If Oregon can have a complete game Defensively as it has Offensively this season against Stanford, many of the questions of the last few weeks will be answered and Oregon will remain on track. If the Oregon Ducks win out, they will be in the College Football Playoff.
SANTA CLARA – Marcus Mariota threw for five touchdowns on Friday evening as the Oregon Ducks defeated the California Bears 59-41 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Oregon could face one more ranked team this season before the Pac-12 Championship Game in Utah, who they visit on November 9th. Utah is feisty and will play USC on Saturday. Oregon needs to dominate from this point on to have a legitimate chance at a National Title this season, or we could have another week of top team losses for Oregon to move up.
Cal was expected to not have a very full stadium of their fans because of the World Series going on nearby. But, to their surprise, a lot of Duck fans made the trip and filled the majority of the stadium.
As with Arizona, the Bears are a scary group to face because of their never say die attitude and ability to strike from any part of the field. Logic dictates that the Ducks should romp to victory, but as the game against the Wildcats evidenced, Oregon can be beat if they don’t jump on such offenses early.
The game will again come down to who wins it in the trenches on the field. The push off the line will be key and again, will be one of the things I will be watching. I fully expect Oregon to take control early and get off to a fast start, similar to what they did against Washington and UCLA the last two weeks.
Following the game, the storyline was Freeman. The freshman is playing, well, not freshman-like. He is responsible for eleven touchdowns this season for Oregon and is second on the team next to Marcus Mariota with nineteen. The Oregon Quarterback has also not thrown an interception this season for Oregon. With the win the Ducks moved up in the polls.
What an awesome victory for the Oregon Duck football team. The weather was perfect the entire game and the Ducks played well. There was much walking down memory lane at various points during the game.
The game gave me plenty of opportunity to shoot hi-speed action. It was definitely a loud game, one of the loudest yet for me. Even with that distraction, I was able to stay focused on testing my new gear.
If Oregon had the lead back in 1994 before the interception, would the play be remembered the same way? If it wasn’t, what play would be in it’s place to last for twenty years?