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Oregon Sees Opportunities And Seizes Civil War Win From Oregon State

Oregon saw a number of opportunities in Saturday’s 123rd Civil War game against Oregon State, and the Ducks capitalized on all of them, seizing a 24-10 win over the Beavers as a result.

Key injuries to both the Oregon State offense and defense, assignment problems on defense, questionable play calling on offense, and special teams breakdowns all contributed to the problem, and the opportunities, which Oregon converted into both a 2 touchdown halftime lead, and the 2 touchdown win.

The Beavers got bad news when senior starting quarterback Jake Luton determined in pre-game warmups that an injury to his throwing arm fore-arm initially sustained in last week’s game against Washington State had not responded to treatment enough for him to grip or throw the football effectively.

As a result, red-shirt sophomore Tristan Gebbia, with 10 minutes notice, made his first start since high school in the Civil War, in front of an Autzen Stadium capacity crowd of 56,243, the biggest crowd of the year to watch the Beavers.

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Damaged Ducks Still Destroy Defenseless Beaver Defense

Oregon came into the Civil War wanting to run the ball, and wanting to shut down the Oregon State rushing game. Just like everyone has all season. Yet the Beavers weren’t able to do anything about it, and as a result, the Ducks became the latest in a long list of teams to have multiple backs have career days against them, as they rolled to a 55-15 win, which wasn’t as close as the score indicated, due to an Oregon State score with 16 seconds left. It was Oregon’s 10th win in the last 11 Civil Wars.

As usual, the Oregon State defense did not come out prepared to play, and Oregon built a 21-0 lead, on 3 touchdowns by C.J. Verdell, below.

This despite playing the first quarter without star WR Dillon Mitchell, who was benched by Oregon coach Mario Cristobal for being late to a meeting. Mitchell, arguably the most dangerous receiver in the conference, would finish with just 1 catch for 9 yards. Due in part to Oregon almost totally eschewing the air game after the break. More on that to come.

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Thoughts On The Civil War And Bigger Issues

The idea that there are bigger issues involving football in the state of Oregn than the Civil War, at least during Civil War week, is an indication of how much the landscape has changed, and how important some of those bigger issues actually are.

Oregon could be concerned with keeping first year head coach Willie Taggart now that the coaching carousel is starting to spin at considerable velocity, and Oregon State is preoccupied with landing their new coach before someone else beats them to their favored recruits. And once the moves start to be made, even ones that won’t involve Oregon State’s preferred candidates will impact them, as each move begets more movement.

The uncertainty around the future leadership of the Oregon State program means there is also uncertainty about the direction and style of the program, and all of that has to be sorted out before the remaining players can make decisions about their future, not to mention potential recruits.

That and the fact that the Ducks are enough better with quarterback Justin Herbert back to go along with Royce Freeman’s drive to start a record book burning party that Oregon is more than a 24 point favorite has essentially killed most of the buzz about the 121st Civil War, at least around Beaver fans.

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