WELL, NO ONE saw this coming - not Beaver fans nor anyone else. A landslide, everyone said, Oregon would stomp all over Oregon State and the Beavers would leave Eugene with their heads hung lower than they already were. Oregon pulled off a win by a score of 36-35, and this one could have gone either way about a dozen or more times.
Turning Point/Game Changer
The fly sweep to Victor Bolden broke the Beavers' hopes at winning this game. Sure they scored and took a temporary lead, but after a missed two-point conversion try to try and make up for a missed earlier conversion, they gave the Ducks 1:32 to score, too long in the hands of Oregon. Had Oregon State held onto the ball and run the clock down, squeezing every precious second out of the play clock and/or Oregon's timeouts, this game might have been a win for the guys in orange and black.
You mean apart from the whole game?
Where did that run offense come from? Where did Terron Ward's 145-yard night come from? Oregon State lacked a satisfying run game heading into this Civil War but found it on Friday night, as the Beavs posted 221 total rushing yards by Terron Ward and Storm Woods. Wow.
I saw cornerback Sean Martin in the offensive backfield of Oregon more than five times Friday night, and the senior nickel corner had a HUGE influence on redirecting and cutting short the Oregon run approach on a few key drives.
Players of the Game Offense
Terron Ward had an incredible night behind a flexible offensive line, finding success where the Beavers had been failing all season in the run game. Ward, with a lot of help from Tyler Anderson as a lead blocker, milked Oregon's defense for all they were worth at Autzen and kept the game in doubt until the final whistle.
Cooks hauled in a 10 grabs for 110 yards during Friday's loss. Cooks' final reception broke the Pac-12 record for receptions made in a season with 119.
From this chair, Rashaad Reynolds, Dylan Wynn and Scott Crichton share the defensive MVP honor. Reynolds nabbed a huge pick in the second quarter and notched three tackles on the night, one of which was for a loss. Wynn was like a locomotive all evening, and he took bite after bite out of the Duck O-line, closing out the night with seven tackles, one for loss. Crichton had eight tackles and two for loss, and both he and Wynn kept Mariota uncomfortable much of the night, in particular giving him less of an opportunity to plant his foot prior to throwing.
Meaningless Stat of the Game
Oregon ended the night with 568 total yards and 242 on the ground between Thomas Tyner and De'Anthony Thomas, but they didn't get nearly the number of points they usually do and 165 of those yards came on the Ducks' first two drives. Stats don't always tell the story and in this case, they tell virtually nothing about how well the Beaver front seven, and overall defense, played.
Special Teams Edge – Goes To OSU
Ryan Murphy's thwack on Addison and subsequent fumble recovery was one of the more exciting plays of the evening.