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CORVALLIS, Ore. — A three-touchdown lead during the 3rd quarter and an opportunity to play in the Pac-12 Championship Game beginning to seem to be over the horizon was a loss in the final game of the weekend for The Oregon basketball team.
After being down at first to Beavers after the Beavers had a lead, the Ducks made use of one of their signature surges during what they call the “middle 8” phase of the game, putting together an uninterrupted run of 24 points. However, Oregon State used its rushing game and some quick defensive stops to come back and prevail, 38-34 in Reser Stadium.
The Ducks dropped to 7-2 overall and 9-3 in conference play. But they could still qualify for the Pac-12 Championship Game with a victory for Washington State in the Apple Cup later on Saturday.
“That’s an emotional locker room at the moment,” UO coach Dan Lanning told reporters. “I sympathize with the players right now. In the end, several events contributed to the outcome. The team played about a half-game or three-quarters of a game but didn’t have enough time to complete the game.”
Oregon State scored touchdowns on its final four possessions on Saturday in addition to the one that ended the game. The Beavers scored even though they did not attempt a pass in the fourth quarter. The Ducks were able to turn in the opposite direction on the last three times, including a missed punt within the 5-yard line of their own and the other time after a missed pass within their own OSU 5-yard line.
The missed punt was muffed following an earlier blocked punt during the game. Oregon State was out to an advantage of 10-7.
“On special teams, they were far more efficient than we were this evening,” Lanning said.
After OSU made the ball to start the game and the Ducks won 7-3 after the incredible touchdown catch of Chase Cota in his first appearance in more than one month because of injury. The score was the first point the Beavers had conceded within the initial quarter of play since the beginning of October.
Oregon State responded with a go-ahead touchdown. The defense was quick to keep Oregon in the game by just three points, including Christian Gonzalez’s interception and a stop on fourth down from Casey Rogers. Following that play, Oregon drove to a 14-10 advantage thanks to the touchdown pass of Bo Nix to Troy Franklin shortly before halftime.
A fumble by Jeffrey Bassa gave Jeff Bassa and the Ducks the ball early during the 3rd quarter as Jordan James scored to make the score 21-10 to finish a plus-14 effort to put Oregon at”the “middle 8.” A rushing touchdown from Noah Whittington and a field goal by Camden Lewis. The lead was increased to 31-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Oregon State required four running plays to stop the momentum of Oregon with a touchdown that brought the team close to 31-17. Lewis scored a field goal to start the fourth quarter. However, OSU beat the Ducks, winning 21-0.
After the Beavers had scored 34-24 at the time, the Ducks were three-and-out, and a bobbled snap allowed OSU possession of the UO 2-yard line. After two plays, it was 34-31. Then, after the Ducks chose to take the ball on fourth down inside their opponents’ territory in their next game, instead of taking another punt and risking another punt, the Beavers were stopped again and then scored another time to lead the game after four consecutive runs.
“We start the game with a physical, strong,” UO defensive back as per Bennett Williams said. “But the momentum began to swing, and I don’t believe we responded in the way we’re used. … It was clear that we were aware that it was running, and we could not stop it. This is what it ended up being.”
Oregon’s final chance resulted in the Ducks getting within the 5-yard line because of a big pass by Nix toward Cota and two penalties against the Beavers. Three runs at the 5-yard line were not enough to bring the ball over the goal line. Lanning added that later on, it was likely that the Ducks “probably” became more predictable at that point -the pass on fourth down wasn’t completed.
Nix completed the game 27-of-41 passing, resulting in three27 yards with two scores. He was still operating under the game’s plan of play that restricted his ability to run because of the injury he sustained against Washington. Cota took nine passes to gain 13 yards, while Whittington was a runner 16 times, earning scores of 81 yards and 81 yards. Williams led the Ducks in tackles for the second game within a row, recording eight.
“It’s painful; losing is a pain,” Nix said. “Losing such a way, there’s nothing pleasant in it. It isn’t perfect. There are plenty of ways to learn and improve from it.
“It’s difficult, as we were given a chance. This makes it difficult. It’s important to look at yourself in the mirror and accept it.”
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