Arizona had its shot, but Oregon proved too much to handle.
The Ducks beat the Wildcats on Saturday 48-29 in Eugene. I was fortunate enough to attend the game, and let me tell you, for a while, it looked like the game was Arizona’s to lose.
The first half was clearly the type of game that Arizona wanted to play. The defense played well, holding Oregon to only 14 points and under 200 yards of total offense. LaMichael James hadn’t scored a touchdown, and Darron Thomas hadn’t gotten in a groove. The Wildcat defense was in sync, too. Nick Foles got a lot of help from his offensive line in the first half, and made some great throws. The running game wasn’t getting much, but near halftime it had looked like Arizona may have had a chance to get something going on the ground.
But there’s a reason football games aren’t only played for 30 minutes. After the half, Oregon came out hungry. They weren’t going to be pushed around, at 10-0 and #1 in the country, in their own stadium. The UA defense looked confused, tired, and bullied in the second half. Oregon’s o-line had their way with the defensive front, as the Ducks ran for 300 yards in the second half alone. Wow.
The Wildcats did do some things well. They seemed to convert on almost all third down plays, especially in the first half. The deep ball was working throughout the game, and I’m surprised Arizona didn’t go for it more. Nick Foles passed for almost 450 yards, and carved up the UO secondary, even if some of those numbers came after Oregon was up big. The defense also made some big stops, forcing some turnovers that didn’t let Oregon get anything going early in that first half.
The Ducks are number one in the country for a reason. They have an explosive offense, a fast and underappreciated defense, and they come at you full speed, with focus and concentration. The Wildcats looked like they had the passion in the first half, but the second half was a completely different story. In order to salvage at least a bit of their season, the Cats need to win their last two games. They started the season off with a bang, beating a top-ten team in Iowa. Then they lost to Oregon State at home. After going 7-1, Arizona then lost back-to-back games against Stanford and USC, and now Oregon. An 8-4 season isn’t terrible, but with the amount of talent that is on this team, anything worse than a 9-4 overall record to end the season will be considered a disappointment.
About the Author
Written by Henry Childs
I am currently a senior at the University of Oregon studying Broadcast Journalism. Although I have a love for my Ducks, I am simply an avid college football fan trying to get a head start in the sports journalism world. Born and raised in Portland, I am also a ginormous Portland Trailblazers fan. Some of my loves include golf, Dr. Pepper, pugs, and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.