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Oregon vs. Oregon State: Postgame Grades from the Ducks' Win vs. Beavers

Chris RolingFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 21, 2016

Oregon vs. Oregon State: Postgame Grades from the Ducks' Win vs. Beavers

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    The 2012 Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State concluded with the Ducks winning impressively over the Beavers 48-24. 

    With the win, the Oregon Ducks have a legitimate shot at the Rose Bowl and an outside shot at a National Championship appearance. 

    Let's break down the Ducks' final postgame grades and analysis after the huge victory. 


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    Marcus Mariota — A

    Mariota had a great game all things considered. He ended up throwing for 140 yards and a touchdown while adding 85 yards rushing on the ground. 

    While he struggled with accuracy at times, Mariota effectively managed the game. His ability to beat the defense with his feet opened up massive lanes for his running backs. 

    Mariota needed to take care of the football and read the defense properly coming into the game. He did that beautifully en route to the victory. 

Runing Backs

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    In not so shocking news, the Oregon offense once again played at an elite level and racked up over 400 yards rushing as it decimated the Oregon State defense all day. 

    KenJon Barner rushed for two touchdowns and his backup, De'Anthony Thomas added three scores of his own. 

    Barner, despite missing time with an injury, rushed for 198 yards along with his two scores and had an outstanding 7.1 yards per carry average. 

    Thomas added 122 yards to his three scores and fought valiantly in the lead role while Barner was being examined for his injury.

Wide Receivers

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    Despite having a limited role in the offensive game plan, the wide receivers played extremely well for Oregon against the Beavers. 

    Josh Huff was the main target with five catches for 62 yards, while B.J. Kelley caught the only Marcus Mariota touchdown pass. 

    Even more impressive was the receivers ability to effectively block down field while the running backs shredded the defense with ease. 

Tight Ends

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    Like the wide receivers, the tight ends were not a massive part of the game plan, but were more used to help block in the running game. 

    Colt Lyerla caught only two passes for 26 yards, but along with others had a massive impact on the running game. 

    It's not often a team rushed for over 400 yards total, and the only reason Oregon could pull it off is thanks to exceptional blocking from everyone, including tight ends. 

Offensive Line

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    The offensive line played exceptionally well for Oregon against the Beavers, allowing running backs Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, along with quarterback Marcus Mariota, to rush for over 400 yards. 

    It was a common sight to see the offensive linemen break free into the second level and spring any of the runners listed above for huge gains. It also clearly wore down the Oregon State defense very quickly. 

    When actually passing the ball, Mariota typically had a clean pocket. On the rare occasions he didn't, the linemen quickly switched from pass protection to efficient run-blocking. 

Defensive Line

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    The defensive line for Oregon was disruptive all night, and made several key stops. It also had its hand in many of Oregon State's four interceptions as it forced pressure on quarterback Sean Mannion. 

    There were some rough patches for the line, however. At times the line struggled against the run, and ended up allowing two rushing touchdowns to Storm Woods. 

    All in all, the defensive line did a great job of clogging up the trenches and allowing linebackers such as Michael Clay to make big plays when it mattered most. 

    Games such as these are won in the trenches, and at the end of the day the Oregon defensive line won the most important battle. 


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    Star player Michael Clay and the rest of the Oregon defense had a great day, but it was the linebacker group that made the majority of the big plays. 

    It was the linebacking group for Oregon that stopped many of Oregon State's fourth-down attempts. It was also Clay and Co. who were most responsible for shutting down the Beavers' rushing attack outside of the two touchdowns. 

    While Clay had plenty of help in front of him, the linebackers as a whole were excellent not only against the run, but great in coverage as well.

    If one had to pick a defensive MVP of the Civil Way, it would have to go to Clay and his linebackers. 

Defensive Backs

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    The defensive backs for the Oregon Ducks didn't have the most eye-popping game against the Beavers. 

    Until the second half. 

    While the secondary gave up 12 catches for 172 yards combined between star receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks, it also intercepted quarterback Sean Mannion four times en route to victory.

    The most important aspect for the secondary was not surrendering touchdowns, and it did just that. It also allowed the Oregon offense to take over with great field position and giving it a chance to cushion the already impressive lead. 

    It had some talented players in front of it, but the defensive secondary for Oregon held its own against two electric receivers. 

Special Teams

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    Despite early struggles including a missed field goal, the Oregon special teams unit was sound throughout the victory over the Beavers. 

    Sound kick coverage combined with a great effort from punter Jackson Rice, the Ducks were able to win the field position battle and consistently place the offense in a great position to add more points. 


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    Chip Kelly had a few miscues early such as a failed two-point conversion, but outside of that he was perfect. 

    After being out-coached last week against Stanford, it was Kelly making the correct adjustments and placing his players in a position to succeed. Kelly's team won big 48-17, and he's the biggest reason as to why the Ducks are the 2012 Civil War champs. 

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