We do not sow]. We are ironborn. We’re not subjects, we’re not slaves. We do not plow the field or toil in the mine. We take what is ours.” — Lord Balon Greyjoy. Let it be noted that the Oregon defense had ZERO defensive touchdowns this season.

“What is Dead May Never Die” is the motto of the religious followers of the Drowned God, which is closely associated with the Greyjoys and their ilk.

If there is any consolation to be found here, the full exchange goes like this:
“What is Dead May Never Die”
“But Rises Again Harder and Stronger”


SPECIAL TEAMS

@WildKingdumb – Grade: F
Oregon has too many athletes to be a non-factor each week in this category.

@DMDoubleG – Grade: “Fire and Blood” — House Targaryen
A perfect representation of what our special teams have been. The placekicking has been straight fire, while the punt team — both kicking and receiving — has been a constant and gaping wound. Our kicks lacked any distance, our gunners were undisciplined, and our returners had abysmal decision making.

Ian Wheeler averaged less than 38 yards per punt, 4 players traded off punt return duties throughout the year, and none averaged more than 15.5 yards per return. In fact, if you look at the three returners not named Charles Nelson, none averaged more than FIVE yards per return, and that was Malik Lovette with one attempt. In fact, our punt coverage was so bad, our 4 returners only managed to return TWENTY TWO punts ALL YEAR.

On the other hand, Matt Wogan was a touchback machine, and Aiden Schneider made 39 of 40 extra points, and 8 of 11 field goals. That’s darn good.

“Half the Targaryens went mad didn’t they? What’s the saying? ‘Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin.'” — Cersei Lannister about Targaryens, and me about our special teams.


COACHING

@WildKingdumb – Grade: F
This might have been one of the worst performances of the season, by an underperforming squad.  I’m sure other contributors will expand on this* (if anyone else has the energy to do a write up) and give you all what you want to read.  I personally, am tired of not just losing but seeing BAD football.  Want to know who else is tired of seeing losing football, the Athletic Department.  Everyone is that building knows this year was bad, the only difference is the people inside the building know WHY it went bad.  So I won’t rally to defend a coach, or scream he should be fired.  I just plan to trust the Athletic Department to make the correct decisions to help guide the Ducks back to the “new norm” that the last 11 years have established for Oregon Football.    *No one did.

@DMDoubleG – Grade: “We Stand Together” — House Frey
In the fitting words of Lady Catelyn Stark: “‘More Pride Than Honor’; those SHOULD be the words of House Frey.” ’nuff said.



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