One of the the residual benefits of Oregon's furious pace is that it gives the team a relentless next-play mentality. There's no frustration factor, no dwelling on mistakes. They correct them in real time. Over throw? Offensive pass interference penalty? Just throw a touchdown on the next play.
Oregon didn't play a perfect game against Colorado, but they got a perfect result, rolling for 755 yards of offense despite shutting down the starters after Josh Huff's determined 26-yard catch and run for a touchdown with 6:50 to go in the third quarter.
The twos and threes took over from there, coughing up three turnovers in three possessions, taking a knee at the one yard line to end the game.
DeAnthony Thomas sat out the game with an injured ankle, a boot on his foot, and tight end Colt Lyerla was left home serving a one-game suspension.
Marcus Mariota was effective if not flawless. He completed 16-27 passes for 355 yards and five tds (59.3%), adding two short touchdowns on the ground, 7 carries for 43 yards.
Receivers Huff and Bralon Addison had big days, each going over 100 yards with two touchdowns. Addison grabbed 5 balls for 156 yards, including td plays of 75 and 44 yards. Huff also caught 5 balls, 103 yards. He scored just before half on a 4-yard slant pattern, a tough catch with a defender draped all over him. He capped the Ducks point total with his second td, dragging a Colorado defender from the ten over the goal line.
Bryon Marshall rounded out the attack with a steady, reliable performance in the running game, 23 carries for 122 yards. He moved the chains and took good care of the football after 3 fumbles in the monsoon last week. Thomas Tyner flashed his game breaking potential with a 22-yard run and a 24-dash with a center screen play, but got stuffed badly twice when blocking failed, fumbled on a busted-up play in the third quarter, in all 10 carries for 31 yards. Thus far the running attack lacks the explosiveness it had with Barner and James, but both of these young players will show more with experience.
Colorado competed gamely. They opened the game with an unsuccessful onside kick, scored a touchdown on a wide receiver reverse option play that went 75 yards to take an early 10-8 lead. They went for it on fourth down three times. Connor Wood completed a 55-yard bomb to Paul Richardson on their opening drive, but the Ducks stiffened and held them to a field goal.
Oregon's defense gave up four plays over 20 yards, but they held the Buffs to field goals on three Red Zone tries, and 0-15 on third downs. They forced 8 Colorado punts. Though the secondary was burned by Richardson for 5 catches and 134 yards, Terrance Mitchell made two interceptions.
The errors didn't matter. Mark Helfrich was guarded in his praise, calling the Ducks play "just okay" after the game, but the next-play mentality led to a deluge of positive ones. There was no need to dwell on the errors. Through five games against overmatched opponents, the Ducks have not been flawless, but they have been formidable. Washington awaits, and they have Stanford in twenty minutes.
Back from a busy trip to Oregon, where we endured the record-setting rain at Autzen (and thankfully a dominant Ducks' win), to watch the Ducks play well enough - mostly - against a spunky Buffs team at 5400'. Here's to DAT returning fully healed and Colt coming back mentally ready to play the mostly renovated Huskies at their newly renovated stadium. The dawgs almost pulled off the upset at the farm. But this uncool, whiney Sark response to the clearly incomplete 4th down pass in the final minute ought to add some motivation come Saturday:
“It’s unfortunate the game had to come down to a judgment call like that,” he said. “I wish the game was won on the field and not in the booth upstairs with some guy (who) didn’t get to feel the emotion of the hard-fought football game that that game was. … From my vantage point, it was pretty hard to overturn it. But, again, I didn’t get to sit 50 yards up in a booth and play a video game and make the call.”
Sure, tough loss but is the ref's biased emotion supposed to overlook a ball bouncing off the ground? Own up, the game was lost on the field. Sounds like a Pop Warner coach.
Mark Helfrich is such a class act. Running out the clock with one minute left and a first down on Colorado one yard line. I love the adjustment that Nick Alioti made at halftime. At times the Duck defense looked out of sorts in the first half. They did not miss a beat in the second half. GO DUCKS!
Dale thank you for "The Duck Stops Here"!!!
@rgyle I'm no Husky fan, but I agree with Sark. There was no conclusive video evidence that I saw that was worthy of overturning the call on the field. There were several poor calls last night, and it looked to me that the lion's share of them went against the Huskies. I'm really tired of the mediocre quality of the Pac 12 officiating that plays far to heavy a role in game outcomes in our league. Also, when will a rule be instituted that stops defensive players from faking injuries to slow down no huddle offenses. Stanford did it last night, and they will do it against Oregon....
@Duckbill Count me in on the Addison train Toot Toot. His upside is redonkulous, way better hands and speed than Huffsy. Duckbill please remember tho that Marqise is the BEST WR in college and it's not even close. He will be the first receiver taken in the draft. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for us their QB's/coaches care more about the girls and sunshine than winning.
What is your assessment of Mariota? Huff dropped at least 1 ball, Mundt dropped a TD.....7 scores in 3 quarters not a bad day at the office. But I agree he does need to be more accurate starting today. Clearly the Huskies are much better. We just scored 57 without a Mamba and a Colt......wow
@Duckzilla Yes there was evidence the ball clearly hit the ground, check your prescription!
@Duckzilla Pretty conclusive to me. Watch from the 1:50 mark...
Stanford led the whole game, Washington lost. Still, the Huskies are good and will be a great 4 quarter test for these 2013 Ducks (finally).
It's simple.... If your injury stops a game, and you are forced to leave the game, you do not come back into the game during that series.... A rule like that would certainly make a player like Skov think twice before faking an injury...
@lexusduck @Duckzilla Good that you "saw" it lexusduck cause even Shaw thought the Washington player cleanly caught the ball.... Like I said, I don't really care that Stanford won, but I hate to see any team suffer because of poor officiating... and heaven knows the Ducks have suffered through their share of it and probably will again in the very near future....