The Oregon Football Defense did play better, but the offense struggled in key moments in a 21-17 loss at California on Saturday.
At times it was not pretty. Oregon Quarterback Tyler Shough finished the game 14 for 26 for 231 yards and a touchdown, but again, Oregon was not able to finish down the stretch losing their second straight game. Call it a touch of 2020. Call it due to injury. Call it due to a lack of preparation and practice time. These are truths for all teams this strange season, not just Oregon.
California found a way to do things just a little better on Saturday night. They did it by rushing and passing for less yardage than the Ducks. Of course, Oregon’s two turnovers did not help. The 2020 season has not been kind to Oregon. The turnover ratio this season is clearly not in the Ducks’ favor. Funny thing is, half of that ratio is simple dumb luck and being in the right place at the right time. (see Jordan Happle a few weeks ago.)
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Penalties did not help Oregon against Cal. When you have a 41-yard extra point because of the yellow flags on the field, it is not going to be a good day.
Despite the loss, Oregon Football still has a chance to win the Pac-12 North on Saturday as they host the Washington Huskies. The game will be missed by fans, but there will plenty of cardboard on hand to witness the game.
Oregon will have to find a complete game against a very talented Washington team who has just one loss this season. The Huskies come into Autzen Stadium at 3-1 while Oregon is 3-2. Despite the setbacks this shortened season, Oregon has a lot to play for in front of them and I’m sure they recognized the opportunity they have in front of them. This is one of the youngest teams in all of college football and they are learning as they go in 2020.
Oregon Football and Washington meet Saturday inside Autzen Stadium at 1 pm Pacific Time on FOX.