Rich Kolbell

Oregon ends the season on a sour note.

CORVALLIS, ORE, -- After a come from behind win to beat Utah last week, the Oregon Ducks hoped to extend an eight game winning streak over in-state rival, Oregon State Beavers, but the Ducks came up short and lost 34-24 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

The Ducks could not contain running back Ryan Nall who rushed for 155 yards on 31 carries and found the endzone four times. The game was tied at halftime, 14 all, and for the first part of the third quarter the Ducks jumped out to a 24-14 lead behind a 23-yard pass from Justin Herbert to Charles Nelson . A little later on in the quarter, place kicker Aidan Schneider booted a 46-yard field goal and Oregon looked like it had complete control of the game.

Then came a squall from the west and as the rain fell, so did Oregon’s ability to move the ball on offense and stop the Beavers from running ball on defense.

It was Nall time.

About halfway through the third quarter, Nall seemed to gain strength as he continually pounded an Oregon defensive line that showed the wear and tear of a long season. He scored with 3:46 left in the third on a 14-yard run. Then in the fourth quarter it was all Nall. Scoring two TDs on runs of six and two yards, the game got out of reach for the Ducks.

For the game the Beavers amassed a total 411 yards (310 rushing, 101 passing) while the Ducks had 384 (171 rushing, 213 passing.)

Herbert was 16 of 28 for 180 yards passing with one passing touchdown to Nelson who ended the day with four catches and 43 receiving yards. Royce Freeman got most of the action in the game has he carried the ball 19 times for 106 yards but never found the endzone. He also had three receptions for 33 yards.

After the game, a subdued Mark Helfrich indicated he was proud of his team but that there were too many missed tackles. Helfrich was asked if he felt safe for his job.

“I don’t make that determination,” said Helfrich. “Nobody’s job is safe in college football.”

Jalen Brown threw a 33-yard TD pass on a trick play after the ball was lateraled to him and he found Darren Carrington alone in the endzone.

Carrington led the Ducks receivers with 76 yards on three catches while Nelson had four grabs for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Oregon was led in tackling by Johnny Ragin III with 11 total tackles (six solos) while Brenden Schooler had nine total tackles (five solos) and Troy Dye ended the day with six solo tackles.

The Ducks only managed to record two tackles for loss, one by T.J. Daniel including the Ducks’ only sack and one TFL for Justin Hollins.

Oregon’s defense started to show some composure towards the end of the half by forcing a turnover when Arrion Springs stripped Victor Bolden of the ball inside the Ducks 20-yard line. 

With Oregon’s loss, the two teams have identical 4-8 records for the year but the Beavers were 3-6 in conference play while the Ducks were 2-7.

Helfrich said he would be on the road recruiting starting Sunday after the annual team awards banquet.

The Duck headman’s future is still in question, but for sure this season has been a disappointment for Helfrich, his team and the Oregon fans.

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