Oregon 45 Colorado 2 – Game recap
Even though they were playing without their 2 big guns on offense Oregon crushed Colorado 45-2 on Saturday afternoon in Boulder. The win means the Ducks may likely move up in the rankings, since the undefeated teams of Oklahoma and Wisconsin both lost.
Here are 5 reasons Oregon beat Colorado.
1. No James, no Thomas, no problem - Oregon was without Heisman hopeful RB LaMichael James and QB Darron Thomas, but they were not needed and the game showed how deep the Ducks’ team is.
2. Oregon’s defense was stellar - The Ducks’ defense really stepped up in this game holding Colorado to only 98 rushing yards and 133 passing yards and the only score Oregon allowed was a safety at the end of the game.
The Buffaloes were only 5/19 on 3rd down conversions and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly stated, “Our defense played outstanding all day long. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the shutout.”
3. Colorado was shorthanded -The Ducks were without James and Thomas, but injuries have decimated Colorado lately and they were without 12 injured players.
The 2 players that they missed the most were RB Rodney Stewart and WR Paul Richardson, who before the Oregon game had accounted for almost 60% of the Buffaloes’ offense.
The loss of Stewart really hurt, as his 2 backups failed to average 4 yards per carry in the lopsided loss.
4. The game was over early – The Ducks scored TD’s on all of their first quarter possessions and what was even more impressive is that 3 of the 4 drives were all over 80 yards.
At the end of the first quarter the score was 29-0 and by that time the game was, pretty much, over.
5. Colorado could not stop the run - Even with backups and backups to backups the Ducks shredded the Buffalos’ run defense to the tune of 371 rushing yards.
Barner had an 84-yard TD run and De’Anthony Thomas averaged 12.5 yards per carry on his 4 carries on the day.
Next Up:Next week Oregon plays host to a 3-4 Washington State team and then their next 2 games will determine if they make it to the conference championship game playing Washington and Stanford both on the road.