I don’t know which is more difficult, winning a student ticket to a Ducks game, or winning a Heisman. Either way, I was lucky enough to win a golden ticket to the golden game against the Golden Bears this past weekend. Although the Noah’s Ark-like storm that blew through Autzen may have driven me out a little earlier than I intended, the Ducks weren’t affected at all and showed absolutely no mercy against the sunshine-accustomed Bears.
Anyone who ever said that weather makes no difference in a football game either doesn’t understand physics or simply wasn’t watching the Ducks game Saturday night. The Bears turned the ball over a mind-boggling five times just in the first quarter of action, including four fumbles in their first four possessions.
If Cal thought it was still their night after that, God bless them. By the end of the 1st half, the Ducks were up 41-3. Not even the great Alabama Crimson Tide could have overcome a deficit like that, let alone the 2013 Golden Bears.
The only downside of this game was the fact that The Black Momba turned his ankle and had to leave early in the game. But I believe that out of everything that’s bad in this world, there is always some good – and boy did the Ducks show their goods, in backups Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner.
The duo rushed for more than 200 yards, Marshall putting up 130 of them on 19 carries. Although Marshall did struggle holding onto the ball at the beginning of the game — can we blame him in that weather? – he continued to push through to dominate at Autzen.