Vincent S: I'm going to go by feelings for this week. Based on my gut feelings, I learned a little bit more about how I felt about this team. For example, I realized during the game that every time the ball left Bridgford's hand, I wasn't wondering whether it'd be horribly underthrown or five feet above a receiver's head. I knew Bridgford would at least get the ball into a position where a receiver had a chance. Placement was still sometimes an issue, but it was a much nicer feeling trusting the quarterback's arm.
I was also impressed with our ground game. The O-line manhandled their depleted front seven and paved the way for 236 rushing yards, the most the Ducks have surrendered all season. Sofele in particular had a stellar performance.
Finally, I am glad we can put to bed any Maynard-Bridgford conspiracy theories. Maynard is pretty clearly a better QB--not leagues better, but better nonetheless.
|NET YARDS RUSHING||180||236|
|Average Per Rush||3.8||5.9|
|Yards Gained Rushing||203||253|
|Yards Lost Rushing||23||17|
Sofele had a great game. Anderson looked great, too. Bigs didn't have the greatest rushing game out there, but all this experience will be great for him going forward. Wish we had run Isi and Anderson more.
Another positive is the defense. I know, I know, Oregon put up almost 600 yards and 59 points. But what I saw out there from the defense was awesome. They were fired up! They were motivated. Oregon finally got their points and their yards, but the D didn't give up anything easy to them. Barner himself averaged about 3 yards per carry.
Unclesam22: One of the huge positives for me was that the Bears still had a ton of fight in them. Literally, in some cases. They played hard until the end, fought for every yard, and even when the outcome was no longer in doubt, they still seemed to be giving their all. In a lost game in a lost season, I think that bodes well for the character of our players and the future of the program.
One of the other things that stood out to me was the play of McCain and Forbes together. They seemed to be all over the field and if we get Whiteside back and integrate Fortt, I'm pretty excited about our linebacking corps next year.
I also echo Twist about Isi and CJ looking monsterous out there. They both played so hard and had punishing runs and it was great to see them both have good games for their last outings in Memorial.