Ohio State Game Day: The FishDuck Game Plan for Beating the Buckeyes

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Look, I know winning in Columbus is not a high probability, and my head spoke yesterday with my predicted score. But the FishDuck heart bleeds green and feels there is always a way … and in fact my suggested game plan lines up with our personnel! Indulge me, humor me and let’s discuss before, during and after the game!

The most popular game plan suggested for the Ducks by observers on both sides of the stadium involves the Minnesota game plan of running the ball on Ohio State, burning up clock and shortening the game. Stay close through the game by limiting big plays and you have your shot at the end to win.

Baloney. That game-plan is a guaranteed loser

After watching the Minnesota-Ohio State game last week–most would think that the successful running game of the Golden Gophers is like waving red meat in front of Mario. I say that strategy is Fool’s Gold for Coach Mario Cristobal. Oregon does not have multiple six-year seniors on the offensive line as the Golden Gophers do, and the Ducks do not have a running back with the acceleration and elusiveness of Mo Ibrahim of Minnesota. Not even close.

Sure, seeing Minnesota have possession time of nearly 39 minutes sounds attractive, but the darn Buckeyes scored 45 points in just 21 minutes of having the ball. They scored quickly and matched their three-year average of scoring 45 points a game again.  Spoiler alert; you gotta score over 40 points to beat the Buckeyes, and a Duck dosage of Pistol Plunges will not achieve that.

Eugene Johnson

In the big games? I’m going with veterans like Jaylon Redd who has performed big when it’s counted.

Meanwhile the match-ups in the passing game favor Our Beloved Ducks, as Ohio State will have difficulties at linebacker covering our running backs in passing routes as both CJ Verdell and Travis Dye are superb receivers, who have a better chance of making a LB miss in the open field than between the tackles. Where does Oregon have fifth and sixth-year seniors playing? At quarterback and wide receiver; Oregon cannot ask for more game experience than they have in Anthony Brown, Jaylon Redd and Johnny Johnson III.

Yes, I know Brown was shaky in the opener, but considering some apprehension about going from BC to Oregon, adding to that his surviving two devastating injuries, and not starting in over two years? A few nerves would be quite natural, and tensing up on third down is a given. Add to the expectations of blowing out the Bulldogs, and it leads to underperformance.

Yet everyone knows that “Oregon doesn’t have a chance this week,” and thus Brown can go in loose and just go-for-it. Ditto for the wide-outs as they have nothing to lose, thus with the pressure off they could just explode for the 40+ points needed! Ohio State has a young secondary and I could not believe how Minnesota did not attack the true freshman corner of the Buckeyes. Unbelievable!

Our senior receivers could chew him up.

Tom Corno

Travis Dye scores on the Mesh Wheel, a play that will be open this game too!

So, Your Game-Plan is to Pass-Pass-Pass?

Yep. It will work because the match-ups are there for us, and the passing will open up the running game late in the game when we want to chew up clock. We need to spread the formation out and truly attack sideline-to-sideline with Tunnel Screens, Jet Sweeps and Triple-Option plays. Pull out a trick play, and let Coach Joe Moorhead unveil his Penn State offense that largely has not been witnessed by Oregon fans as yet. That offense with our skill players can score over 40 in the ‘Shoe.

(As any Duck fan knows, Oregon is highly entertaining to watch, but the wait for the next game can be interminable. I’ve found it a little easier to blow off some steam when I visit Fanduel, and learn a little more about other teams as well.)

Oregon’s Secret Weapon: the DeRuyter Defense?

Regardless of which sideline Defensive Coordinator Tim DeRuyter was on whether 2012 or 2021 between Oregon and Fresno State–what was consistent is a DeRuyter defense creating turnovers. Consider taking a page from ol’ Nick Aliotti, and bend-but-don’t-break: do not allow any big plays and make Ohio State earn every first down slowly. Drives bog down, especially when a DeRuyter run-blitz messes things up at an inopportune time for the Buckeyes.

Pac-12 Video

We cannot have any confusion on defense in Columbus!

I do not think we will see the same two massive mistakes by Minnesota as they lined up wrong before the Buckeyes first touchdown down the sideline. The safety was too far inside and took a bad angle and a 10 yard gain turned into an easy score due to a boneheaded error. Ditto that in the second half when the Golden Gophers were not correctly lined up, blew their pass coverage and gave up a very long play that set up an easy touchdown.

Those two touchdowns given up on mistakes by the Golden Gophers were the winning difference for Ohio State in a 45-31 win. I don’t see that happening with a DeRuyter defense, do you? Ohio State is going to have to work hard for their points, as the Ducks are going to be fired up.

Final thought? At times the Ducks will need to have maximum pass protection packages to blunt the Buckeye defensive line that I respect quite highly. And let’s drink it all in as…

“Oh, how we love to ponder about Our Beloved Ducks!”

Charles Fischer   (Mr. FishDuck)
Eugene, Oregon
Top Photo by Scott Kelley

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And Moorhead ran the offense, and we have a new CEO, priceless!

CJ

No doubt at all. Moorhead was in complete control…..the camera did not lie. Several times it showed Moorhead in full control and Cristobal standing aside and cheerleading.

Cristobal was always the first guy out when someone went down with an injury. Classic reason why the players love him. Dude really cares personally about these kids.

Moorhead, Cristobal, Deruyter and the rest of the Ducks coaching staffed performed a symphony today folks.

If they can bring this every week then we will roll this season.

NJDuck

Yes indeed!!

CJ

Yes…..we will eat some crow Charles, and we will enjoy it.

But you’re right, it’s a bad look to jeer and taunt and rub it in.

Last weeks game was not good. AB admitted it several times.

This weeks game was great and we are all admitting it.

Nothing I dislike more than the…..”I told you so” jeering attitude. I have been teaching my kids for 10 years now that that is the worst kind of thing you can do.

NJDuck

Thanks Charles for all you contribute for us at this site! can’t wait for the pictures and breakdown. Love it! Way to go TEAM! Way to go MC, JM and TD! Very stoked and proud how this team rose to the occasion. GO DUCKS!!

NW777

I know NOTHING about football. So glad!!

“NEVER apologize when you are wrong”; in part why I AM thrice divorced living in a VAN down by the RIVER. .

“ Improved to 13-0 when rushing for at least 200 yards ” was a very salient highlight. .

The JUICE was flowing green and yellow From start to finish. Great effort. Measuring stick.

the injuries stacked up. Guys stepped up. DJ sack.

tosu defense has some issues against both run and pass and might not be the best defense the Ducks see this year. The Ducks have plenty of areas to improve.

Getting beat for an easy TD with three players looking at wrist cards cannot happen.

Several easy pass drops killed momentum.

Timeouts were once again reactionary and not strategic.

While punt and punt coverage was good, and Cam hit several nice touchbacks, the special teams needs some improvement.

The secondary played their hearts out but let’s be honest the Ducks didn’t make CJ make tough throws. The caveat is that tosu has pretty good WRs.

It’s an impressive win but I came away feeling like a lot of meat was left on the bone. Ducks could have sealed it earlier and scored 45+

Yes this was the 3rd ranked team but were they really? I hope so. Cause that was pretty fun game to watch and the Ducks still control their destiny.

ducker1

Ive never been happier to be wrong

Krsmqn

Being wrong has never felt so right! This is gonna be a good week. 😁🦆

Hey Charles, great day to be a Duck, eh?

One thing I was wondering, and don’t have access to replay, is how many times did they line up in the pistol?

I seem to remember seeing some nice gains out of the shotgun.

I saw a couple runs get stuffed, but I thought they were out of the shotgun, not pistol plunges.

silverflurry

Oregon won. Washington lost. USC lost. Good day all in all.

oregon111

and Texas lost to a bottom feeder in the SEC – boy are they going to regret going to that conference

Bob Rodes

Personally, I would never regret taking on better competition. Even if I lost all the time, it could only improve my game.

CastawayDuck

Alot of people and “experts” were wrong across the board. All we had was the evidence in front of us and history of this offense.

Mario played it close for this reason. Vanilla for Fresno which almost cost them the game and 20 min o during warmups for media during practice. No one knew what they were planning and for good reason. Anyone who claims otheewise is jus spitballing and a good guesser. Im happy he finally allowed his OC to open things up and during the game you can see Moorehead doing jus that w MC standing by knodding his head. So Go Ducks!! And still Alot of football left play, its only the begining and the expextations are now even higher.

oregon111

I feel for Kayvon and Flowe. They are superstar talents and could have gotten playing time anywhere, even at Alabama.

They came to Oregon to play in big games like this. I hope they heal up soon and get back out there and lead the team to the playoffs.

Haywarduck

My dream scenario was we played them tough, lost, and then built through the season. We then beat them the second time in the playoffs.

Now the question is can we continue to build and get better. I suppose the big question is can Cristobal keep winning when he should and keep them hungry?

I should just enjoy the moment and see what happens, but there are many questions going forward. Huge win for Cristobal and his team, well done!

CJ

Yes, the uni’s were some of the best I have seen yet. The green wings on the white helmets were very nice.

Bob Rodes

They’re some of the best-looking away unis I’ve seen anywhere. ND’s always manage to look stodgy.

NJDuck

I like what Canzano said in his article about what MC said to him…”Early in Cristobal’s tenure he messaged me in ALL CAPS, “I PROMISE YOU THAT WE WILL REBUILD THIS THE RIGHT WAY.”

He then added: “AND BUILD IT TO LAST.

Again, way to go MC, coaching staff and Team!

SeattleDuck

Hoooley moooley, I’ve been on vacation for a couple weeks so I’ve been keeping away from the computer. I expected improvement from game 1 to game 2 but I did NOT expect this. WOW! Before I saw the news about KT and Flowe being out, I gave a 25% chance of a win, after I dropped that to 10%. I’m so impressed with the defense stepping up against tOSU on the road with 5 starters out, that’s beyond astonishing. After this win, it feels like anything is possible for the season.

David Marsh

The team won’t admit it… But they were all looking ahead to this week. They delt with Fresno but it wasn’t pretty.

But they beat Ohio State in a way that left little doubt who this Oregon team is.

SeattleDuck

Yes it’s apparent that was absolutely the case, plus some elements of first game jitters/rust that happens with most teams.

SeattleDuck

Thanks! I’m glad to be welcomes back to such a pleasant surprise!

oregon111

Great win and a complete turn-a-round from last week.

the good:

O line and D line did not get blown out by a playoff team. They held their own.
Noah had the game of his life.
TEs got some clutch balls.
A. Brown was cool as a cucumber and made great decisions all game long.
McKinly played like an all-American.
O line played really well and stifled the pass rush for the buckeyes.
Kickoff and punt coverage was good for the Ducks.
The pass rush materialized for Oregon at the end of the game.

The not so good:

Too many dropped balls.
A. Brown cannot be accurate enough on the deep fly routes.
Wright let everyone catch balls in front of him. And far too many other receivers open all game long for OSU.

And the ‘MUST HAVE IMPROVEMENT’:

No pressure from edge rushers all game long for the Ducks.

Still far too many dives up the middle for 3 yards or less. It is like an incomplete pass on 1st down. Then it is hard to make first downs.

Adrian Jackson NEEDS to play more.

Better recruit some more edge rushers and inside linebackers!

Tandaian

Love the win, but I’m still not sold on AB. Still not happy with a lot of his decisions. He showed me he won’t necessarily lose a game, but can we count on him to win one?

It looked like Moorehead had the reigns on O. That is hopefully a trend that continues. Our secondary was shredded, but they made enough stops for the win. It probably helps tOSU has 2 first round WRs.

Happy, but not satisfied. Still a lot of season to play. Need to keep the team focused on getting better every game.

LET’S GO DUCKS!

DuckUp

What he just did was amazing. No turnovers, no picks. He played 1 hell of a game

SeattleDuck

He’s a game manager, not one that will blow out the stats with gaudy numbers. Lead the offense to 35 points and a win on the road against the #3 ranked team in the nation in only his 2nd game as starter? That’s more than good enough for me.

oregon111

Its better than starting a guy who never played college football before.

SeattleDuck

Exactly. AB impressed me during the 2nd half when the momentum seemed to be on tOSU’s side and 100k fans were bellowing down on him. He never got nervous or rattled. Making correct decisions and staying mistake-free is just as important as throwing for 100 yards.

If the offense can score 35 on tOSU in their house, I’m cautiously optimistic they can average 40+ against the rest of the Pac12 this season.

jrw

To wallow in the feel-good aftermath, watch this video of the Ducks post-game celebration:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0MRiihpHhM

And, someone put a rubber ducky in the middle of the “O”

https://twitter.com/i/status/1436791177173426178

Steven A

Keep an eye on transfer portal for JTT!

PittDuck

What a GAME! I think Canzano said what I pretty much thought and said it well: https://www.oregonlive.com/sports/john_canzano/2021/09/canzano-oregon-ducks-knock-off-ohio-state-and-anything-now-feels-possible.html

I do worry about our linebacking corps, we are running out of depth there. It looked like KB might have pulled something.

David Marsh

Should get kt back in a week or two. He wasn’t in a boot by the look of it. He might play a few snaps next week but he shouldn’t be needed.

Then hopefully flowe will be back in a similar time frame.

Stoneybrook next week will be great for the team to get some rest as long as they take care of business.

ducker1

My apologies to the Duck coaching staff.

they did good today.

Haywarduck

Reflecting on just how good the defense is going to be once Thibs and Flowe are rolling again!

Also hope McCormick is coming back, the young man deserves to have a healthy season. I will also say that was an amazing catch, and run after, one of the best ever!

A truly astounding game when you look at how good our defense was, and how our team responded, each time.

DuckIt

Considering no KT or Flowe, they played well. They did just enough to secure the win. McKinley stood out, not just because he had the Ducks only interception.

Haywarduck

Was that Keith Brown who came up lame, didn’t see him go off the field, but didn’t see him again?

Some of the poorest announcing I have heard in a while. The announcers seemed clueless about the Oregon team. It is time to pay attention to the Oregon Ducks again!

CJ

I had to mute it by the middle of the 3rd quarter. Fricking homers………what a joke the one dude is. One of the guys wasn’t bad but Ohio State homer guy should not be allowed to call their games again.

Now I am listening to homers in the Colorado vs. A&M game too. Unbelievable. Basically everybody east of the Rocky Mountains hates the Pac12 it seems.

C’mon Buffaloes stick it to A&M.

oregon111

Everybody east of the Rockies thinks the pac12 is the equivalent to the Mtn West conference. That won’t change until pac12 teams win games in the playoffs.

DuckIt

With a healthy KT and Flowe, would this game have even been this close? Both of them are game changers that would have had Stroud throwing off his heels or eating the turf more.

DanLduck

A win is a win, is a win.
But sometimes, a win is A WIN!!

What a gutsy team performance. The defense really showed up, and that O-line looked way different than last week.

Great game planning by our coaches.

My joy in victory is only marred by my concern for #84, Cam McCormick. Hope and prayers he can return to the game.

Talk about Win the Day!
(How bout beat the “Day”)

CJ

Yeah, but if Cam has to go out. He went out a BIG winner in a BIG game. He is a local hero and legend around here in Bend no matter what happens from here on out.

But yeah, hopefully it was just a mild injury.

Just another old guy

I really hope he’s okay. He’s worked so hard to come back, thoughts and prayers his way for a speedy recovery and for all the other guys that got hurt and couldn’t play. It’s a tough sport and they all love playing so much… pretty much why I prefer the college game over the pro game.

Just another old guy

Just, WOW!  I would call that an historic win for the Ducks.

After watching the Boise State game, the night before, they reminded me of the old Ducks with their quick strike offense and bend (but don’t break) defense with multiple turnovers/takeaways.   And then theOSU vs Oregon game with an in the trench’s smashup… looks like the Cristobal era has arrived.  My gut feeling is that Cristobal let the coach’s coach.

The defense did an amazing job and showed their depth and flexibility.  The offense mixed it up pretty good (still don’t like the Pistol) and Anthony Brown seemed more settled than in the Fresno game.  The one thing that bothered me was seeing Cam McCormick get hurt after an awesome/essential catch for a first down.  As a Bend guy I really root for this kid after everything he’s been through, he’s tough as nails.

Okay maybe one other thing, we didn’t score 40+, but were in a position to do so and could’ve (maybe should’ve).  But I have absolutely no complaints, that was one of the Duck’s greatest wins, ever.

Kudos to the coaching staff (as I had previously chastised them).  Coach DeRuyter and coach Moorhead called great games and utilized their athletes well, thank you coach Cristobal for letting them do so.

Something that interests me after this big win is this is Cristobal’s 3rd year as head coach and it is also Chip’s 3rd year as head coach at UCLA if I have that right.  Both coaches now have their recruits entrenched in their systems.  Cristobal has out recruited every coach in the PAC12…  The season is just getting started my friends and I’m excited!

DrHilarius

3 4th down stops against tosu! no one predicted that.

DanLduck

I believe this is 4th year for both coaches.

Jon Sousa

Only if you count last year.

David Marsh

They get a free year like players did last year!

Just another old guy

That makes sense, last year being what it was. Thanks for that insight.

Just another old guy

Thanks for that clarification… that means they’ve got all their guys from their recruiting cycles. Not to look too far in the future but would be fun to see UCLA vs Oregon for the PAC12 championship this year.

duck.cz

This is a historic win. A defining game of the Cristobal era. This is going to pay dividends in the future of recruiting.

It feels cathartic. Like we’ve got a monkey off our backs.

30Duck

Absolutely, a historic win for the Program and the Brand, and great that it happened early, highlights all day!

Haywarduck

Ryan Day had all his top recruits at the game, Thanks Ryan!

Come play for the team that knows shoes, doesn’t just play in one!

DrHilarius

i was wondering about this

Jon Sousa

“Come play for the team that knows shoes, doesn’t just play in one!”

I like it!

DanLduck

At least one key target of the Ducks was at this game visiting tOSU.

Haywarduck

Maybe more now, transfer portal JTT? Devon Williams made the same mistake to sc, just saying.

Haywarduck

Also grateful we have Stoneybrook next week as a let down game is coming.

And the second game in 2019 we rose up and put 77 on Nevada. That is why I picked the Ducks, and the Ducks should only get better this season

Jon Sousa

I hope we see all three back up QBs play next week… 1 quarter each!

30Duck

So, maybe the 9 AM games for the Ducks isn’t such a bad idea.

CJ

I actually really enjoyed it myself. I prefer watching in the morning and then doing chores the rest of day very happily.

Pocketchange

I’m happily eating crow… I am looking forward to the write up!

DrHilarius

love to win with discipline

David Marsh

Huge x-factor there. Oregon didn’t make as many costly penalties as OSU did and they played better in a couple keys.

Oregon had 2 sacks to OSU’s 0

Oregon also had the only turnover of the game.

DrHilarius

if you count 4th downs as turnovers, dux won 4-0. they also had half the penalty yards. tosu didn’t have a chance.

David Marsh

It was still pretty close… But that’s a huge difference between the two and is why Oregon won.

ducker1

In case you didn’t know DUCKS win!!!!

Annie

TJ Johnson stepping in as defensive end! <3

Haywarduck

DJ is a baller, love the guy. He just plays football and gets done whatever is thrown his way. My favorite player on the roster right now.

CJ

Yep, a selfless guy. What a story.

DCDuckfan

That was a great display of coaching all around. A great game plan on offense that made the Ohio State defense take chances and defend the whole field. The defense played very good as well because they were going to have their hands full even with everyone available because OSU’s offense is nasty. They gave up a lot of yards but didn’t give up a ton of points and then they got stops when the game was on the line. I’ll be cooking up a nice batch of crow for dinner tonight regarding MC’s coaching style….well done coaches and players!

DanLduck

You know, what was so amazing to me was how we played at the same controlled tempo for the entire game. Was executed to perfection except for those last two 3 and outs.

David Marsh

If Colorado takes down TAMU then the narrative of the pac-12 does a complete 180.

It also sends a message to the sec of… ” That the sec comes out west to lose”

The Ducks have changed the narrative of the PAC by themselves today. Colorado winning would be gravey.

Go PAC

Washington is probably going to lose badly. . So let’s just laugh at them.

30Duck

Interesting over in Dawgville. A lot of them of course don’t think Ohio State is any good, certainly not as good as Montana! And of course, Oregon is all about Uncle Phil. But, sprinkled in are some comments that actually reveal some cognitive ability in Husky fans.

Jon Sousa

There is a reason that the SEC doesn’t want to leave their footprint…

Haywarduck

DJ Johnson unsung player of the game. Great blocking all game, another amazing clutch catch and then ‘The Sack’ to finish the game after little pass rush, pressure by our defense.

AB is our qb, no question, what a leader!

Well done Moorhead, great job DeRuyter and nice management, CEO work Cristobal.

Most importantly amazing teamwork. Down too many players, starting players and the Ducks roll, just WOW!

Jon Sousa

“Well done Moorhead, great job DeRuyter and nice management, CEO work Cristobal.”

It was also good to see Coach Thibodeaux doing it on the sideline.

jrw

The players, without exception, were focused, disciplined, hungry, and relentless. Best team showing I’ve seen in a long, long time.

EzDucksit

W O W ! Hats off to Coach Cristobal and Coaches Moorehead and DeRuyter. Fine play calling and the Defense did not give up, made the stops when they needed too. The players played with TONS of Character, Congrats and way to get the Buckeyes off Oregons back and in THEIR HOUSE! Sweet all around.

30Duck

Wow!!! Talk about an early Christmas! Think back a long time, can you come up with a bigger regular season win for the Ducks!

Drake

“The Pick” was bigger.

30Duck

I can see that and how it worked out certainly. But this was at #3 Ohio State, without our best player…so I’m saying this one was pretty darn BIG
The Ducks now have a legitimate claim to be in the Top 4.

Drake

The Ducks and Cristobal deserve a win like this…Beating tOSU, the #3 ranked team, is huge at their house. We are slowly climbing the ladder back to title contention.

30Duck

Agree completely, and of course it’s early. But is there any logical reason that the Buckeyes would be above the Ducks in any poll next week?

smith72

Congratulations Ducks! Offense scores – just what you said they needed Mr. FisDuck! Good game Coach Moorhead!

Defense without KT and JF played a great game also! Needing a turnover thank you McKinley!

Go Ducks!

jrw

Loved that 3rd down throw to DJ Johnson for the first down. Nerves of steel and perfect execution.

duck.cz

You guys hungry? How bout some crow for lunch?

CJ

Yep…….I’ll take seconds!

DanLduck

Yeah, I’ll take 2 servings! 🤣

Drake

Drop the microphone and take a bow offense. Very nice win for this team…Go Ducks

CJ

D too, without the best players…..holding the suckeyes to 28.

Verone Mckinley went into absolute beast mode in this game. Probably just sealed his NFL future in this one.

How about DJ Johnson catching the big play pass and then coming in for the final sack on D?

Krsmqn

I wasn’t worried…… 🙃

DuckIt

Yea, I wasn’t expecting to win, so no disappointment either way.

ducker1

I underestimated my Ducks I am sorry

Jeremiah Geiger

LETS GOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

GODUCKS15

I’m officially on the MC bandwagon. Super sweet win without some of our best players.

CJ

Yeah, feeling a bit like a douche after some of my rants during this past week. Smoke has cleared at my house and it’s a great day!

My gut says Fresno State is a lot tougher than we thought.

One of the biggest Duck wins in program history here today folks.

Savor the victory…….along with your heapings of CROW.

ducker1

IM Freakin out GO DUCKS!!!!!!!

ducker1

Well For dinner its crow with cat dung for some spice

jrw

Yeah, I’m having the same meal, with more crow for dessert.

What a game.

CJ

Dude!!! DJ Joooooohhhhhnnnnnsssssssoooooonnnnnnnnn. Going both ways……..the man at the end…clutch!

EzDucksit

Was nice to give it to JTT, he had that nice tip at the line. Maybe it will make the fence sitters ponder a Duck for a change. Hope we get us some DL who like to bring it and DJ Johnson, go both ways you have the talent.

jrw

Now the pundits will say OSU was overrated, not that the Ducks were great.

EzDucksit

Nah, next year CJ will be lights out, still young but needs that game experience. Just like some of our young ducks, MC, JM ? ? ?

Duck1984

Duck me.

DuckIt

Game!

DuckIt

Stroud was down, record it as a sack.

ducker1

still a good throw, but not good enough

DuckIt

Cramp

DuckIt

Not done yet! Need a stop!

DuckIt

challenge the spot!

DuckIt

McKinley played a helluva of a game!

DuckUp

LETS FKN GOOOOOOOOO!!!!

jrw

BABY!

DuckIt

That’s what pressure does to a QB.

DuckIt

Intercepted!!!

DuckIt

Swinson!

DuckIt

Another drop, lack of concentration

DuckIt

Time for the 5th year poise to win us this game.

CJ

Need a score!!!!

Another dropped pass. Good defense but he should of caught that on 3rd down.

DuckIt

Not Sewell too!

CJ

Make up call??

They are going to throw the game right now on this so called targeting…..just watch.

jrw

Yup

DuckIt

Come on Ducks! Get a stop.

DuckIt

Ducks offense struggling to move the ball the last two drives. Way too much time left in the game.

jrw

So, OSU is going to get a TD in about 2-3 minutes, which gives us time to score after that. Simple!

CJ

Bad pass there, but good coverage by OSU.

Game is on the D’s back now. Can they get a stop?

DuckIt

Have the Ducks thrown a bubble screen yet? Good time for one.

Duck1984

Brown seems nervous, and rushed that last throw. It was catchable, but not pretty.

DuckIt

Ducks receivers not doing Brown any favors dropping these passes.

CJ

I have seen at least 3 maybe 4 drops.

CJ

Uh oh folks. Now is when the home field advantage really comes into play.

Duck1984

Safety blitz started too late and deep.

DuckIt

Offense needs to bring it home.

Santa Rosa Duck

Not looking for a moral victory here.

CJ

We already have the moral victory. Now we need to score more points and shut these suckeye jerks up.

DuckIt

First time this quarter, Stroud was pressured by the blitz to throw out of bounds.

jrw

Okay coaches, you’re were right about AB at QB.

CJ

Yep…..I’ll eat the crow…..and enjoy it.

DuckIt

Ohio D being exposed!

CJ

Moorhead pulling out the serious offensive scheming chops today.

Man does this crow taste good so far. I’ll eat it all day every day.

The D needs to step up now. We need a pick. Stroud is ready to deliver a pick on this drive here.

CJ

Wow…Verdell just saved JJIII a$$

DuckIt

If #2 threw a block for Webb, that might have been another TD.

DuckIt

No pressure on Stroud. He’s picking our Ducks apart. Stroud looked scared running the ball earlier, and Ducks didn’t capitalize on that fear, making him nervous in the pocket.

jrw

Now, we need Moorhead to stay aggressive. No prevent offense. Can’t rely on the defense.

CJ

Definitely can’t do that. It’s basically a tie game in my mind.

Duck D is gassed. Stroud (a freshman) has thrown for 367 yards with 12 minutes left in the game.

PittDuck

The secondary needs to step it up. We need a pick 6 or a sack or both!

jrw

I don’t see a sack happening, but some pressure, at least, would be very helpful. With OSU’s receivers, if given enough time, they’ll get open.

DuckIt

Now, put this game out of reach.

jrw

If no PI calls are good for the goose, they’re good for the gander.

DuckIt

James playing the ball all the way.

CJ

What a joke that was by Olave. Looked like a NBA shooting move, jumping into the defender.

DuckIt

Hell yea!

DuckIt

Nice play by Bridges to break that pass up!

DuckIt

No KT and Flowe evident this second half.

CJ

I will happily admit I was wrong about last weeks game.

Moorhead was playing coy it turns out.

Win or lose this game here……I am very pleased I was wrong.

jrw

Totally in the same boat with you.

jrw

Moorhead has a masterful plan for playing against this defense.

PittDuck

Heck of a block be JJ3!

DuckIt

Good blocking up front, sealing that edge. Ducks owning Ohio in the trenches.

CJ

CRACK!!!!

The Edge…….DYE to pay dirt.

DuckIt

The receivers’ body language and extra shoving at the end of the plays by the Ducks, indicates that the Buckeyes are guilty of PIs or dirty plays on every throw.

jrw

Hey Joe, stay aggressive!

DuckIt

Ducks need to score again to keep the pressure on the Buckeyes.

VandownbytheriverDuck

Two possibly three more times without Ducks getting a turnover on D.

jrw

The lack of pressure on Stroud is starting to hurt.

CJ

Agreed. Also need a DBack to jump one of those routes. Stroud has laid a lot of balls out into open field. Gotta take a chance on one and jump the route.

DuckIt

Ducks need more pressure on Stroud. He is getting too comfortable back there.

CJ

Nope…….that did’t do it. Needed the D to run more time than that.

Hopefully the O can keep scoring or Ohio State is going to turn this one by the end.

David Marsh

Defense needs to stiffen up here

PittDuck

Kieth Brown just pulled a hammy

DuckIt

Wright is giving too much cushion.

Duck1984

Hard to tackle CJ on a full steam ahead.

CJ

C’mon D!

Bend but don’t break. Don’t have to have a stop but have to run the clock. No explosive plays like the one Verdell just ran down the Suckeyes throats.

YEEEAAAAHHHH!

Turnover would be huge now.

GODUCKS15

Kudos to who said whatever to the O line.

jrw

May I revise my score prediction, please?

ducker1

me too I was very wrong

ducker1

Damn!!! woot

GODUCKS15

OMG

Alex Heining

CCCCCCCCCCCCJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ!

David Marsh

Big big big BIG play!

ducker1

holy moly

PittDuck

And That’s how ya do it!

DuckIt

gone!

jrw

That team from last week? They have transformed themselves into something different this week. Day and night difference.

oregon111

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS SAYS…

Moorhead needs to call pass plays that Brown is capable of throwing (not the deep sideline route)

ducker1

yea but we are leading tOSU at the shoe–Im not saying nuthin

Haywarduck

The players on the field should make us all proud. Now if DeRuyter can get the calls in on time we should keep them contained. Who would of thought the td was going to be on our DC?

From Sewell to McCormick they are playing lights out. Sewell’s fourth down tackle was epic, and McCormicks catch clutch.

The main concern is the special teams. The punts, kickoffs and coverage are suspect. We can’t keep giving up yardage on special teams and win this game.

AB is very impressive, what a leader today.

Very surprised about Flowe not being in the game. I never heard anything before the game, just the Thibs watch.

CJ

Ducks have thrown it 19 times at the half. Charles’ game plan is essentially being implemented.

We get the ball off the kick off and we need to continue to be aggressive. The third quarter has been a very conservative affair under Mario. We need that change starting right now.

Ohio State is going to come out with a lot of adjustments and trying to play with their hair on fire. If we can get a stop on their first possession it will be huge for our chances.

Gotta keep playing to win…..never play to hold a lead and not lose.

oregon111

Deep passes straight down the sideline are guaranteed incompletes. Brown isn’t perfect enough to make those throws, and even if he was, the cornerbacks have those covered so well that catches can’t be made.

Crap call in the holding call late in the first half. Ducks need to keep attacking the edges. And throw some more balls inside of the sidelines.

The whole team is stepping up.

Big improvement from a week ago. Noah is playing his best game ever. Now, we need Wright to make some plays at cornerback.

VandownbytheriverDuck

More air under the throws might help.

oregon111

good point, but then it could turn into a jump ball

ducker1

Ducks doing us proud this half. Things could be better but better than expected.

Not a bad first half. 2/3 timeouts wasted
on offense and Ducks got beat by Tempo on the TD.
Solid effort on D.

DuckIt

Ducks better not let them score before the half.

David Marsh

Come on football gods… Let’s see oregon get a pick 6 now!