Oregon Football was not able to finish against an Oregon State team that was ready for a Ducks team that did not seem prepared. The Beavers won 41-38.
The gameplan for Oregon State seemed simple enough. Run the ball and pass when needed at the right opportunity. In doing these two things, they upset the Oregon Ducks on Friday night in a foggy Reser Stadium ending the Ducks College Football Playoff hopes for 2020.
Oregon Football struggled to account for Oregon State Running Back Jermar Jefferson for most of the night as he racked up over 225 yards and two touchdowns, his longest on his first touch of the game for 82 yards tying the game at 7. Tristan Gebbia had a solid game for the Beavers throwing for 263 yards and a touchdown. He threw when the Ducks Defense gave him windows to do so and completed most of his passes on the night.
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On the other side, Tyler Shough struggled at times but found ways to overcome his two bad throws that ended up being turnovers. Shough was able to find receivers. Oregon State is becoming a better team and appears to have a lockdown cornerback of their own in Nahshon Wright who finished the night with a pass breakup and an interception.
The Oregon Football defense struggled with filling holes up front most of the night as Jefferson found holes to run through. Freshman Noah Sewell had a good game with 10 tackles on the night after being carted off the field last week vs UCLA. Kayvon Thibodeaux finished with 7 tackles and a sack.
One bright spot for Oregon was a kicker. After struggling to start the season with Camden Lewis, the Ducks turned to Sophomore Henry Katleman who was perfect on the night with his point-after attempts and his single field goal attempt before halftime for 33 yards.
With the Oregon Football loss, the Pac-12 North race now gives some hope to other teams. Washington will take on Utah in a cross-division battle on Saturday night with something additional to play for. In a season of cancellations due to the pandemic, wins are coming at a premium. Colorado, who is 2-0 missed their chance against USC this weekend and found a replacement game with San Diego State on Saturday. Certainly not the same competition, but they will play a game.
Oregon Football will look to get back on track with a road trip to California this week before closing out this ‘regular season’ hosting the Washington Huskies. Gametime vs Cal has not yet been announced.