6 takeaways from Oregon’s 17-7 win over CAL

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PORTLAND (KOIN) – The Ducks came off a less than impressive win over a tough CAL team, while it might have looked pretty a win is a win and there were still some great things done by this Ducks team.

  1. Ducks defensive CAN win them games

The Bears came out and drove the ball the length of the field and went up early on the Ducks and while the offense continued to struggle to get into a rhythm, the defense stood tall. After that first score, they completely shut CAL down offensively and made the plays when they presented themselves. This defense is the real deal and will win them more games this season. 

2.Offense needs to establish identity 

Head Coach Mario Cristobal has stated numerous times that they want to be a physical football team. Up front, the Ducks are arguably the most physical team in the conference. But, they seem to be missing that true identity. Whether that be running smash mouth football or letting Herbert show off his talents, at times the Ducks offense seems in disarray.

3. Kayvon Thibodeaux is exactly what we thought he was

With defensive end Gus Cumberlander going down with an injury,  Kayvon was able to get a good handful of reps and he made the absolute most of them He finished with two sacks and showed power, explosiveness and more importantly, his game looks mature. He is going to be a force in the coming seasons for the Ducks. 

4. Pittman when healthy, is the best receiver for the Ducks

Pittman was a guy that was raved about the entire fall camp, once he went down with injury it was unsure when he would make his return and if he would be the same player. Pittman certainly silenced any of those doubts and had himself a great game. Not only did he play with great effort and make phenomenal

 catches, but he brought energy to an offense that was struggling. 

5. Offense needs to let Herbert do his thing

I completely understand that the coaches scheme to what they think will work. With how great CAL’s defensive back group is, the run game would have been most effective. That being said,  Herbert is one of the most talent players in the entire country, sometimes you just have to let a player play and he is a playmaker by definition. I want to see the Ducks unchain the beast and let him make the plays. 

6. This team responds well to adversity

A saying that floats around football is if you turn the ball over twice in one game, you have a 90% chance of losing. The Ducks really buried that saying. Two fumbles and a interception and the Ducks found a way to come out with a win. It was very impressive to see them battle back from the countless turnovers and struggles on offense. This shows me that this team is legit and no matter what the circumstances are, they can find a way with a win.

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