November 27, 2012
Grades and Analysis: Offense
The Oregon football team finished on a high note with a Civil War wins over their in-state rival on Saturday in Corvallis. Duck Sports Authority once again brings in its analysts for these grades and observations.
Summary Oregon 48 - Oregon State 24 B:
The Oregon Ducks closed out their regular season with a convincing win against rival Oregon State in Corvallis. The Ducks didn’t play their best ball of the season. In fact, they weren’t even all that close, but they did play much better than they did a week earlier against Stanford. The Ducks were clearly better than the Beavers all game long, but the Beavers made what might have been a much closer game a laugher when they persisted in turning the ball over over and over again in the second half to eliminate any chance they had of staying close. When you look at the statistics, the Duck victory was even more dominant than it was in reality. In fact, if you went by statistics alone you would be hard pressed to understand how the game got as close as it was.
Offense B (48 points, 570 yards, 25 first downs, 5-16 third down, 5-6 fourth down)
AJ: The Oregon offense was very good, and did one of the most important things in the game of football: hold onto the ball. While 48 points and 570 yards is only average for Oregon, the Beavers were not used to getting mauled like that. The productivity of the Oregon offense against what is widely considered a solid Beaver defense reinforces the notion that the one Oregon loss, the big one last week to Stanford, was very much an aberration from all the other dominant performances.
JC: The Duck offense sputtered more than it should have against Oregon State. The offense rushed for over 400 yards and averaged almost seven yards per run while quarterback Marcus Mariota completed more than 70 percent of his passes while playing turnover-free football. That sounds like a recipe for the kind of remarkable offensive performance the Ducks put up against USC. This wasn’t that. The Ducks went three and out on three separate occasions, turned the ball over on downs and were forced to punt one other time. Throw in a missed field goal and you have the Ducks failing to score on nearly half of their possessions against Oregon State. Scoring on more than half of your possessions is a very, very good game for most teams, but for a Duck team that averages over 50 points a game this was nothing more than just another game and one in which they will find plenty of room for improvement when they look at the film.
Quarterback B (Mariota 17-24-140, TD, 8-85, TD rushing)
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