FishDuck Minute #12: Oregon’s Deadly TD Pass Play

If there has been one play that has provided better results and more unforgettable moments in the past few years it has been the perfectly placed pass to the back of the end zone. Chip Kelly’s go-to plays have always been on the ground, but when he needs some points in crunch time, he pulls out one of these two plays.

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Josh Schlichter
Oregon Football Analyst for
Eugene, Oregon

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Josh Schlichter

Josh Schlichter

Josh is a College Football enthusiast from sunny Southern California. He has written for several self-operated prep sports blogs, as well as multiple SB Nation sites. In High School, Josh played football for four years, and helped create and operate the team's no-huddle system. Most of Josh's football knowledge branches from watching College Football his entire life, and is backed up by his first hand experience in both option and spread offenses. Above all, though, he is a proud student at the University of Oregon. @joshschlichter

  • “Oh, how we love to score touchdowns on our beloved flood play”

    Can’t take credit for that, it was posted on Mike Wines’ blog, but I thought it was funny…

    • Lol, that formula works for everything nowadays doesn’t it?

  • ChileDuck

    Thanks for the video..  I was recently thinking about how effective DT has been over the last two seasons on these types of plays around the endzone and was wondering if our new QBs, being plugged into the same offense, will have the same kind of success or if DT had a special talent for making these plays.  I guess time will tell.

    • FishDuck


      I’ve thought of you often and appreciate the incredible work you do with the roster updates.  Those plays in the back of the end zone are ones I saw Dixon and Masoli do, but a couple of those from Thomas really threaded the needle.  While I believe the new guys will do…just not as amazing right away.

      Great to see you here…

      • ChileDuck

        Oh I lurk everywhere, but especially here :)

        Yes I remember a few of those back endzone throws Masoli made too, which raises  the point that the other component, the receiver, is also going to probably have a new face this year. Colt made some, but gone are DT’s prime targets  Tuinei, Paulson and Maehl.  Masoli had Ed Dickson too.  I guess time will also tell who the new goto receivers will be.  

        •  Tuinei’s great advantage was his height and leaping ability. He caught so many TDs last year because when these flood plays were called he could run along the back line and leap above the defenders to present an open target.

          Tuinei’s height will be missed, but Bennett and Mariota both are bigger guys who can see downfield better than Masoli could.