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Second Half Thread: Oregon Takes a 14-7 Lead Over Ohio State into the Half


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 11 Oregon at Ohio State Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Ducks and Buckeyes are in a defensive battle! Oregon leads 14-7 at the half. GO DUCKS!

Anthony Brown: 10/19 - 143 YDS - 1 TD - 4 Car - 33 YDS

CJ Stroud: 16/22 - 190 YDS - 1 TD - 3 Car - 17 YDS

TD SCORERS: (UO) CJ Verdell {2} Anthony Brown (OSU) CJ Stroud, Garrett Wilson

DUCK YARDS: 245 yards - 143 passing - 102 rushing

BUCKEYE YARDS: 271 yards - 190 passing - 81 rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 0 - Buckeyes: 0

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  • The Ducks elected to kick to start the game.
  • The first play of the game was a quick pass to star receiver Chris Olave outside for a 2-yard gain. On the next play, quarterback CJ Stroud picked up the first first down by connecting with his other star receiver, Garrett WIlson, for an 11-yard gain.
  • ON 3rd-and-2, running back Miyan Williams picked up another Buckeye first down with a 20-yard gain.
  • A tackle-for-a-loss set up a 3rd-and-7, and back-to-back missed throws from Stroud resulted in a turnover-on-downs at the Oregon 31.
  • Oregon’s first play of the game was an 11-yard run up the gut from running back CJ Verdell.
  • A 9-yard keeper from quarterback Anthony Brown was followed up by a 7-yard gain from Verdell for another Oregon first down.
  • Brown threw incompletions on first and second down, then on 3rd-and-10 a screen to Verdell picked up 0 yards, resulting in a Tom Snee punt to the Ohio State 5.
  • Back-to-back carries from Williams netted six yards, then Stroud connected with Olave for a gain of eight and a first down.
  • Williams picked up another first down three plays later, then Stroud ran for 15 yards on 3rd-and-15 on the proceeding drive.
  • A false start on 2nd-and-7 at at the Oregon 30 doomed the Buckeye drive, which ended in a punt to the Oregon 1.
  • Starting in their own end zone, running back Travis Dye carried the ball twice for a total of 12 yards to earn a first down and some breathing room for the Oregon offense.
  • On the next play, Brown found Devon Williams for a 19-yard pass. Then, Dye quickly earned another first down by with a 10-yard run.
  • A tackle-for-a-loss and an incomplete pass to Williams resulted in a 3rd-and-11 at the Oregon 41, but a screen to Verdell picked up 20 yards and the first down to end the first quarter.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 11 Oregon at Ohio State Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images


  • Verdell picked up seven yards on the first play of the quarter. Then, on the next play, Brown rushed for 18 yards to reach the Ohio State 14.
  • On first down, Verdell took it 14 yards for the first score of the game.

Ducks 7 - Buckeyes 0

(10 plays, 99 yards, 3:57)

  • After nearly fumbling the ball on the kick return, the Buckeyes were forced into their first three-and-out of the contest.
  • After another great punt from Jesse Mirco and excellent coverage from the Ohio State special teams, the Ducks were once again forced to start at their own 1-yard line.
  • Brown attempted a deep shot to Johnny Johnson III on first down that flew over the receiver. Then, on second, Dye picked up two yards to make it 3rd-and-8 at the Oregon 3.
  • With field position very much on the line, tight end Cam McCormick caught a 16-yard pass that moved the sticks. Unfortunately, McCormick was injured on the play and hopped off the field.
  • A pair of runs from Brown and Verdell gained a total of five yards, but on 3rd-and-5 Brown failed to connect with Kris Hutson.
  • Ohio State started at their own 30 and picked up 26 yards on their first play of the drive on a pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Three plays later, on 3rd-and-8, Smith-Njigba earned another first down with a 15-yard reception.
  • On the next play, Stroud evened up the score with a 27-yard TD pass to Wilson.

Buckeyes 7 - Ducks 7

(5 plays, 70 yards, 1:47)

  • The Ducks started at their own 35, and began the drive with a 12-yard pass to true freshman Troy Franklin.
  • After a 0-yard run from Verdell, Brown hit Hutson for a 30-yard gain to the Ohio State 23.
  • Franklin caught his second pass of the contest, this time for a seven-yard gain.
  • Back-to-back one-yard gains from Verdell set up a 4th-and-1 at the Ohio State 14, and Cristobal elected to go for it. Verdell took a shovel pass to the house for his second score of the day.

Ducks 14 - Buckeyes 7

(7 plays, 65 yards, 3:51)

  • The Buckeyes started at their own 19 and quickly picked up 34 yards with a long run from Williams and a 13-yard reception from Olave.
  • The Buckeyes ran into a 4th-and-2 at the Oregon 39, and linebacker Noah Sewell took down Williams at the line to force another turnover on downs.
  • A pair of runs from Brown and Dye earned the Ducks a first down.
  • Terrance Ferguson earned a first down with a 15-yard reception, but a couple plays later was called for holding which wiped out a deep catch from Mycah Pittman.
  • The holding penalty called on Ferguson put the Ducks in a 2nd-and-20, which turned out to be too much to convert. Oregon punted to end the drive.
  • Ohio State traveled 62 yards in four plays, but wasn’t able to add to their score before the end of the first half.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 11 Oregon at Ohio State Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images


Ducks 14 - Buckeyes 7