Coach Woody Analysis: Run Game Evolution and Opportunistic Defense Stun Utes

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In only his second year at the helm, coach Mario Cristobal was able to clutch the Pac-12 championship trophy and smell roses two weeks after ingesting the smell of manure and getting knocked out of national championship contention by Arizona State. His Ducks, looking like studs, scored 37 points on one of the best defenses in the country, and his …

Coach Woody Analysis: Ducks Need More than the Pistol to Beat Utah

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Oregon won the Civil War 24-10 to give coach Mario Cristobal a fine 10-2 record, but left a majority of Duck fans with less than celestial euphoria. Former All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Herbert performed as the good soldier he is at quarterback; good enough to tip the scales over an Oregon State team that refused to be overwhelmed, …

Coach Woody Analysis: Ducks Collapse in the Desert

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Oregon was shocked by Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels, an 18-year old freshman quarterback, who blitzed the Duck secondary for 408 yards passing, including going 5 for 5 on deep bombs. Three such bombs resulted in touchdowns, paving the way for a 31-28 win and an end to the Sun Devils’ four-game losing streak. Oregon’s defense looked lethargic, and it showed …

Coach Woody Analysis: Arizona a Good Win, but Not Good Enough

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Coach Mario Cristobal allowed a long pass on the second play from scrimmage and it was a perfect 73-yard strike to Johnny Johnson III from Justin Herbert, and the Oregon Ducks were off and flying to their ninth-straight victory, 34-6 over Arizona. The win clinched first place in the Pac-12 North Division and a ticket to the championship game against …

Coach Woody Analysis: Will Ducks Trip on Way to Pac-12 Crown?

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Oregon’s second bye week of the season allowed Duck fans an opportunity to assess the improvement coach Mario Cristobal has established with his team and the potential for more excitement down the home stretch of the 2019 season. The Pac-12 North Division race has been settled — Oregon is in, no matter the results of the last three games: Arizona, …

Coach Woody Analysis: Ducks Win, but Lose Their Poise

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Last weekend the Oregon Ducks demolished USC 56-24 on the Trojans’ hollowed turf, but the game was not the classic that it could have been. Coach Mario Cristobal’s team rang up 12 penalties, 10 of which were personal fouls for a total of 157 yards. You could describe some of these fouls, particularly two on Troy Dye, as deliberate and …

Coach Woody Analysis: A Victory Marred by Mistakes

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Coach Mario Cristobal found out several important things in his team’s exciting win over a determined Washington State squad, one of which is that he actually has a confident field goal kicker, Camden Lewis, who came through, drilling a 26-yarder as the gun sounded for a 37-35 victory. Another observation might be how fast Justin Herbert can drive the Duck offensive …

Coach Woody Analysis: Ducks Out-Muscle Huskies

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Oregon coach Mario Cristobal had his greatest victory as a head coach and by the most satisfying means possible — a tough, resilient defense and a powerful offense that mixed creativity with hammer and tong to knock off Washington 35-31 after playing much of the game behind on the scoreboard. There were many surprised by the creative use of screen …

Coach Woody Analysis: Duck Defense Suffocates Hapless Buffs

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After Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was 10-of-15 in the first quarter against Colorado, passing aficionados were giddy at the prospect of their Beloved Duck having the opportunity of throwing 50 or 60 times in one game. Unfortunately, Herbert cooled, hitting only 8-of-17 in the final three quarters, but that was plenty because the defense absolutely ate the Buffaloes up, defending …

Coach Woody Analysis: An Oregon Win, but so Many Miscues

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Oregon’s defense was tooled for the first touchdown it allowed in four games, but recovered enough to shut down Cal 17-7. Coach Mario Cristobal’s offense had to work hard to get only two touchdowns and quarterback Justin Herbert squirmed, having an off day, throwing his first interception of the season and gaining only 214 yards through the air. Herbert’s timing …

Coach Woody Analysis: Oregon Didn’t Need Much “O”

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Coach Mario Cristobal and Duck fans everywhere enjoyed a measure of revenge for last year’s debacle loss to Stanford with a satisfying 21-6 win over the Cardinal in Palo Alto. Although most would have preferred six or seven touchdowns, three were enough and the defense continued to keep players out of their end zone. The Ducks had problems blocking on …