The rivalry game between the Ducks and the Beavers was one for the history books, that saw Oregon get upset in Corvallis, Saturday. The final score was 38-34 and left the Beavers victorious.
The annual Oregon Classic is a highly anticipated game every year. The two Oregon schools are only an hour apart, and each year tension runs high between the fans. This year the game took place in Corvallis and the teams kicked off at 12:30. Oregon has played hard all season. After a loss against Georgia, they were on a winning streak. This streak came to end recently against the Huskies. After that, the team has a close game with Utah but won. However, in the last game, the Ducks seemed to feel the pressure.
The game started off rocky for the Ducks as the Beavers scored almost immediately. As the game progressed the Ducks fought back hard. The offense fought hard to get points on the board to keep the team in the lead. Oregon States’ defense fought hard to keep the Ducks out of the end zone and for most of the game they failed to do that. In the first half of the game, the two teams seemed to take turns scoring field goals and touchdowns. The first half of the game ended with the Ducks in the lead. As the third quarter began the Ducks seemed to score one touchdown after the other. They continued to put points on the board and Ducks fans were thrilled and expecting another win. However, as the third quarter wrapped up and the fourth quarter began fans began to get nervous. The Beaver quickly turned the game around with eight minutes left the team was in the lead by four points. This had fans in shock. The Ducks who were ranked number nine were expected to beat the Beaver who was ranked number 22. This unexpected loss had the Ducks frustrated while the Beavers celebrated another win against the Ducks.
“That’s a hurting locker room right now,” said Ducks coach Dan Lanning. “We played about half a game or third-quarters of a game… Didn’t finish there.”
The Oregon rivalry has been around for almost 130 years and is one of the most highly anticipated games every season. The game is usually the last game of the regular season for both teams and can really affect playoff status. Like it has for the Ducks this year. With the recent loss, there is some uncertainty about what the playoffs will look like for the Ducks this season. However, we have an update on the Pac-12 Championship Game scenarios:
With the Ducks now finished with their regular season, Autzen will be quiet for a while but the fanbase is ready to see what their team will do in the upcoming weeks.