Bralon Addison wasn’t in pads last season when the Ducks upended Michigan State in Eugene. At the time the redshirt junior was nursing an injury suffered in spring camp that kept him off the field for an entire year as Oregon marched it’s way to a championship appearance.
This year, a healthy Addison was a difference maker for the Ducks in the rematch as he hauled in seven catches for 138 yards and took an 81-yard punt return to the house in the third quarter to tie the game in what would ultimately be a 31-28 defeat.
A disappointed Addison discussed the game afterwards and said the team never gave up despite being down double digits late in fourth quarter.
“We know we’re a quick strike offense,” he said. “So we just wanted to stay in it, stay focused and we trusted our defense to get us that last three and out, and they did. We’ve just got to finish the job on offense.”
Addison was the target on the Ducks final play from scrimmage, where quarterback Vernon Adams pass hit the turf and the comeback bid fell just short. He acknowledged after the game that the Ducks could’ve played a much cleaner game and if they had done that it could’ve resulted in a different outcome.
But the loss goes in the record books regardless. So what are the positives to take out of this loss? Experience.
“We had a lot of guys playing in their first away game in their college careers,” he said. “This was a hostile environment against a great team. Two top ranked teams and for young guys to come in here and be able to get this experience, I think that’ll help us down the road.”
(Video and story by Robby Boydstun)