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Oregon Ducks Postgame Interviews: California

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The Ducks have nothing to be ashamed of after their relentless 20-point comeback in the second half

Oregon v California Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Oregon Ducks football postgame interviews for Friday, October 21 game against the California Golden Bears. If you missed anything from the players or coaches following the Ducks 52-49 loss, fear not, that’s why we are here.

HEAD COACH MARK HELFRICH

GAME IMPRESSIONS:

“It’s tough. Just tough how the guys battled. Battled back, put themselves in that position.”

WHY DID YOU LOSE:

“Too many others. Whether it’s missed tackles, penalties, a bunch of things that hurt us. We were better in the second half. We put ourselves in position to win the game and they made a couple plays at the end of the game that we didn’t.”

Oregon v California
Head coach Mark Helfrich had nothing but admiration for his players after their performance on Friday. They could’ve hung their heads, but chose to battle back instead.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

2ND HALF ADJUSTMENTS:

“Tackled, fit, played coverage better. There were some busts in the first half that we kind of knew what was coming and had a great call, we need to figure out what happened there. From a coverage standpoint, a couple of them. They did a bunch of things differently in the first half. We kind of anticipated that we do something different against them. Young quarterback coming off a bye week and we talked about that. But, they did a better job than us to start the game on offense. But we got it going from a complimentary standpoint there in the third quarter.”

2ND HALF MESSAGE:

“Do your job. We had a coverage that they can’t score from and they scored twice on them. Just executing that. Penalties. Penalties. At times we were lined up incorrectly. Just a bunch of those self-inflected wounds. Self-inflicted kind of things that got after us.”

TEAM’S EFFORT:

JUSTIN HERBERT’S PERFORMANCE:

“Just a ton of support for him in the locker room. He’s obviously very hard on himself in terms of how the end occurred. But, we should have never been in that situation. I’d do the exact same thing at the end and trust him to make the play. Let’s go do it again right now.”

QUARTERBACK JUSTIN HERBERT

WEEKLY PROGRESSION:

“Definitely making progress from last week. It’s a step in the right direction, but definitely not the way we wanted it to end.”

FINAL PLAY OF THE GAME:

“It worked the past couple times. It looked very similar on that play. I just didn’t see the linebacker. He got under it and made a good play. I couldn’t see it because of the line.”

Oregon v California
In just his second collegiate start, true freshman Justin Herbert threw six touchdown passes in a losing effort from Berkeley, California.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

2ND HALF ADJUSTMENTS:

“I think, just really focusing on slowing down and taking each play by itself. Having a plan each play. Fortunately, we got back into it."

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