Utah vs. Oregon: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Ducks

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Utah vs. Oregon: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Ducks
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The unranked Utah Utes travel up to Eugene, Ore., to take on No. 6-ranked Oregon after the Ducks lost their first game of the season last week. Though Oregon is likely out of the BCS National Championship picture, the Ducks average over 50 points per game and are not to be overlooked. Utah is responsible for Stanford's only loss of the season after the Utes upset the Cardinal 27-21 one month ago. 

Oregon 44, Utah 21

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com

Oregon Ducks Game Grades
Positional Unit First Half Grades Final Grades
Pass Offense A- A
Run Offense D+ A-
Pass Defense B- B
Run Defense A- B-
Special Teams C+ A
Coaching A- A

Oregon Ducks Week 12

Game Analysis for the Oregon Ducks

Passing Offense: Mariota’s passing attack was incredibly efficient all game long as the Heisman hopeful completed 19 of 26 passes for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mariota still has yet to throw an interception while managing to throw 22 touchdowns on the season. The Ducks shredded the Utah secondary all day long and were able to take Mariota out of the game with 10 minutes left in the game.

Rushing Offense: While Oregon’s rushing attack was largely non-existent in the first half, the Ducks exploded in the second half to finish the game with 146 rushing yards on 35 carries. Seven different Oregon players had at least one rushing attempt against Utah.

Passing Defense: Oregon’s defense leads the PAC-12 with 24 takeaways this season, and a first quarter interception by defensive back Terrance Mitchell gave the Ducks offense great field position to open up the scoring. The Ducks secondary finished the game strong after giving up a late touchdown in the first half as well as a touchdown early in the third quarter. Once the Ducks took a 44-14 lead, most of the starters came out of the game.

Rushing defense: Oregon’s rushing defense managed the Utah rushing attack well, finishing the game giving up 114 yards to four different ball carriers—an average of 2.7 yards per carry. The longest single run they gave up was just 10 yards, and giving up a rushing touchdown is not a big deal when your offense and special teams can put up 44 points in three quarters.

Special Teams: Kicker Matt Wogan finished the game making his only field goal attempt on top of five of six extra point tries, but it was track star De’Anthony Thomas a.k.a. The Black Momba who stole the show when he returned a second-half kickoff attempt 86 yards for a touchdown.

Coaching: Once Oregon found a groove in their passing game they continued to exploit the weaknesses of the Utah secondary, which turned out to be an extremely smart call given how powerful Utah’s defensive line is.

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1st-Half Analysis for the Oregon Ducks

Passing Offense: Mariota’s passing attack has been extremely efficient, as the Heisman hopeful has completed 13 of 16 passes for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mariota still has yet to throw an interception while managing to throw 22 touchdowns on the season.

Rushing Offense: Oregon’s rushing attack was largely non-existent in the first half. The Ducks have just 11 rushing yards on 15 carries—a credit to the extremely talented Utah defensive line.

Passing Defense: Oregon’s defense leads the PAC-12 with 24 takeaways this season, and the Ducks defensive back Terrance Mitchell picked off a deflected pass that gave Mariota great field position to open up the scoring. The Ducks secondary held Utah scoreless until a 34-yard touchdown pass shrunk the Oregon lead to just 3 points.

Rushing defense: Aside from giving up a 9-yard run, the Oregon rushing defense has been nearly perfect. Utah has rushed the ball 22 times through four different carriers yet have managed just 47 rushing yards in the half. These stats indicate that Utah will be forced to air it out in the second half if they want to have a chance at upsetting the Ducks, so it will be interesting to see how Utah calls their plays in the second half.

Special Teams: Kicker Matt Wogan drilled his only field goal attempt as well as tacking on two extra point tries. Track star De’Anthony Thomas a.k.a. The Black Momba returned his only kickoff attempt 32 yards.

Coaching: Oregon got away with a two-point conversion try after a penalty gave the Ducks a second chance to kick an extra point. Oregon found a groove in their passing game and continue to attack the Utah secondary, which is extremely smart given how powerful Utah’s defensive line is.

 

 

 

 

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