Oregon dominates but must clean up the little things

Mark Helfrich could not have asked for a better performance from his offensive during his head coaching debut.

Kevin Cline

It was said that Virginia Cavaliers’ Defensive Coordinator, Jon Tenuta, had been preparing for this game since last winter.  Obviously he needed more time.  Mark Helfrich and the Ducks steamrolled Tenuta’s defense, in a rout from the get-go.

For the most part, the Ducks made it look easy, racking up big numbers on offense as they limited Virginia to a mere ten points.  The Ducks rolled up a total of  557 yards on offense, including 350 yards on the ground.  Their attack was balanced by 207 yards through the air, leading to a final score of 59-10.  Oregon’s ground game also saw the emergence of vaunted freshman, Thomas Tyner, who scored touchdowns on his first and fourth carries from scrimmage, and had a total of 51 yards rushing.

A closer look at Oregon’s play, however, shows that they struggled with efficiency during important downs and made mistakes on both sides of the ball.  Oregon’s 3rd- and 4th-down conversion rates were lackluster, going 3-for-10 and 0-for-2, respectively.  To be a BCS Championship caliber team requires converting these pivotal downs at a higher rate.  The Ducks also committed 11 penalties for 119 yards.  In a more competitive game, this could be the difference between a win and a loss.

The Ducks played their first BCS team, in a hostile environment — and dominated every aspect of the game.  They did, however, struggle with the details, which could prove costly against a stronger opponent. The Ducks play host to the Tennessee Volunteers in Eugene this coming Saturday.  Can Coach Helfrich and staff make the necessary adjustments this upcoming week to fix these kinks? My guess is ‘yes’!

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock