Final: Beavers 38, Ducks 34
The game followed the script to perfection. It sucked the maximum number of Duck's fans into believing their team was massively better than the Beavers, and then the Beavers, having given up 3 turnovers and suffering very poor officiating, stormed back and slammed the door shut on Duck Dreams. It was SO satisfying a way for the Beavs to win. But hey, Ducks, there is always next year.
Nobody talks about it, but can we all agree the OSU staff is the best in the Pac 12 at developing talent and creating culture? Eight 4/5 star recruits to Oregon's fifty two.
A game for the Ages. I have been a Beaver most of my long life, and this is one of the most satisfying wins I have been a part of. Jonathan Smith is a class act and exactly what the Beavers have needed.
Thank you for this game summary. I believe this program is 100% about Jonathan Smith. I was a huge fan in 2000 and am a huge fan now, one of his biggest boosters, though he will never know it. Smith is everything you want in a college coach: determined, competitive, intelligent, modest, over-achieving, inspiring, dependable. Any kid would want to play for him. And the more he wins, the easier it will be to get the best to commit to OSU, especially if the AD can attract some big donors to help fund the NIL program and increasingly so. What can Smith do with the talent level the Ducks are able to recruit? I can tell you. He will have a top 5 national program and contend with Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State for national championships. Jonathan Smith is that good of a coach and, I am sure, a person too.
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“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Very accurate take. The Beavs deserved to win today. They played clean, hard, physical football for four quarters. If not for their bad throws, the margin could have been larger.
They won the trenches. Our run defense was just bad, despite knowing that was all they could do. It was clear our entire coaching staff was out-coached in all three phases. We had the clear talent advantage, but OSU had heart, experience and some super talented backs as well. They were resilient and the more physical team and you could just feel this was their day.
I really like Lanning, but he has been betting big with house money way too much this season. After a momentum shift it’s his job to stay calm, read the room and get them back in focus by playing sound, fundamental football, to avoid a snowball at all costs.
Instead, when he gets punched in the mouth, he coaches with blind emotion. He calls himself right out of the game. He was playing reactive football when it counted instead of staying true to the plan that got him where he is.
P5 coaches are too good to coach reckless against. He had some plays go his way, but they are ready to exploit his gambles at this point. Hopefully he takes this and uses it to get better. It’s concerning he would make the same catastrophic mistake two weeks apart.
The sad thing about this win is that the Oregonian tomorrow will have 24 headlines about various BS articles about the Ducks...Ducks this, Ducks that. 'Bout time to get on the Orange Express. The great thing is - Jonathan Smith has turned this program around and they are winners. The expectation of Beaver fans is changing right now. This was a tremendous effort by the OSU team - a defense who bent but didn't break when it mattered, and an offense who decided they could run the ball down Oregon's throat. Nice win Beavs.
Going for it on fourth down may have been unwise, but the Ducks punting game was a disaster, so I don't completely blame Lanning there. Smith for Pac-12 COY for sure. Lastly, the officiating was a complete embarrassment, AGAIN.
Gotta love PAC12 football
I am so happy for the seniors - this whole season, but particularly this win, has been a testament to their work, their belief, their commitment, their motivation. I will miss every one of them. It's been great to watch them grow up in this program. Cannot say enough about Jonathan Smith and the staff he has put together, the players he has recruited and the culture he has built. I'm sure we'll still have to endure the "little brother" crap from UO fans, but oh this one was sweet. Go Beavs!
Great summary John! You got it all. I’m a Duck fan and it hurts, but the Beavs deserve the win. Really resilient. Ducks couldn’t get out of their own way. A game for the history books. What’s it called again? Let’s come to our senses and go back to the “Civil War” Per dictionary.com :“ a war between citizens of the same country.”
I couldn’t and still can’t believe it. I asked my wife in shock, “ victory formation?!!” The best game all year, hands down, best damn football game all year
Recruiting class hype is getting old. Having coaches (last year Mario, this year Dillingham) with their feet out the door and phoning it in is old. Helfrich lost to UW and OSU and it got him fired. Certainly Lanning shouldn’t go anywhere - but it ought to register how important these games are, and that slop and lack of attention don’t get it done. Now have to endurefor a year of the “lunch bucket U” OSU crap. But hats off to them, the embarrassed us and earned it. Smith is for real.
Mesmerized by Erickson’s comment, love Smith’s stoicism on the sideline even when the tide turned near end of 2nd quarter, how do officials still miss the proper placement after a video review (twice), and how to make sure your punter continues to psych himself out by having zero confidence in him after your comments following Washington loss, and just an unbelievable finish by the Beavers run game!
Great game overall, especially for the Beavers in the fourth quarter! I was really worried after the terrible ball spot by the officials that the Beavs got in the second quarter, and the whole game seemed to shift towards the Ducks at that point. But, the Beavs bounced back and didn’t quit today.
There is a line separating bold play from reckless. Oregon has been reckless a lot this season and I'd say it was a contributing factor today and v the Huskies. I put it on the coaches. Yes, I am a Lanning fan and remain so. But man, learn from your mistakes.