The Oregon Ducks drop another PAC-12 game this week to Washington State. Jeff Lockie got the star again, going 13/22 for 123 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Taylor Alie saw some playing time as well, but going 0/2. Running back Royce Freeman once again racked up some great stats, rushing for 246 yards and two touchdowns at an average of 9.1 yards per carry.
On the other side of that, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk had himself a heck of a day. He threw for 505 yards and 5 touchdowns to 0 interceptions and completed 50 of 74 attempts and rushed for another touchdown. Gabe Marks was his go to guy, pulling in 8 receptions for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns.
With roughly 7 minutes left in the game, and the Ducks up 10 points, Helfrich decides to get conservative and run the ball on Oregon's final 6 plays of regulation. On both drives, the Ducks failed to get a first down and had to punt, which lead to Washington State getting another field goal and touchdown to tie up the game following those two Oregon punts. As mentioned above, Freeman was averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Helfrich was clearly trying to kill the clock on these drives, thinking that in doing so, he would be safe and come away with the win by being up by two scores. With that said, one would think that you get a tad bit more aggressive and a little less predictable in order to pick up those first downs and keep the drive alive. Or, does it even matter because it should have been on the Duck's defense to get stops, as it was pretty obvious that the Washington State offense was going to throw the ball on almost every down?