Football season has officially started for Oregon Duck fans. The Ducks faced off against the Bulldogs and lost with a final score of 49-3.
The Ducks kicked off the 2022 campaign in Atlanta, Georgia with new head coach Dan Lanning. This game was an unexpected but exciting way to start the season. Especially since the two teams are in different conferences and, do not get to play against each other often. Fans have been anticipating this game all summer. Coming into the game, Oregon was ranked 11th and Georgia 3rd in the nation. However, this did not make them nervous. They came in confident and ready to put up a fight. While this game was exciting for fans, it was also a bit of a reunion for Lanning. He got to see Kirby Smart the head coach of Georgia, who Lanning worked with before coming to Oregon. While most Ducks are not used to the Bulldogs, this was nothing new for Bo Nix. He has played Georgia for the last 3 years making this his 4th and final face-off against the team.
The game started with Georgia winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half. This meant the Ducks would start with the ball. By the end of the quarter, Georgia had the lead 7-0. As the second quarter began, Oregon fought back, kicking a field goal that gave them three points on the board. Even with the hard work of the Ducks, Georgia was in the lead 28-3 at half-time. By the end of the 2nd quarter, Georgia had 2 interceptions which gave them the chance to score 2 out of their 4 touchdowns. However, as the 3rd quarter started the Ducks still came in with heads high and confidence up. The last two quarters were filled with Georgia scoring touchdowns. However, the Ducks did not go down without a fight.
Even with the Ducks falling in their first game of the season, the fans are still excited to see what the rest of the season has in store. The loss does not come as a surprise as many had the Ducks losing this one big. It might take the team time to find their groove.
After a huge loss, the Ducks will look to rebound next week when they take on Eastern Washington back at home. Even though the Ducks lost, it shouldn’t shake the confidence.
Honoring Spencer Webb:
The Ducks also entered the season with a heavy heart after the devastating loss of Spencer Webb. The team honored him on the field with the No. 4 in the middle of a spider web on their helmets.