For the Ducks, Communication is Key

Oregon Sideline 11, Wyoming, 14, KC

Last night, the Ducks played under the NFL lights in the new Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers. From what I saw, the crowd colors were not all blue and yellow as there was a sea of green and yellow Ducks fans screaming “O” at the game. The Ducks came out on top with a 59-41 victory over the Cal Bears.

Royce Freeman (21) using his block to the outside.

John Guistina

Royce Freeman (21) using his block to the outside.

This score may or may not increase your confidence in the Ducks. First off, the Ducks offense put up 59 points. Wow. However, the defense gave up 41. Did Cal’s offense lead by Sophomore QB Jared Goff play a great game? Or was our defense struggling to find their footing? I would like to hear some thoughts on what you, the loving Ducks fan, thought of the game?

We keep hearing the Ducks are working on their on-field communication on both sides of the ball. Did it show in last night’s game against Cal? What do you think the Ducks need to work on this week in practice in order to prepare for their next game against defensive powerhouse Stanford?

Bralon Addison (11) runs down the sideline after beating one defender.

Craig Strobeck

Bralon Addison (11) runs down the sideline after beating one defender.

See you Saturday Ducks fans.

 Top Photo: Kevin Cline

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Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Ashley Young is current senior at the University of Oregon and grew up an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, despite all the ups and downs of past seasons. She has made her way to the University of Oregon and now loves watching the Ducks dominate in all sports. In her spare time, she has discovered a passion through the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and is a co-captain for the University of Oregon Women's Ultimate team, last year's national champions. Twitter: @AshleyHopeYoung

  • BigBallzChipper

    Here is how I look at it. Firstly, they got help with that PI call on their first scoring drive so I would scratch that since ref’s are not suppose to help your cause. Second, the last TD was in garbage time much like USC’s last TD in 2012 with 2 seconds remaining to make it look close. So 41-14 that gives you 27 points. 27 to 59 yes I would say we did well on defense. I believe our run defense has gotten better, but our secondary has taken a step back mostly on short/mid passes and tackling after the catch in space. Thats my paracents.

    -Chipper

  • rcs410

    Use Twitter to solve your answer. Fans – albeit at times irrational – mostly see what’s going on if they are very invested. Search “Pellum.”

    There was a ton of miscommunication (particularly in the linebacking corps) which led to Cal returning back on hook routes to make catches. Whereas Dykes was smart in going after Dargan (who looked a bit banged up throughout the game) it was abundantly clear that Dykes exploited Oregon’s lack of communication on defense, particularly in open space.