Oregon QB Vernon Adams led the Ducks on a late game comeback that fell just short against Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday night. At times Adams was a playmaker, taking advantage of the room the Spartans were giving the Ducks out on the edge and finding open receivers for quick strikes that turned into big gains.
At other times, Adams struggled. The senior, who has only been with the Ducks for about four weeks, had two interceptions — one on a 50/50 ball to Charles Nelson that was ripped away by Montae Nicholson and another that was easily picked as Adams spotted a streaking Nelson down the sideline.
Adams put the blame on himself, taking responsibility for not making changes up front that may have prevented sacks and for not completing some key passes, including two on the final drive to Byron Marshall and Bralon Addison that could’ve won, or at least extended the contest.
“I’ve got to make that throw,” he said of the ball to Addison on the Ducks final play. “That’s a throw I should’ve made.”
Adams continued to harp on execution during the post game press conference and refused to make excuses for some of the miscues that occurred. He was his own worst critic.
“I just wasn’t executing enough,” he said. “Missing wide open guys and throwing interceptions. I don’t know. I just have to be better.”
He’ll get that opportunity next week against Georgia State.
(video and text by Robby Boydstun)