Originally written on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 10/26/14
In-game notes taken while working the game for Duck Sports Authority: Wogan blasts one 8 yards deep, touchback. That's going to be a huge weapon when they face dangerous returners. Bears first throw underneath to Harper for 6 yards. They'll be looking to dink and dunk the Ducks all night, but very difficult to do that successfully. 1-6 start for Mariota passing, again. Has to find a better rhythm early in games. Ducks force another turnover, by Tony Washington, who's been a rock this year. Huff on the quick screen for the td. Malone and Buckner get great pressure on Goff and force another fumble. Bears talked bravely about handling Autzen, the weather and the pressure, but so far, not. Wogan with his second touchback. 13-yard run by Lasco for the Bears first first down. Crunching tackle by Brian Jackson. Goff is having trouble with the wet ball. Ducks pursuit is relentless and Buckner recovers another fumble, forced by Bo Lokombo. Blocking on the edge in the quick screen game has been superb. Big gainer by Josh Huff into the red zone. Ducks have spent the entire first quarter on the Bears end of the field. Back to back penalties for the Ducks. A false start makes it 4th and 9. Fade route to Lowe is incomplete. Ducks lead 20-0, but got no points on two of their turnovers. A little sloppy, but it's a sloppy night. Not a time to expect perfection. Weird that the Bears, a team that relies heavily on the quick screen game, has no answer for Oregon's quick screens. Johnstone and Grasu carve out a huge hole for Byron Marshall, who's having a career day as the feature back tonight. Next man up, indeed. Johnny Mundt with a nice grab on a crossing route for 28 yards. Reminds me so much of David Paulson, with that flair for the clutch catch. Great keep by Mariota. Fooled half the Bear defense and dove in for the 2-yard score. 34-0 Ducks 18 minutes into the game. Oregon defense is swarming to the ball tonight, playing with a sense of urgency and mission. Zach Kline in at quarterback for the Bears. Ducks have outgained the Bears 268-106 so far, 14 first downs to 6, 5 turnovers to one. Adds up to 34-0. Cal's gray uniforms are seriously ugly. They look like a prison football team in the third remake of The Longest Yard. A.J. and I  were just talking about Byron Marshall. A.J. got a chance to know him as a high school senior at the All-American game was immediately impressed with his work ethic, a four-star kid who worked like a journeyman, like a kid trying to make the team rather than a high school star. Great athletic pedigree with both his parents in coaching and two siblings that were D-1 athletes. His success is not a surprise to anyone who's had the privilege to meet him. Mariota misses an open Addison on 3rd and 4, and the Ducks punt. Worst punt of the year by Maldonado. Torrodney Prevot with the athletic deflection, chases down the ball and runs it into the end zone though it's an incomplete pass--that's exactly what he should do, don't referee, play to the whistle. Great enthusiasm and hustle. Addison takes the punt 75 yards weaving down the right sideline. Beautiful run. 41-0. Tyner busts up the middle for 14. Mariota misses high to Lyerla, high to Hawkins, high to Addison. Now 10-21 for 111 yards. Not a Heisman night. Ducks 1-4 on fourth down tonight. Least impressive 41-0 lead in history, but the elements are a factor. Wonder why they are throwing so much at this point, and having their franchise quarterback carry for five yard gains. Rodrigues and Lockie are likely to play nearly all of the second, though the starters might get a series or two in the interest of establishing rhythm and creating continuity. Don't mean to criticize too harshly but the Ducks will need a more precise Mariota to beat Washington, UCLA and Stanford. He looked in a bit of a funk throwing the football in the first half, missing high or wide on half a dozen throws. He appears to be pressing and a little off in his footwork, perhaps bothered by the miserable weather. De'Anthony Thomas is on crutches as the Ducks prepare to kick off in the second half. Bralon Addison ties Cliff Harris' record with his second punt return td of the game, 67 yards. A.J. said he ran about 118 for that 67. Again, great blocking and tremendous discipline: no flags on a weaving return. I like Marshall as a runner, but he hasn't yet mastered making the last guy miss. More likely to give you 6 10's than one 60. Oregon defense is swarming to the ball tonight, playing with a sense of urgency and mission. Zach Kline in at quarterback for the Bears. 2nd turnover by the Ducks, a fumbled punt return by Chad Delaney. Shows how hard it is to go through three whole gamew without one. Defensive intensity is still good. Great game by DeForest Buckner. Derrick Maolone with 8 tackles at halftime. Mariota finishes his night 11-24 for 114 yards and 2 tds. Still has not thrown an interception. Statistically, this game is a lot like the one A.J. McCarron had in week one against Va. Tech. Johnny Manziel will lead all the Heisman lists this weekend after a big day against Arkansas. Mariota's  Heisman campaign takes a big dip after a lackluster day statistically. He'll need a big game against Washington, UCLA or Stanford to stay in it. Joe Walker with a couple of nice stops. Thomas Tyner getting his most extended action of the season, 10 carries for 72 yards and a td. 2nd team defense doing a good job of maintaining the intensity. Even on Cal's short-field scoring drive following the Delaney fumble they really battled. Great pass break up by Erick Dargan. Prevot with his 2nd pass breakup. He's going to be a Dion Jordan/Tony Washington type playmaker. Tyner's continued development is an especially good development given DAT's ankle injury. http://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/danthony-thomas-injury-b.gif?w=640The oft-maligned Alejandro has done a credible job as this year's punter. 50 yards on that last kick, although he did ****** one in the first half. His last one goes down to the 4, 63 yards with the roll, aided by great coverage. It was Mariota's worst game, though he was also victimized by drops and plagued by a wet ball. He sailed about five passes high and missed open receivers three or four other times. It didn't hurt the Ducks on a night they won handily though they were 1-4 on 4th downs. Benefitting from a lot of short fields and the the two Addison punt returns, they only had 381 yards of offense. They'll need more from him in the coming weeks, and this isn't the last game they'll play in bad weather. Conditions at the Civil War and the PAC-12 Championship Game will probably be worse. And the leading tackler for the Ducks was...Joe Walker., with 6 solos and 3 assists. Ifo and Derrick Malone had 8.
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