A Routine Oregon Win? Words Don’t Describe …

Rose Bowl Post-Game FP

I agreed to do a post-game short analysis for the Managing Editor of FishDuck.com, Paul Jones, but my reaction was the same as fellow analyst Rory Davidson and Hawaii Coach Tony Hoolulu. As we watched the game, we did not observe anything unusual about the Oregon offense or defense in the Rose Bowl– the Ducks just played the same tactics with superb results. Rory and I told you to look for a number of things in our pre-game checklist – but they did not appear for the most part. It was the most remarkable unremarkable victory by Oregon that I can remember. It was routine … and yet it was stunning.

This "Next-Man Up" was a monster. (Evan Baylis)

Craig Strobeck

This “Next-Man Up” was a monster. (Evan Baylis)

It was evident that Oregon wanted to attack the perimeter with bubble passes and sweeps, and they were successful as the game wore on. It seemed their intent was to open up the middle of the Seminole defense that Rory referred to in the above linked article. From there we saw Evan Baylis have a career game receiving through the heart of that defense and then the infamous New Inside Zone Read play for Oregon began to make its impact. So many times in the past we have observed Oregon pounding the middle with little success, and it seemed to be that way at first in Oregon’s attack on the edges in this National Championship Semifinal Rose Bowl. Truly, it opened up the pump-and-go and so much more for the Oregon offense that we will cover in our usual Tuesday analysis.

Truly a thousand words here....

Craig Strobeck

Truly a thousand words here …

Were you surprised by the Oregon defense as I was at times? We shouldn’t have been, since this is how the Duck defense has played for the last six games of the season; they gave up yards but were stingy on the points. Oregon finished second in the Pac-12 for points given up (only to Stanford), but were WAY down the standings for yards given up … but who cares? As Pac-12 Analyst Rick Neuheisel once said, “Scoreboard baby!” This defense kept making huge plays by creating turnovers and errors by Florida State, and I could not be happier for Erick Dargan and Tony Washington as seniors who have given so much to the program in their career. It was jaw-dropping to see the Oregon defense give up only two field goals in the first three times FSU entered the Red Zone. It came from their heart, and it came from some tremendous technique that the team of analysts at FishDuck.com are going to have fun examining closely after the season’s end.

How happy were you for Thomas Tyner? His re-emergence could not have come at a better time as it seemed that Royce Freeman hit the freshman wall, and that some of his wiggle was burned out. Meanwhile the fresh legs of Tyner exploded and his reading of the holes in his Inside Zone Read touchdown was a textbook example for coaches teaching young RBs how to do it correctly. He appeared to be extremely close to popping some longer ones, and perhaps in the National Championship we’ll see his “spin-move” we enjoyed seeing against Stanford?

At times over the years, I have been harshly critical of ESPN in their coverage and characterization of Oregon, but today it felt like an Oregon lovefest at times in their lavish praise and recognition of what the Ducks are doing and how, yes, we block and tackle as physical as anyone else. At this point I am doing a written equivalent of babbling, because I am still so stunned at what I saw.

I invite your comments … especially from the fellow “Greybeards” who has been through as much Oregon football as I have. For now, please watch the short video (less than a minute) I made after the last Rose Bowl victory, since it feels precisely the same to me at this moment.

See if it doesn’t reflect your feelings as well …

(More videos in the Video Section by going up to the top of the site)

Top Photo by Craig Strobeck

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  • hokieduck

    Awesome babble, Charles. Your genuine excitement jumps off the screen.

    As someone who went from (before) the Toilet Bowl years to the First National Football Playoff Championship Game (wow…what a mouthful and can you freaking believe it????), I too, am dancing on air.

    What a fantastic game for Thomas Tyner! I had a feeling he would show up in this game, but never that he would be needed so very much. The Ducks have battering rams for backs. Really, really, really fast battering rams.

    FSU, fans and team, were so overconfident to arrogant and I feel a true sense of joy at having not just beaten them, but having annihilated them. Embarrassed them. Pulled their pants down and spanked them on national television. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch.

    As I am writing this, I do not know which team will play the Ducks Jan 12, but neither is looking real invincible. I hope Bama pulls it out, although I also love a great underdog story. But I want Alabama. Plain and simple. They may beat the Ducks, they are a fantastic team, but I want them just like I wanted FSU to be in our bracket first. I want to go through those two teams to lift the trophy, if we can and I really think we can.

    Wow. Just wow.

  • dunkonyerhed

    I’m pretty much just the wacko, pumping my fists and sceaming til I lose my voice. I’m Oregon too – just a little nuts.

  • J. Dean

    Good win, Ducks! You did a good job putting FSU in their place. Hope you guys do the same against the Buckeyes!

  • Dfb

    I remember watching Bill Drake taunting the Huskies as he entered the end zone in 1971 from our seats in the west end zone (at least I think it was 71, it’s been a long time) so I suppose I qualify as a “graybeard”. As Marcus has put it….this is surreal. I remember walking in to the Rosebowl on New Years 1995 and feeling a little like a fraud because it seemed the Ducks just didn’t belong to that group.
    The thing I like so much now is that these kids seem to be such good kids, I really enjoy rooting for them. Been a Duck over 50 years….but this is the best…