Oregon Football Blog
Ducks score 69 & 56, so what!
In the last two games the University of Oregon ducks have scored 125 points, Awesome! The Ducks offense scored 69 against Nevada and 56 today against Missouri St. What does this exactly mean, nothing! Oregon gets tested for the first time since the LSU loss next week in Arizona.
These last two wins mean absolutely nothing, except they didn’t pull a Michigan and lose to Appalachian st.
After the loss to LSU, many questions remained unanswered. Who will replace Jeff Maehl at Wide Receiver? How will the offensive line respond to losing several starters? Can the defensive front stop the run against strong tough offensive lines? Can the Ducks play mistake free, turnover free football, against top-tier opponents?
These last two games have shown a couple of things that I have been looking for. TE Colt Lyerla received some playing time, hauling in 3 TD throws. He was a highly touted in state recruit and he appears he will be an offensive weapon for the next several years.
WR Rahsaan Vaughn started in place of often injured Huff. Vaughn seems quick down the field and appears to have good hands. This guy is a junior college transfer and might be a go to playmaker at WR the ducks are looking for.
Tra Carson carried the ball 9 times for 85 yards. I know the backfield is crowded, but Chip has to find a way to get this guy some more carries, possibly in goal line situations. I really like what I see from this large “Bruising” style RB.
The ducks also finally took some snaps from under center. I get tired of seeing nothing but shotgun read option running plays. Going under center really opens up different types of power running plays that have been lacking in recent years. Defenses I believe are catching on to the read option and this should give the defenses something else to prepare for.
I’m not jumping up and down in joy over these last two wins.
Oregon has shown some weakness stopping the run and at times Darron Thomas’s passes are not that accurate. Oregon really needs to focus on playing penalty free, turnover free football.
The loss to LSU is the third loss to tough national power teams, Auburn last year and Ohio St. in the rose bowl.
If Oregon is going to rise to being a National Championship team, we have to be able to win the big games against tough defenses. Chip has shown he is not able to do so at this point.
Oregon is young at several key positions on this team. Working hard and staying focused the Ducks will continue to get better each week.
Oregon will be on the road this week vs. University of Arizona.