BCS hopes died this weekend in Autzen Stadium as Alejandro Maldonado’s kick sailed wide of the uprights. Three points that would have sent the game into overtime with Oregon having every bit of the momentum.
For just the second time this year, they lost 38-35. This time to Matt Barkley and the AP 10th ranked USC Trojans.
But let’s face it Duck fans, Barkley stole the show. He was phenomenal from the opening whistle and finished the game with over 300 yards on 26 of 34 passing. He also tossed four touchdowns to just one interception. And keep in mind that the pick went through the hands of his receiver before finding its way into an Oregon defenders’ hands.
This was a game that also saw LaMichael James give way to Kenjon Barner in the latter stages. Rightfully so, as he ran for 45 more yards (123) on five less carries(15).
For USC, Curtis McNeal nearly bought permanent real estate in Eugene, rushing for 94 yards on 20 carries to lead his team.
In typical Ducks fashion though, we had some late drama in this one after USC took a 38-14 lead.
Oregon then returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and eventually scored two more times in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to three. The Ducks scored the game’s final 21 points, and you can’t help but think what could have happened had Maldonado’s kick been two feet further to the right. Ducks Football Stats
A week ago, I would have said that the Ducks’ Civil War game against the Oregon State Beavers to close out the regular season would have been a cake walk. But last weeks. loss to USC combined with the Beavers win over Washington changes the meaning of this game significantly.
The Ducks need to win to clinch the Pac-12 North Division title. If they lose, Stanford is the North champion. Beaver
Although on paper this one screams for a blowout in the Ducks favor, the Beavers do move the ball through the air quite well, but their running game is just absolutely dreadful. The ground attack ranks 116th in the nation.
They don’t do well in the points department either. They give up nearly 30 a game, which is good for 82nd in the country. Think that’s bad? They don’t even get to 22 points per game on the other side. Which places them a meager 96th.
This man makes a weekly appearance in this section it seems, as De’Anthony Thomas is back here again. He scored two more touchdowns in this one. One through the air, then he took a kickoff 96 yards into the end zone. He now has 15 total touchdowns on the season.
OL – Ramsen Golpashin (Knee)
DB – James Scale (Knee)
CB – Cliff Harris (Suspension)
CB – Anthony Gildon (Undisclosed)
TE – Curtis White (Leg)
Oregon got the gift they were looking for earlier in the week when Iowa State knocked off the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but they couldn’t hold up their own end against the Trojans. They dropped to 10th in the BCS. They now have virtually no chance at a title game, but they can still make it into the Rose Bowl if they beat OS while Wisconsin ‘s downs Penn State this weekend and Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.
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