Oregon In the Pac12 Championship
On Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon beat Oregon State 49-21 to clinch the Pac-12 North and a spot in the inaugural Pac 12 title game.
The loss ended Oregon State’s nightmare season where they only won 3 games.
The Ducks got a scare in the game when star RB LaMicheal James left in the 3rd quarter with another elbow injury, but the injury does not look serious.
Here are 5 reasons why Oregon beat Oregon State in the big Civil War game.
1. Offense, offense, offense - The Beavers had no answer for the Oregon offense that racked up 670 yards in the game. The Ducks used a well-balanced attack on offense with 305 passing yards and 365 rushing yards.
2. Ducks’ QB Darron Thomas dominated the 2nd quarter - After Oregon State tied the score at 7-7 when Jovan Stevenson caught a 58-yard TD pass from OSU QB Sean Mannion Oregon QB Thomas took over.
In the 2nd quarter Thomas tossed 3 TD passes to 3 different receivers while the Beavers were shut down on offense.
For the game Thomas was stellar, as even though the Ducks’ strength on offense is obviously running the ball the Oregon QB passed for 305 yards with 4 TD and 0 INT.
3. James had another great game -Even though he did not finish the game James was solid, yet again. He came into the game leading the nation averaging 142.78 yards per game and in the Civil War game he rushed for his average (142 yards) and averaged a legit 5.9 yards per carry.
4. Beavers’ offense sputtered until the 4th quarter - OSU QB Sean Mannion passed for 299 yards in the game with 3 TD, but he had 2 INT and 2 of his TD passes came in the 4th quarter when the Ducks already had a huge lead and had the game in the bag.
The Beavers could not run the ball at all in the game with a grand total of 16 rushing yards.
5. Beavers sucked on 3rd down on both sides of the ball - On 3rd down in the game the Beavers’ offense was only 3/13 on 3rd down conversions while their defense allowed the Ducks to convert on 50% (7/14) of their 3rd down conversions.
Next Up: Next up for the Beavers is clearing out the locker room and looking forward to next season while Oregon will get ready for the Pac 12 title game.
In the conference championship game they will face UCLA, who the Ducks did not face this season, but is coming off a 50-0 loss to USC in their season finale.
Call me crazy, but think the Ducks will be heavily favored and if they can beat the Bruins they will wrap up a BCS bowl berth.