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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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Oregon ReWrites Record Book At Oregon State’s Expense

Oregon rewrote the record book in the 121st Civil War in the process of obliterating Oregon State 69-10.

When Royce Freeman ran for his second touchdown of the day to make the score 31-7 not 5 minutes into the 2nd quarter, he passed Oregon State’s Ken Simonton to set a new conference record for rushing touchdowns with 60.

It was part of a Civil War record 35 points scored by a team in a quarter that was part of the a 52 point first half that was a new team record for Oregon and a new Civil War record for most points scored in a half.

That was also the most points scored this year in any half by any CFB team against a CFB opponent.

That set the stage for a game in which Oregon posted the most points ever scored in the Civil War and the largest margin of victory, 59 points, ever in a Civil War.

Oregon executed well on both offense and defense, against an Oregon State defense that routinely was in unsound alignments, regularly failed to address primary coverage responsibilities, repeatedly failed at gap cancellation, and often abandoned back side coverage responsibilities.

Meanwhile, the Beaver offense was again plagued by poor passing, struggled to establish the run, floundered aimlessly with personnel and play calling, and compounded the problem with a foolish special teams call that gave the Ducks the ball at the Beavers’ 19 yard line, which resulted in another Oregon touchdown on the next play. Oregon State also missed a 38 yard field goal, committed numerous turnovers, and drew multiple major penalties, including personal fouls on the opening kickoff of both halves.

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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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Coaching Carousel Spins In The Valley

The big news yesterday morning that resonated nationally was Oregon’s hire of Willie Taggart as the next Ducks football coach. There was also another significant move locally in the annual coaching carousel, with the announcement that Oregon State wide receivers coach Brent Brennan will be the new head coach at San Jose State. While both hires are important, it’s the next hires that really matter, in both Eugene and Corvallis.

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Oregon State Douses Civil War Losing Streak

Ryan Nall Wrecks Oregon

Oregon State ended their season in a wet but winning way Saturday in the 120th Civil War, coming from behind to beat Oregon 34-24. The win, and the weather that was a factor in the win, also doused an 8 game losing streak in the Civil War by the Beavers, avoiding what would have been the longest losing streak in the history of the war.

And they did it riding the “Wrecking Nall”. Sophomore RB Ryan Nall, who had a breakout performance in a losing effort in last year’s Civil War, took over the final third of the game, doing most of the work in turning a 10 point deficit into a 10 point win.

Nall had gotten Oregon State off to a good start, with the game’s first touchdown on a 12 yard run not 6 minutes into the game, but Oregon answered, with a 3 yard scoring run by Tony Brooks-James that capped a 10 play, 75 yard drive.

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Makeup of the Pac-12 North: Oregon

At last, we’ve reached the final post in our series taking a quick look at the Pac-12 North heading into this season. Fittingly (or not fittingly), we saved the Ducks for last. And Just a heads up, Peter and I are each writing a post devoted to Oregon. Why? I’m not sure (Ask him.), but I apologize for the double blast of green and yellow.

On that note, as much as it pains me to write this, I think it’s Oregon and everyone else in Pac-12 North. Yes, the Ducks are losing a lot on defense, not to mention some Mariota kid, but they return all their running backs and to me, that still makes them formidable as ever. I will say this: They should be more beatable, though.

Who they lost:
The Ducks had five players taken in this year’s NFL draft, including juniors Marcus Mariota and Arik Armstead — who were both taken in the first round. They were joined by Jake Fisher (2nd round), Hroniss Grasu (3rd), and Ifo Ekpre-Olomo (7th). Due to graduation, they lost two other offensive starters and five other defensive players. What stands out here is the seven defensive starters lost.

Who they return:
Running backs Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman, plus do-it-all Byron Marshall, lead the returners. They also return good talent at receiver and tight end, including Devon Allen and Johnny Mundt. Also, Darren Carrington and Pharoah Brown (hopefully will be returning from a suspension and injury, respectively  And of course, there’s Charles Nelson. The breakdown: they return six starters on offense and four on defense.

Potential strength:
As mentioned before, the running backs will carry the Ducks this season. And they have to… Nobody is going to be able to come close to replacing Mariota, and whoever ends up being the starter will probably struggle at first. So the backs will be counted on to take pressure off the QB and open things up for the passing game. The only question here is who starts. Freeman was a stud and put up numbers all season, but Tyner came on strong at the end of the season.

Potential weakness:
At this point it’s too easy (and cliche) to say QB. Replacing seven starters is never easy to do. So the Ducks’ defense could be in for some struggles this season, especially in the secondary, where they are going to have fill three positions. In the pass-happy Pac-12, that’s not a comforting thought. Plus, not to pile it on, but Oregon will miss Armstead and Tony Washington putting pressure on opposing QBs.

Way Too Early Prognostication:
Oregon is still the team to beat in the Pac-12 North. But Beaver fans can take solace in the fact that the Ducks might be more beatable this season than they’ve been in awhile — due to life without Super Mario and having to replace so many defensive starters. Whether OSU can take advantage of that remains to be seen. That said, Cal and Stanford will probably be the biggest threats to UO. All bets are off though, if Vernon Adams starts and torches up the Pac-12 like he did OSU and UW. Again sorry…

Go Beavs! (RW)