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Second Half Thread: Duck Defense Holds Strong, Offense Slow to Wake Up

Ducks lead Bulldogs 21 to 13

Fresno State v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images


Anthony Brown: 7/12 - 101 YDS - 1 TD - 9 Car - 35 YDS

Jake Haener: 20/29 - 220 YDS - 1 TD

TD SCORERS: (UO) CJ Verdell, Travis Dye, Anthony Brown Jr, Johnny Johnson III (FSU) Jake Haener, Jalen Cropper

DUCK YARDS: 164 yards - 101 passing - 63 rushing

BULLDOG YARDS: 212 yards - 220 passing - (-8) rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 2 (2 FUM) - Bulldogs: 0

Fresno State v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images


  • After a touchback kicked from Camden Lewis to start the game, the Duck defense stopped Ronnie Rivers for no gain on first down.
  • On 3rd-and-7, Quarterback Jake Haener found Jalen Copper for a 12-yard gain. Then Kayvon Thibodeaux forced an off throw from Haener on 2nd-and-8, and followed that up by pressuring Haener into a 14-yard loss on a sack from Bradyn Swinson to effectively end the drive.
  • Anthony Brown Jr’s first drive began with an incompletion, followed by two QB runs for 13 yards to earn the first down.
  • A 19-yard pass to Kris Hutson got the Ducks across midfield, but the drive stalled shortly after when Brown failed to connect with Mycah Pittman on 3rd-and-6.
  • An - Oregon defensive holding penalty - set Fresno State up at the Bulldog 30, but a sack by Thibodeaux on the first play of the drive forced a fumble from Haener that outside linebacker Mase Funa collected and returned for 13 yards to the Bulldog 3-yard line.
  • Running Back CJ Verdell took three carries to pound in Oregon’s first touchdown of the season.

Ducks 7 - Bulldogs 0

(3 plays, 3 yards, 1:11)

  • Fresno State’s next drive mirrored their previous one: on the first play, Noah Sewell stripped the ball from star running back Ronnie Rivers, which was recovered by defensive tackle Keyon Ware-Hudson.
  • And just like their previous drive, the Oregon offense used just three run plays to reach the end zone. A pair of runs from Brown netted 15 yards, aided by a - Fresno State Roughing the Passer Penalty - then Running Back Travis Dye earned the 4-yard score.

Ducks 14 - Bulldogs 0

(3 plays, 27 yards, 0:58)

  • The teams traded three-and-outs, then the Bulldogs ended the quarter by starting a drive on their own 15-yard line and taking it to the Oregon 9-yard line that used up the last 4:22 of the first quarter.
Fresno State v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images


  • Fresno State failed to continue their drive after the half, but kicker Abraham Montano got the Bulldogs on the board with a 33-yard Field Goal.

Ducks 14 - Bulldogs 3

(12 plays, 69 yards, 5:13)

  • The Ducks ran the ball seven consecutive times on their following drive, but after a fumble was fortunately recovered by the offense on 2nd-and-5, Brown failed to connect with slot receiver Jaylon Redd on 3rd-and-11.
  • Haener and the Bulldogs responded strong by putting together a 14-play, 68-yard drive fueled largely by Haener’s arm. The drive resulted in another field goal from Montano, this time from 39 yards out.

Ducks 14 - Bulldogs 6

(14 plays, 68 yards, 6:09)

  • Oregon mixed things up by airing things out. Brown completed four passes for a total of 72 yards on their next drive, capping it off with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Johnson III.

Ducks 21 - Bulldogs 6

(6 plays, 74 yards, 2:15)

  • It appeared Haener began to feel a lot more comfortable late in the second quarter, highlighted by an 18-yard pass to fellow ex-huskie Receiver Ty Jones.
  • On 2nd-and-17, Haener picked up 11 yards on a scramble. Then an - Oregon Personal Foul - was called on Justin Flowe for a late hit, which quite frankly could have been called for targeting as Haener had already given himself up and Flowe seemingly aimed for a helmet to helmet hit.
  • Haener then got the Bulldogs into the end zone with 7 seconds remaining in the half by connecting on passes of 11 and 17 yards on 3rd-and-10 and 2nd-and-10, respectively. Jalen Cropper collected the first Bulldog touchdown of the contest.

Ducks 21 - Bulldogs 13

(10 plays, 75 yards, 1:09)

  • The half ended with an overthrown pass to Spencer Webb.
Fresno State v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images


Ducks 21 - Bulldogs 13