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WSU Thoughts

Yeah, um, we pretty much dominated the whole game.

I want to start with the defense, because this was probably the best defensive game that Oregon has played all year.  It didn't look like it would start out that way. The first two possessions, WSU drove into the red zone with ease.  But interceptions by John Bacon and Jerome Boyd ended the threats.  On the fourth possession, Brink fumbled at midfield.  Five Wazzu possessions in the first quarter, three turnovers, two punts, and Oregon led 17-0.  They would make it 19-0 with a safety on the first Wazzu possession of the second.

The defense gave up 251 yards passing, but that was to the most potent passing attack in the conference.  They gave up a paltry 63 yards rushing.  They got a massive amount of pressure on Brink and sacked him seven times, including 3.5 by Nick Reed.  Brink didn't complete a pass in the second quarter.  In fact, lets just look at WSU drives for the game:

INT
INT
Punt
Fumble
Punt
Safety
Punt
Punt
TD
Downs
Punt
Downs
Punt

Three of those drives were for negative yardage, and another three went for less than ten yards.  Dominance.

Offensively, the Ducks did whatever they wanted.  Basically, that equaled a ton of bubble screens.  You see that Dixon had almost 300 yards, but really only the TD pass to Pflugrad and the ridiculous pass to Stewart was slinging it downfield.  The rest were mostly bubble screens.  In fact, I think all four passes thrown to Williams were bubble screens.  WSU couldn't tackle, and most of those bubble screens were broken for huge yardage.  If the other team cannot tackle, why make it difficult.

It was nice to see Jaison Williams back in old form, breaking a ton of tackles on those screens.  I was also very impressed seeing Aaron Pflugrad in person.  Yes, he is tiny.  But he runs good routes, has great hands, and can block.  He'll have a bigger role following Colvin's injury, and if this game was any indication, he'll do just wonderfully.  We even had a Justin Roper sighting, although there wasn't much one could get out of it.

That's really about it.  When you dominate a game like this, there isn't a whole lot to analyze, because pretty much everything was done well.  Now, its time to concentrate on the Fuskies.  I really hate those sons of bitches.

GO DUCKS!!!

--Dave