Given the up and downs of the Ducks’ early season, it was hard to know what to expect from the team going into this afternoon’s match up against Washington State- especially considering the fight the Cougs gave Ducks last season in Pullman. In that meeting, the Ducks had their trusty quarterback aka Marcus Mariota and narrowly made it out of Pullman with what should have been a fairly easy victory.
With the Ducks’ woes at secondary and its quarterback carousel in the wake of Vernon Adams Jr.’s injured finger, predicting how Oregon might handle Mike Leach and his “Air Raid” offense. Anyone who has followed Washington State the last couple of years knows “Air Raid” might be an understatement. Even as a die hard fan, I honestly walked into Autzen with a sense of doom. Fortunately, I was wrong to feel that way. . .so far.
The first half has been pretty solid. Though not flawless, Oregon’s defense has clearly cleaned things up in many areas and has managed to hold the Cougs to 14 points going into the half. The secondary seems to be where they should be most of the time and tackling looks much sharper.
Offensively speaking, Lockie has remained steady and with a good amount of help from Royce Freeman and Bralon Addison, the Ducks have managed to keep the chains moving, scored 17 points so far.
Of course, this is not the kind of score Duck fans are used to seeing, but considering how successful WSU’s passing game has been this year and how poor Oregon’s secondary has performed, things are looking pretty good.
Here’s to a solid second half. Go Ducks!